Saw Care & Maintenance

Saw Care & Maintenance

Sharpening saws is no more difficult to master than sharpening chisels, it's just different.

Selecting the correct file for the job is the first step, so all of ours are listed with the range of pitches (number of teeth per inch) that they are appropriate for.

Chalking your files and using them with no downward pressure will help them to slide effortlessly, producing a smooth surface and the sharpest possible edge. Pressing downwards will make a mess of the teeth and probably damage the file.

They will wear out eventually, so we recommend keeping your newest file for 'best', i.e. only using it for the finishing pass, and then gradually relegate them over time.

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  1. Solid Brass Domed Saw Nuts

    £2.50
    Solid Brass unslotted screw with a serrated shank and a tubular slotted nut for attaching saw handles. (also useful for making handles for marking knives etc.) Requires a 1/4" (5.5mm) hole between 13/16" and 1" deep (21-25.5mm), the heads can be recessed slightly for thicker handles. Sold individually, please enter the number that you require....
  2. Japanese Saw Bag

    £22.50

    Purpose designed for storing and carrying Japanese saws, this durable nylon bag has internal leaves to keep the blades separate and an external pocket for a flush cutting saw.

    An adjustable shoulder strap and a loop so that you can hang it up from a nail or peg.

    • Length: 770mm
    • Width: 135mm
    • Deep: 65mm

    Made in Japan.

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  3. Bahco 4-186-08-2-0 Saw File 8 inch Slim (4-6 tpi) handled

    £16.00

    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file.

    This 8" (200mm) slim file is suitable for saws with 4 - 6 teeth per inch.

    Supplied with Holtzapffel style walnut handle.

    Bahco product code: 4-186-08-2-0...
  4. Bahco 4-186-08-2-0 Saw File 8 inch Slim (4-6 tpi)

    £11.50
    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file. This 8" (200mm) slim file is suitable for saws with 4 - 6 teeth per inch. Bahco product code: 4-186-08-2-0...
  5. Bahco 4-190-07-2-0 Double Ended Saw File 7 inch

    £10.10

    Effectively two 3-1/2 inch triangular, untanged taper saw files back to back, each acting as a tang for the other for sharpening saws with fine cross toothing. 

    • 24tcm
    • Length: 175mm
    • Width: 6mm

    Supplied complete with a re-useable wooden handle


    Bahco product code 4-190-07-2-0

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  6. Bahco 4-190-06-2-0 Double Ended Saw File 6 inch

    £9.60
    Effectively two four inch regular taper saw files back to back, each acting as a tang for the other. Supplied complete with a reusable handle. Bahco product code 4-190-06-2-0...
  7. Bahco 4-186-07-2-0 Saw File 7 inch Slim (5-7 tpi) handled

    £14.60

    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file.

    This 7" (175mm) slim file is suitable for saws with 5 - 7 teeth per inch.

    Supplied with Holtzapffel style walnut handle.

    Bahco product code: 4-186-07-2-0...
  8. Bahco 4-187-07-2-0 Saw File 7 inch X Slim (6-8 tpi) handled

    £16.90

    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file.

    This 7" (175mm) Extra slim file is suitable for saws with 6 - 8 teeth per inch.

    Supplied with Holtzapffel style walnut handle.

    Bahco product code: 4-187-07-2-0...
  9. Bahco 4-187-06-2-0 Saw File 6 inch X Slim (8-9 tpi) handled

    £13.20

    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file.

    This 6" (150mm) extra slim file is suitable for saws with 8 - 9 teeth per inch.

    Supplied with Holtzapffel style walnut handle.

    Bahco product code: 4-187-06-2-0...
  10. Bahco 4-188-06-2-0 Saw File 6 inch XX Slim (10-11 tpi) handled

    £15.70

    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file.

    This 6" (150mm) double extra slim file is suitable for saws with 10 - 11 teeth per inch.

    Supplied with Holtzapffel style walnut handle.

    Bahco product code: 4-188-06-2-0...
  11. Bahco 4-187-05-2-0 Saw File 5 inch X Slim (11-12 tpi) handled

    £12.70

    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file.

    This 5" (125mm) extra slim file is suitable for saws with 11 - 12 teeth per inch.

    Supplied with Holtzapffel style walnut handle.

    Bahco product code: 4-187-05-2-0...
  12. Bahco 4-188-05-2-0 Saw File 5 inch XX Slim (12-15 tpi) handled

    £14.50

    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file.

    This 5" (125mm) double extra slim file is suitable for saws with 12 - 15 teeth per inch including the Pax 1776 Tenon Saw and Pax Reversible Gents Saw.

    Supplied with Holtzapffel style walnut handle.

    Bahco...
  13. Bahco 2-302-18-2-0 Needle File 7 inch (15+ tpi) handled

    £18.20

    Originally recommended to us by one of the country’s leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I’ve seen on any sharpening file.

    This 7" (175mm) second cut needle file is suitable for saws with 15 teeth per inch.

    Supplied with Holtzapffel style walnut handle.

    Bahco product code: 2-302-18-2-0...
  14. Bahco 4-186-07-2-0 Saw File 7 inch Slim (5-7 tpi)

    £10.20
    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file. This 7" (175mm) slim file is suitable for saws with 5 - 7 teeth per inch. Bahco product code: 4-186-07-2-0...
  15. Bahco 4-187-07-2-0 Saw File 7 inch X Slim (6-8 tpi)

    £12.40
    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file. This 7" (175mm) Extra slim file is suitable for saws with 6 - 8 teeth per inch. Bahco product code: 4-187-07-2-0...
  16. Bahco 4-187-06-2-0 Saw File 6 inch X Slim (8-9 tpi)

    £8.70
    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file. This 6" (150mm) extra slim file is suitable for saws with 8 - 9 teeth per inch. Bahco product code: 4-187-06-2-0...
  17. Bahco 4-188-06-2-0 Saw File 6 inch XX Slim (10-11 tpi)

    £11.20
    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file. This 6" (150mm) double extra slim file is suitable for saws with 10 - 11 teeth per inch. Bahco product code: 4-188-06-2-0...
  18. Bahco 4-187-05-2-0 Saw File 5 inch X Slim (11-12 tpi)

    £8.20
    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file. This 5" (125mm) extra slim file is suitable for saws with 11 - 12 teeth per inch. Bahco product code: 4-187-05-2-0...
  19. Bahco 4-188-05-2-0 Saw File 5 inch XX Slim (12-15 tpi)

    £9.90
    Originally recommended to us by one of the country's leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I've seen on any sharpening file. This 5" (125mm) double extra slim file is suitable for saws with 12 - 15 teeth per inch including the Pax 1776 Tenon Saw and Pax Reversible Gents Saw. Bahco product code: 4-188-05-2-0...
  20. Bahco 2-302-18-2-0 Needle File 7 inch (15+ tpi)

    £13.70
    Originally recommended to us by one of the country’s leading hand tool authors, these saw files are made in Portugal from Swedish Sandvik steel and have some of the keenest edges I’ve seen on any sharpening file. This 7" (175mm) second cut needle file is suitable for saws with 15 teeth per inch. Bahco product code: 2-302-18-2-0...
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