Veritas Dovetail Saws - Fine-Tooth, Dovetail & Small Crosscut

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Veritas Dovetail Saws Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Veritas Tools Inc.

Tool Type: Dovetail Saw

Model No: Fine-Tooth, Dovetail & Small Crosscut


This Veritas dovetail saws review covers the three types of Veritas dovetail saws made by Veritas Tools Inc. of Canada.

The three types of Veritas dovetail saw are:

     - Veritas fine-tooth dovetail saw
     - Veritas dovetail saw
     - Veritas small crosscut saw

I should point out here that the Veritas small crosscut saw is not referred to by Veritas as a dovetail saw, just as a small saw or small joinery saw. The reasoning behind this is because most dovetail work is carried out using rip cuts along the grain rather than crosscut cuts across the grain.

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For the purpose of this review we will leave the small crosscut saw in the dovetail saw category.

These Veritas saws are all the same size with an indentical look other than the way the teeth are cut/set.

Each of the three saw types are fitted with a special composite black spine and a hardwood handle.

The handle was formerly made from Bubinga which is also known as African Rosewood, a wood which has a rich redness in colour. The photos currently displayed are of the saws when they were made with Bubinga handles. The newer hardwood handles are browner in colour.

The handle design is traditionally referred to as an open handle design or a pistol grip handle design.

The handle is attached/secured using a single brass screw which runs from the base of the handle.

The composite spine is made of a mix of stainless-steel, glass, and polymer. The saw spine gives the blade the required tension and strength while also giving extra weight.

Each saw is presented in a cardboard box (usually brown) with a photo picture label on it. The box contains a leaflet about the tool.

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.

veritas dovetail saws

Small Crosscut Saw

Blade Length: 235mm (9 1/4")

Cut Depth: 39mm (1 9/16")

Blade Thickness: 0.5mm

TPI (Teeth Per Inch): 16

Rake: 15 degrees

Teeth Bevels: filed with alternating bevels

Overall Length: 362mm (14 1/4")

Suited To: cutting across the grain

Fine-Tooth Dovetail Saw

Blade Length: 235mm (9 1/4")

Cut Depth: 39mm (1 9/16")

Blade Thickness: 0.5mm

TPI (Teeth Per Inch): 20

Rake: 14 degrees

Overall Length: 362mm (14 1/4")

Suited To: 13mm (1/2") board or less

Dovetail Saw

Blade Length: 235mm (9 1/4")

Cut Depth: 39mm (1 9/16")

Blade Thickness: 0.5mm

TPI (Teeth Per Inch): 14

Rake: 14 degrees

Overall Length: 362mm (14 1/4")

Suited To: 13mm (1/2") board or greater

Saw Construction

veritas dovetail saw

Handle: Hardwood

Spine: Special composite black spine

Blade: High carbon steel

Manufactured Dates

Dovetail Saw: 2008 - Today

Dovetail Fine-Tooth Dovetail Saw: 2010 - Today

Dovetail Crosscut Saw: 2010 - Today

History / Updates

2011 - 2018 - The dovetail saw handle was made from Bubinga.

2018-Today - The dovetail saw handle was made from what was simply advertised as 'hardwood'.


- Veritas Tools Inc.


(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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