Bad Axe Toolworks Dovetail Saw Thoughts

Bad Axe Toolworks Dovetail Saws
Mark Harrell of Bad Axe Toolworks sent me two of his new dovetail saws to try out and put through their paces. To be fair, we did an exchange and Mark is now a member of The Hand Tool School. I haven’t had much time to work with the 12 inch hybrid dovetail/small tenon saw named Wyatt Earp, but Doc Holiday, the 10 inch dovetail saw, is a beauty. The Mesquite handle, precisely placed to put the force where it’s needed, combined with the longer plate and hammer set teeth make this one of the best dang saws I have every cut a dovetail with. (pardon the dangling preposition)
Here are some of my initial thoughts:

****UPDATE**** Mark Harrell is not quite ready to offer custom handle sizing just yet. He tells me this is a direction he wants to take his business but there is still some tooling needed and set up. I’m not sure if I made this clear in the audio, but I know Mark has received at least one person asking if this was possible. Not yet, but consider it just part of the many good things to come from this toolmaker.

8 Responses to “Bad Axe Toolworks Dovetail Saw Thoughts”

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  1. James says:

    After listening to this I immediately started thinking of quotes from the Movie Tombstone. The Doc Holiday looks and sounds awesome, I will let it be my Huckleberry anytime (sorry could not resist). Bravo on your multitasking skills!


  2. John Verreault (aka JohnnyVee) says:

    Well Shannon, your tool-lust is certainly showing (not to mention your marketing skills LOL). Remember, drool causes rust spots. Wow, you lucky dog you, what a nice gift. First, named the embedded reporter for WIA and now this. Buy a lottery ticket, they say it comes in threes…



  3. Shannon says:

    You raise a good point John, I should go get a ticket right now.

  4. Yaakov says:

    Thanks for that report. You know, if you are not going to be using that Lie-Nielsen saw anymore, I will be more than happy to take it off your hands thus adding more room in your shop.:-)
    Be well,


  5. Monte West says:

    That Is a good thing he is trying to do with the handle. For me it would be a great help if the saw fit my little thick short hand better. I have some trouble with my LN saws.

  6. Jeff says:

    Will you ever post the Wyatt Earp review?

    • Shannon says:

      I totally forgot that I didn’t talk about this. Several years later and I can unequivocally say the say is outstanding. It should be the first saw you buy and could very well be the only say you need. I can cut anything you throw at it and does it really well. I think Mark has started to call this a “Jack” saw to intimate that it is a great utility player like a jack plane and I agree with this completely. It stays at my joinery bench at all times and is never far from my hand.

  7. Jeff says:

    Thank you sir

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