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The difference between a saw and a knife is that a saw removes material during the cutting process where a knife just parts the materials.

The width of the material removed by a saw is called the Kerf and this value may be important to engineers and cabinet makers who work to fine tolerances. For most users the quality of the cut is expressed in the terms fine or coarse and is measured by the number of teeth per inch. (tpi)

Carpenters saws (wood saws) for wood and hacksaws for metal are the most popular type of saw with dozens of variations for specialist applications or materials like plasterboard, block work and plastic.

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Bahco 3906 Sandflex Hacksaw Blades 300mm (12in) x 32tpi

from £0.67 £4.06

Bahco 3906 Sandflex Hacksaw Blades 300mm (12in) x 14tpi

from £0.67 £4.06

Bahco 3906 Sandflex Hacksaw Blades 300mm (12in) x 18tpi

from £0.67 £4.06

Bahco 3906 Sandflex Hacksaw Blades 300mm (12in) x 24tpi

from £0.67 £4.06

Ox P130730 Pro High Tension Hacksaw 12

£15.95 £24.72

Draper Venom 550mm hp Hand Saw


Draper 52195 3 Piece Saw Set

£11.50 £38.86

Draper 49283 Expert Supercut® 300mm/12 inch Soft Grip Floorboard Saw


Draper 23213 500mm/20 inch General Purpose Hand Saw


Ox Jab Saw With Protective Holster 6.5''/165mm

£9.96 £10.30

Draper 05719 4920 Expert Plus 300mm Soft Grip Hacksaw Frame

£18.95 £42.00

Bahco 317 Hacksaw 300mm (12in) & Junior Hacksaw

£8.99 £19.99

Bahco 244-12-TEN Tenon Saw 300mm (12in) 13tpi

£14.26 £19.43

Bahco 244-F15 Toolbox Saw 350mm

£15.46 £21.05

Bahco 268 Mini Hacksaw 150mm (6in)

£11.10 £15.13

Bahco 3150-12-XT9-HP Compass Saw 300mm (12in) 9tpi

£21.41 £29.17

Bahco PC-15-TBX ProfCut Toolbox Saw 380mm (15in) 11tpi

£17.11 £23.32

Bahco PC-16-DECO ProfCut Plastic & Foam Saw 400mm (16in) 18tpi

£17.78 £24.23

Bahco PC-20-LAM ProfCut Laminator Saw 500mm (20in) 11tpi

£19.79 £26.96

Bahco PC-20-PRC Mitre Handsaw 500mm (20in) 9tpi

£30.00 £40.88

Bahco SE22 PrizeCut Hardpoint Handsaw 550mm (22in) 7tpi

£8.99 £15.89

Bahco Insulation Saw Sharpener

£10.25 £13.97

Faithfull Fret Saw 130mm (5in)

£7.26 £13.37

Faithfull Mini Saw With Blade

£5.80 £10.63

Faithfull Mini Saw 150mm (6in)

£4.27 £7.84

Fiskars SW31 Bowsaw 600mm (24in)

£17.45 £27.26

IRWIN Jack 990UHP Fine Handsaw Soft-Grip 550mm (22in) 9tpi

£13.39 £18.25

IRWIN Jack 990UHP Fine Junior / Toolbox Handsaw Soft-Grip 335mm (13in) 12tpi

£10.55 £14.39

IRWIN Jack Combi Bowsaw + Hacksaw Blade

£8.87 £12.07

Kent & Stowe Bowsaw & Replacement Blade 610mm (24in)

£6.41 £10.00

Crescent Nicholson® 4-In-1 Pro Series Hacksaw 300mm (12in)

£24.89 £33.90

Roughneck Heavy-Duty Hacksaw 300mm (12 in)

£13.43 £23.32

Roughneck Junior Hacksaw Blades 150mm (6in) (Pack of 10)

£3.25 £5.66

Roughneck Hacksaw Blades 300mm (12in) x 24tpi Pack 2

£2.87 £4.99

Roughneck R12F Hardpoint Tenon Saw 300mm (12in) 11tpi

£7.62 £13.22

Stanley Tools FatMax® Multi Saw + Wood & Metal Blades

£6.68 £10.43

Stanley Tools Heavy-Duty Toolbox Saw 380mm (15in) 7tpi

£6.86 £10.72

Stanley Tools Hack Bowsaw 300mm (12in) Plus Extra Hacksaw Blade

£7.34 £11.47

Vaughan BS333C Bear (Pull) Saw 333mm (13in) Coarse/Medium

£33.40 £45.49

Bahco 244 Hardpoint Handsaws

from £7.79 £21.43

Bahco 244 Barracuda Handsaws

from £17.71 £24.13

IRWIN Jack Xpert Fine Handsaw

from £13.94 £19.01

IRWIN Jack Xpert Fine Handsaw PTFE Coated 10tpi

from £17.72 £24.16

IRWIN Jack Tenon Saws

from £9.70 £13.21

IRWIN Jack 880 Universal Hardpoint Panel Saws

£5.99 £17.30

Stanley Tools FatMax® Jab Saws

£9.99 £18.23

Stanley Tools Universal Hardpoint Hand Saws

from £7.39 £11.54

Starrett Bi-Metal Unique Safe-Flex Hacksaw Blades 300mm

from £3.84 £5.23

Wood Saws

These fall into 2 main categories, Carpenters tools for dead or cut wood and Horticultural and Forestry saws for living green wood.

Carpenters saws used to be very expensive and much coveted tools that a craftsman sharpened and kept for years. Due to advances in technology carpenters saws can be cheaply produced and the hard point teeth cannot be sharpened thus rendering the tool disposable once the teeth become blunt. Companies such as Bahco (formally known as Sandvik and renown for quality saw blades) and Stanley now make saw systems where the blades are disposable but fit into a special handle that is kept and can be used for a whole range of blades. Faithfull saws tend to be budget priced and often used as site saws and thrown away when the job finishes.

Tenon saws are smaller with a fine cut but not so popular now as furniture tends to be flat-packed and not craftsmen made. Keyhole saws, Jabsaws, compass saws , flush cut saws, coping saws and fret saws are all specialist saws used for more intricate woodwork applications.


Forestry and Horticultural Saws

Bowsaws are used to cut large branches from trees and shrubs whilst the long thin pruning saw is used to access awkward places and smaller branches. Bahco bowsaws are used by professional foresters and horticulturalists due to the exceptional blade quality whilst brands like Faithfull are popular with the more sporadic use of the hobby gardener.


Hacksaws for Metalworking

The hacksaw is an essential tool for any workshop and like the woodsaw comes in many shapes and sizes. The most common engineer's hacksaw has been produced in the same form by companies like Irwin and Stanley for decades. Fancier versions with easier blade tensioning and comfy handles have evolved for the serious user and improvements in the blades now make them less brittle and able to operate more effectively under extremely high tension.

The junior hacksaw is a handy small version for more intricate work as is the Stanley mini-saw where the blade extends forward from the frame to give access to the most restricted areas.


Specialist Saws for Plasterboard, Block Work, Plastic and PVC.

Due to the nature of certain materials it is necessary to use saws with carbide tipped teeth or unusual angles that remove material faster or without causing so much heat and friction. Other specialist saws are developed for specific tasks such as the Stanley floorboard saw that has teeth on the curved front edge to cut into the floor before using the conventional flat saw edge to cut along the floor.

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