HERITAGE SAWS

Our HERITAGE SAWS are hand SHAPED & fashioned, MADE BY MEN & not just machines in NORTHCOTE, Melbourne in VINTAGE TOOL SHOP. 

Please check out our INSTAGRAM @heritage_saws, or come down to VINTAGE TOOL SHOP to handle our sample models to get a feel of what feels right for your hand.

• Please be advised that there is a 12 MONTH lead time on these HANDMADE SAWS •

MIKE SUBRITZKY & JIM ANDERSON are serious about SAWS & are PROUD to offer saws that are on par with the saw makers of yesteryear.

These saws are made in the TRADITIONAL WAY - pre industrial revolution style.

They were unhappy with the hand saw offerings at most retailers, so they decided to make their own. Every saw that comes out of HERITAGE SAWS workshop is UNIQUE, they TAKE TIME to make, but sometimes things are worth waiting for.

Heritage Saws

It's about getting back to the fundamental heart of WOODWORKING, hand-eye coordination, being totally IN THE MOMENT & at one with the tool.

A lot of WOODWORKERS find that Japanese saws are great in softwoods, but struggle in HARDER TIMBERS - teeth can snap off easily due to the fragile needle like teeth & most are induction hardened, so brittle as well. Our HERITAGE SAWS don't have that issue due to our steel being more ductile plus more robust tooth geometry - HERITAGE SAWS will cut a 0.6mm kerf, accurately - these saws will split a pencil line!

We make saws that will last 100 YEARS OR MORE - we're sick of the throwaway society that we've become. Each one of our saws has the mark of our hands & our love of making saws in its very DNA. We are proud to offer THE ONLY AUSTRALIAN MADE HAND SAWS. Have a look around at what other manufactures offer, there are plenty of good saw makers out there these days to choose from, but if you want a genuine HAND MADE SAW that has soul & is made in Melbourne & performs well, please get in touch with us.

If you like UNPLUGGED WOODWORKING, you'll enjoy using our saws!

• Please be advised that there is a 12 MONTH lead time on these HANDMADE SAWS •

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The HERITAGE SAWS hand STAMPED BRASS BACKS are FOLDED in the TRADITIONAL MANNER by Mike. The FOLDED BACK ensures that the backs grip the blades positively & hold them tensioned. Some contemporary makers slot brass bar & then either epoxy or crimp the blades in place. If the end user bends the blade slightly, those saws have to go back to the manufacturer for replacement. With HERITAGE SAWS however, generally a tap on each end of the spine with the toe of the saw resting on a piece of pine, will cause the plate to pull the bend out in most cases. 

LEFT HANDED stamped saws can be made if you're a leftie at no extra cost, please specify at your time of order.

We use brand new AUSTRALIAN MADE BRASS SAW BOLTS by Rankin and Bond from Tasmania on our saws.

The SAW PLATES are CUT BY HAND & teeth precision HAND FILED by Jim. 

Our DOVETAIL & CARCASS SAW BLADES have American 1075 spring steel plates 0.5mm thick & the brass backs are 3mm thick cartridge brass & our LARGER SAWS (Richmond tenon saw, Hampton half-back & Kingston saws) are 0.8mm thick 1085 American spring steel. 

TOOTHING - RIP or CROSSCUT is as per the clients needs (at your points per inch requirements), we are happy to offer guidance if required.

To assist you with selecting the best HERITAGE SAW for your woodworking requirements we suggest the following:

. Carcass & sash saws are filed CROSS CUT, dovetail & tenon saws are filed RIP.

. A rule of thumb with BACKSAWS is that the useable cutting depth is 1/2 the depth of the plate - Heritage Saws are individually tuned for free cutting with minimal set for professional results. The clearance offered by the set on the teeth only propagates so far - in deeper cuts the cutting detritus doesn't clear, causing binding. Binding in a deep cut causes damage high on the plate (near the spine) which is difficult to repair. Keeping the plate clean of surficial oxidation, grime and sap will help prevent binding. Although optimised for cutting with the grain, RIP toothing will also cut across the grain, although not as cleanly. 

. A CROSS-CUT toothing will not rip effectively.

. COARSER TOOTHING are for gummy, green or softer woods, finer toothings are for dry, harder woods.  We set the saws appropriate to the toothing and intended use -  if you are working in SOFTER or gummy TIMBERS like Vic ash, Huon pine, cypress etc, we recommend coarser teeth such as 12 ppi Rip and 13 ppi cross cut.  Finer toothings clog in these timbers, causing poor cut quality and binding. If you are working on HARDER TIMBERS - such as spotted gum, jarrah, gidgee and exotics we recommend finer toothings such as 16 ppi RIP and 14 ppi cross cut. Sometimes harder timbers like Blackwood can be gummy. The application of wax in use may alleviate this.

. Our saws are built with THIN PLATES and tuned to cut with the MINIMAL appropriate SET for free running and professional cut quality.  We can always apply more set if you encounter problems.

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Once the premium range HERITAGE SAWS handles are cut out & shaped by Mike, we invite the client down to the workshop in VINTAGE TOOL SHOP, 549 Hight st, NORTHCOTE, MELBOURNE to test the fit of the handle prior to finishing. Mike then eases the handle as required whilst they are in the workshop, it ensures that each clients saw fits their hand perfectly. INTERSTATE customers please contact us.

Once the saws have had their final finishes applied by Mike, Jim test cuts & tunes the saws to ensure smooth accurate cutting.

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HERITAGE SAWS are exclusively sold through VINTAGE TOOL SHOP (Mikes tool shop), please contact us if you wish to discuss your saw requirements.

Phone - 040 109 1970

E-mail: info@heritagesaws.com.au

Instagram – @heritage_saws

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OUR HERITAGE SAW MODEL RANGE AND TIMBER SELECTION IS AS BELOW:

The main difference between the saw models is the HANDLE SHAPE and HANG ANGLE, the various saws are optimised for different purposes and the handles have different hang angles optimised for that work. However, hang angle is often a case of individual user preference.

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Carlton

Handle timber of your choice of our select fine timbers, the handle will be shaped to suit your hand. The CARLTON is a 10" saw designed for Dovetailing and these are normally filed RIP (12-18 points).  Or as crosscuts for small bench work but the utility is compromised by the narrow plate depth. Toothing as per client requirements in rip or crosscut.

1075 American spring steel plate 0.5mm thick & a 3mm folded & tapered brass spine, up to 40mm plate depth below the spine & 10” long with a 55° hang angle. $470

Brunswick

Handle timber of your choice of our select fine timbers, the handle will be shaped to suit your hand. Ostensibly a "carcass" size, and can be  manufactured as Dovetail or Cross Cuts.  Users find the extra length aids accurate cutting, and is very handy for general bench work. Toothing as per client requirements in rip or crosscut.
1075 American spring steel plate 0.5mm thick & a 3mm folded brass spine, 50mm plate depth below the spine, 12” long with a 47° hang angle. $470

Fitzroy

Handle timber of your choice of our select fine timbers, the handle will be shaped to suit your hand. Ostensibly a "carcass" size, and can be  manufactured as Dovetail or Cross Cuts.  Users find the extra length aids accurate cutting, and is very handy for general bench work. Toothing as per client requirements in rip or crosscut.

1075 American spring steel plate 0.5mm thick & a 3mm folded brass spine with a 50mm plate depth below the spine & 12” long with a 50° hang angle. $470

Richmond

A large TENON SAW, 18” & Handle timber of your choice of our select fine timbers, the handle will be shaped to suit your hand. The RICHMOND is a tenon-sized model, available in larger sizes (14-18") - this is designed for deep mortise and tenon work in a RIP filing configuration or for CROSS cutting in a mitre box set up or bench hook. Toothing as per client requirements in rip or crosscut, 1085 American spring steel plate 0.8mm thick & a 3mm folded brass spine & 18” long with a 21° hang angle. $650

Yarra

Our ENTRY LEVEL saw, available in American walnut only & a one size fits all handle pattern, available in up to 14ppi crosscut or rip. Ostensibly a "carcass" size, and can be  manufactured as Dovetail or Cross Cuts. Users find the extra length aids accurate cutting, and is very handy for general bench work. 1075 American spring steel plate 0.5mm thick & a 3mm thick folded brass spine, 50mm plate depth below the spine, a 12” long saw with a 50° hang angle. $270

Hampton

Our HAMPTON model 1/2 back hand saw - handle timber of your choice of our select fine timbers, the handle will be shaped to suit your hand. The HAMPTON half-back is a tight access saw and excels in restoration work and trimming. We recommend CROSS cut filings. Toothing as per client requirements in rip or crosscut, 1085 American spring steel plate 0.8mm thick & a 3mm folded & tapered brass spine & 16” long with a 32°hang angle. $550

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Preston

Handle timber of your choice of our select fine timbers, the handle will be shaped to suit your hand. Ostensibly a "carcass" size, and can be  manufactured as Dovetail or Cross Cuts. Users find the extra length aids accurate cutting, and is very handy for general bench work. Toothing as per client requirements in rip or crosscut, 1075 American spring steel plate 0.5mm thick & a 3mm folded brass spine with 50mm plate depth below the spine & a 55° hang angle 12” long. $470

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Kensington

Handle timber of your choice of our select fine timbers, the handle will be shaped to suit your hand. The KENSINGTON is a 10" saw designed for Dovetailing and these are normally filed RIP (12-18 points).  Or as CROSSCUTS for small bench work but the utility is compromised by the narrow plate depth Toothing as per client requirements in rip or crosscut, 1075 American spring steel plate 0.5mm thick & a 3mm folded brass spine & 10” long with a 61° hang angle. $470

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Blackheath

Handle timber of your choice of our select fine timbers, the handle will be shaped to suit your hand. Ostensibly a "carcass" size, and can be  manufactured as Dovetail or Cross cuts. Users find the extra length aids accurate cutting, and is very handy for general bench work. Toothing as per client requirements in rip or crosscut, 1075 American spring steel plate 0.5mm thick & a 3mm folded brass spine & a plate depth of 50mm below the spine, 12” long with a 42° hang angle. $470

Kingston

Handle timber of your choice of our select fine timbers, the handle will be shaped to suit your hand. The KINGSTON is a more robust style handle variant TENON SAW. The closed handle protects the knuckles. These are used as SPLINE saws. Toothing as per client requirements in rip or crosscut, 1085 American spring steel plate 0.8mm thick & a 3mm folded brass spine & 12” long with a 27° hang angle. $500

12"+ versions available at extra cost.

  • American Walnut

  • Masur Birch

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    Indian Rosewood

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    Red Mallee Burl

  • Cooba

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    Gidgee

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    European Beech

  • Beefwood

  • Macassar Ebony

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    Ringed Nelia

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    Redgum

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    Figured Tasmanian Blackwood

  • Norwegian Curly Birch

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    New Zealand Rimu

  • Spalted London Plane

The making of HERITAGE SAWS