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Know your Saw – The Parts of a Saw Explained

If you want to know what each part of a saw is called here are all the answers. You don’t really need to know them, but it is interesting and this is the sort of stuff that very handy for the local pub quiz.

The Parts of a Handsaw

Saw Parts DiagramWe go into more detail on this in our DIY Project on handsaws on the main website, which includes a simple guide to which saw you should be using and how to use a saw to cut a straight line:

1.      Toe: This is the end that you don’t hold

2.      Heel: This is the opposite end to the toe and where the handle is attached

3.      Handle: The part that you hold – you probably knew this bit already, right?

4.      Blade or Saw Plate: This is generally used to describe the whole of the metal  part of the saw.

5.      Back: This is the top edge of the blade

6.       Toothline: This is the bottom edge of the blade

7.       Pinch: This is the spread of the teeth. The more teeth the smoother the cut, and the longer it will take to cut

8.       Gullets: This is the space between the teeth and is very important for the cutting attributes of the saw.

9.       Kerf: This is generally used to describe the width of the saw cut.

This is a very simple description, but if you want the full story please go to our project page. We also have a wide range of saws available to purchase in our shop.

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