The 10 Best Handsaws

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This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in October of 2017. More than any other tool, woodworkers require a dependable handsaw. Whether you're cutting lumber in the workshop or hewing fallen pine in the forest for firewood, a high-quality option will save you effort and give you the best cuts possible. The models on our list range from traditional western ripsaws to the double-sided tools that are popular in places like Japan. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Silky Professional Series Sugoi

2. Gyokucho Ryoba Double Edge Razor

3. Silky Folding PocketBoy

Editor's Notes

April 05, 2019:

The saws in this list were chosen to reflect the diverse skills of woodworkers. Here you'll find models designed for small-scale tasks, such as detail work, as well as hefty options that can process sizable, dense pieces of wood with relative ease. Furthermore, these selections come in multiple lengths, widths, and shapes — and some are double-edged — hopefully making it simple to locate the perfect tool for the job. The Suizan Japanese Six-Inch Dozuki Pull Saw was removed due to availability issues, and the Crown 187 Gents was added to the list because of its old-school steel, brass, and wood construction, which should prove appealing to artisans.

4. Silky Professional Series BigBoy

5. Stanley SharpTooth

6. Vaughan BS250D Bear

7. Stanley Fat Max 20-045

8. Irwin Tools Universal

9. GreatNeck N2610

10. Crown 187 Gents

Taber Koeghan
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