Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Gramercy Carcase Saw Kit

The Gramercy Tools Carcase Saw Kit

Last month I tried the new Gramercy Tools Carcase Saw (crosscut) at the Woodworking in America Conference. I've been using Japanese-style saws for a number of years, and only recently have I started moving back towards Western-style saws since so many fine sawmakers have begun offering their wares. Earlier this year I purchased the Gramercy Dovetail Saw kit and was extremely pleased with the ergonomics of the saw and the cut quality. So naturally I was eager to try the new Gramercy crosscut saw. I was hooked. Literally. After trying some crosscuts on the bench hook at the Tools For Working Wood booth I was all set to leave the show with a new saw. I left the booth empty handed though, planning to return and pick up the saw later that day. But before I had a chance to return, I was approached by Gramercy owner Joel Moskowitz. He asked if I wanted a carcase saw kit. I wasn't crazy about doing another saw handle, but I thought since the guy behind the saw was asking if I wanted to do a kit, I figured I ought to oblige. So I walked away from the show with a kit. And here is the result. My saw-handle making skills aren't what they should be, but this one does the job. And I can report that the saw cuts perfectly. Straight, quick, and very very smooth. I won't be picking up my Dozuki any time soon.


  1. this is about the saw. Does the canted blade make a noticeable difference in the cut.

  2. Here is the text from the TFWW site about the canted blade. It does help keep the cut consistent, but only if you also have good technique.

    "Both saws are canted, which means that the depth of cut at the toe (front) is a little shallower than at the heel. This makes the saw easier to track, needs less force, and overall easier to use. It's a feature you find on all early saws until mass production took over (and even then some saws have it). Depth of cut at the toe is 2 1/8"

  3. Jameel,

    You are too modest. If you think your saw handle making skills are not up to par I would like to see a handle made by someone you think is quite good. (grin)

    Ron Brese


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