Dorchester Hand Saw

dorchester hand saw
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Dorchester Hand Saw Review By: I.Ball

Category: New Hand Saws

Manufacturer: Thomas Flinn & Co.

Tool Type: Hand Saw

Model No: Dorchester

This E T Roberts and Lee 'Dorchester' Saw review is a review of the Dorchester Saw made by Thomas Flinn & Co (Sheffield, England).

The E T Roberts and Lee 'Dorchester' Saw is based upon and made to the same specification as an old E T Roberts and Lee saw.

The Dorchester Hand Saw is a traditional handsaw made with a wooden handle and an alloy steel blade which is taper ground and breasted.

The Walnut Handled Lynx Hand Saw is made in the following blade sizes:

     - 20 inch
     - 22 inch
     - 24 inch
     - 26 inch

roberts lee dorchester hand saw

The hand saws are made with a choice of three types:

     - Rip
     - Hand (Crosscut)
     - Panel (Crosscut)

The rip teeth are specialised for cutting with the grain and the crosscut teeth are specialised for cutting across the grain.

The rip saws have 4 1/2 tpi (teeth per inch), the hand saws have 7 tpi (teeth per inch) and the panel saws have 10 tpi (teeth per inch).

The teeth on these saws have been precisely hand sharpened, ready to go. The teeth can be resharpened again and again for a very long life.

dorchester hand saw

The blade has a E T Roberts and Lee 'Dorchester' laser etching with the markings: 'E.T.Roberts & Lee, Made In England, Dorchester, Alloy Steel, High Grade, Don Works, Made By Thomas Flinn & Co, Sheffield, England, Taper Ground. Hand Set And Sharpened'.

This Dorchester hand saw is fitted with a comfortably shaped American Black Walnut handle which is finished with Danish Oil.

The handle is secured to the blade using five traditional brass split-nut buttons which sit flush with the handle.

Note: Should it be needed at any point, split-nuts require a special split-nut screwdriver to make adjustments to them (or the very careful use of two small flat-head screwdrivers at the same time).


The Dorchester Hand Saw has incorporated many of the best features of good traditional hand saws.

This saw will be one which will be wanted to use again and again and will be handed down to many generations to come.

The Dorchester Hand Saw is usually presented in a brown cardboard box.

Cautions / Notes

* Important: please refer to the 'disclaimer' at the foot of this review.
* Wearing safety clothing and eye protection is usually a good idea to help protect against injury.

- This tool has sharp parts, take suitable precautions when using/handling/storing the tool to prevent injury.

- Failure to loosen parts when making adjustments can result in damage to the tool. Never force a part to move.

- Overtightening parts can cause damage to the tool.


Saw Construction

dorchester hand saw

Handle: Walnut

Number Of Buttons: 5

Type Of Buttons: Brass, Split-nut

Blade Markings: 'E.T.Roberts & Lee, Made In England, Dorchester, Alloy Steel, High Grade, Don Works, Made By Thomas Flinn & Co, Sheffield, England, Taper Ground. Hand Set And Sharpened'


Manufactured Dates

2008 - Today


- Thomas Flinn & Co.


(i) Please always refer to and follow the manufacturer's instructions / guidelines / safety notices / cautions and similar notices as the manufacturer's instructions may contain important information on safety, personal safety and the good health of your tool, something to which this review's scope does not guarantee to extend to.
(ii) This review may give warning(s) / advisory notes / cautions / guidelines given in good faith however any such information should not be solely relied upon and should not be seen as the exhaustive list of warnings / advisory notes / cautions / guidelines. Refer to disclaimer note (i) for information on safety, as well as the good health of your tool. In addition refer to good safety practices for the safety of you and others. Refer to good practices for the good health of your tool and property.
(iii) The details here are given in good faith, there is scope for error and shouldn't be fully relied upon, please be aware the details may also become out of date due to manufacturer changes to the product, please confirm any details for yourself by performing additional research from reliable sources.

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