Pax Dovetail Saw - No. 1

pax dovetail saw 1
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Pax Dovetail Saw No. 1 Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Thomas Flinn & Co.

Tool Type: Dovetail Saw

Model No: 1

The Pax dovetail saw no.1 review covers the Pax saw made by Thomas Flinn & Co of Sheffield, England.

The beech handled Pax dovetail saw has been a popular, long running dovetail saw which has been produced by Thomas Flinn for a number of years with a long history of being produced in different forms by different manufacturers.

The no.1 saw is made in one blade size:

     - 8 inch

The saw has an alloy steel blade which has a depth of 58mm (2 1/4 inch).

pax dovetail saw 1

The saws are made with a choice of two teeth type:

     - Rip
     - Crosscut

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

These saws have 20 tpi (teeth per inch), with hand sharpened teeth which can be resharpened again and again for a long life.

The Pax number 1 dovetail saw has a stunning etching on the saw blade. The etching I would say is the best of all the saws produced by Thomas Flinn. Beyond Thomas Flinn, there are not many saws made today with this detail of etching.

The saw blades have a nice weighted brass back spine which offers extra control, tension and purchase while offering an added attractive appearance.

pax dovetail saw 1

The brass backed spine has a beautiful mirrored finish which adds to the beauty of this saw.

This Pax dovetail saw is fitted with an attractive two-tone, steamed beech handle with gold leaf foliage pattern.

The handle is secured to the blade using three traditional brass split-nut buttons which sit flush with the handle. One of the buttons has the nice feature of being faced with an old-style medallion.

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 beech handled Pax dovetail saw has incorporated many of the best features of some of the great traditional dovetail saws to create a new quality dovetail saw.

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 Pax dovetail saw number 1 is presented in a Lynx brown cardboard box with blue writing on.

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

pax dovetail saw

Handle: Beech

Number Of Buttons: 3

Type Of Buttons: Brass, Split-nut

Medallion Markings: 'Warranted Superior'

Blade Markings: 'Pax, The Professional Saw, Perfect Balance & Temper, Made By Thos. Flinn, Sheffield, England, Made From High Carbon Alloy Steel BS1449, No 1'


Manufactured Dates

2000 - Today


History / Updates

Pre-2009 - The beech Pax dovetail saw had two handle securing buttons.

2009-Today - The beech Pax dovetail saw has three handle securing buttons.

Pre-2008/2009 - 2016 - The beech Pax dovetail saw was presented in a blue presentation box with viewing window.

2016 - Today - The beech Pax dovetail saw is presented in a brown cardboard presentation box with blue writing.


- Thomas Flinn & Co.


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