In 1776, when America was still a British Colony and Thomas Chippendale Senior was still accepting commissions for his exquisite furniture, another Yorkshire born Thomas - Thomas Sanderson of Attercliffe near Sheffield, set about making the first ever Pax handsaw.
Today’s Pax 1776 Saw is a faithful reproduction, new and improved 2017version has a handcrafted walnut handle secured with a pair of brass split nuts, hand filed teeth and a hand polished folded brass spine. Flamboyant blade etchings didn’t come along until the 19th century so there’s just a quietly understated engraving on the spine to tell you what it is and where it comes from.
This 20tpi tenon saw, filed for cross cutting, makes the perfect partner for the dovetail saw. Smooth and precise it makes a neat job of tenon shoulders, housing joints, notches etc. The fine surface finish of the blade allows the user to line up the timber with its own reflection, ensuring a nice perpendicular cut every time.