Irwin Mini Dovetail Pull Saw 22Tpi 6Â½" (165mm)
Lightweight, small and sharp
I bought this as my inherited tenon saw is a bit blunt and chunky for some precise cuts I wanted to make. Overall the saw feels small and lightweight in the hand but is reassuringly effective when cutting wood especially when cutting the across the grain. It's less satisfying when cutting with the grain, seeming to struggle a bit. The blade is thin which is ideal for sharp-edged cuts.
Most practise cuts seem to deviate inwards but i reckon that's my poor technique and not a fault of the saw.
It has a blade release button so the handle can be re-used when blade is blunt but I can't find any replacement blades for sale anywhere. Not even on the Irwin website. There is a plastic edge protector that comes with that saw which is a nice touch.
I'm happy with the saw for now, but I would spend more on a larger, more refined one next time.
29 May 2015
Versatile, fine cutting saw
I looked around in DIY shops and tool specialists for ages trying to replace my dependable padsaw which no longer holds the blade tightly. Too many jabsaws and coping saws! Then I saw a builder using this Irwin pull saw to cut a cornice. He told me he got it from Screwfix so I bought one. Fits the bill exactly for cutting in awkward places, and has a firm locking mechanism for the blade too.
14 Feb 2015
Irwin Dovetail saw
This is the first time I have used Screwfix and the staff where friendly and help full.
The saw itself is a great piece of kit.
It is obviously based on Japanese saws with cutting done on the pull stroke.
I found it very accurate with a thin kerf and easy to get used to.
Although it is meant for small delicate work it is not shy about cross cutting much larger pieces of wood.
It is comfortable to use and with changeable blades sharpening is a thing of the past.
9 Jul 2014
Cuts very cleanly
A lot better than I expected it to be. Gives a very nice clean cut and is very sharp. The blade is also flexible, but not too much so.
16 Dec 2013