Flinn Pax Handsaws archive

Tuesday 26 May 2009

Rob Stoakley tries out the new ripsaw and panelsaw from Thomas Flinn

Saw in use

Not only do Thomas Flinn's Pax saws have a history going back to 1776 but the company is bang up to date with their detailed website, which covers most saws that a craftsman could want, even two-man crosscutting saws.

The saws on test here are a 26in 4 1/2tpi ripsaw and a 22in 10tpi panelsaw. Both are taper-ground and breasted so that only a few teeth are in contact with the timber, making for easier sawing.


I was unaware that such beasts were still made, so it was a pleasant surprise to find a brand-new one to test. My workshop's small-capacity machines cannot saw through thick boards so ripping down the grain is a bit of a challenge, especially when a large lump of timber is involved... not anymore though. This one sailed through 75mm-thick elm with the minimum of effort and was a real pleasure to use.


The panel saw was equally impressive. I cramped a board of 18mm blockboard to my Workmate, scribed a line across and proceeded to cut... and the saw made very short work of it.


As I said last month I wasn't keen on the rather harsh beech handles, but in the tradition of many craftsmen you could easily make or adapt a handle that you are comfortable with.

The verdict

These are fine saws, the ripsaw especially being very useful in a small workshop. They are Sheffield made so have the tradition of British toolmaking behind them and are user re-sharpenable - a long-term asset in any toolkit.

David Preece

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The Numbers

Flinn Pax Handsaws
Prices (inc. VAT, correct at time of publication):
26in 4 1/2tpi ripsaw: £78.16
22in 10tpi panelsaw: £71.80

Top: Pax panelsaw; Bottom: Pax ripsaw

Contact Details

Contact: Thomas Flinn & Co
Tel.: 0114 2725387