Bad Axe 14″ Carcass Saw – Hybrid Cut – The Bayonet
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At 14″ long and filed 14 ppi onto a thin .018-gauge plate, the Bayonet excels at virtually any carcass joinery requirement you’ll care to throw at it, whether slicing tenon shoulders large and small, making a delicate long-span miter cut, sawing dadoes, cutting rabbets, or crafting a long sliding dovetail pin and tail. The Bad Axe Bayonet simply closes in and gets the job done with few strokes, better balance, and far greater accuracy. When paired with the 12″ Stiletto Dovetail Saw, the Bad Axe Bayonet presents a comprehensive solution for any furniture project crafted by your own two hands.
- Bottom line up front: We designed an open-handled, thin (.018) plate saw 14″ long with just enough real estate below the back to facilitate difficult cuts with long rifle precision.
- Traditional 1876 Disston-pattern open handle in standard quartersawn hickory.
- Traditional folded sawback finished in gunsmith-blued black-oxided carbon steel. Read more about this critical component for any backsaw, and why Bad Axe promotes the enduring traditional folded sawback over commonplace static-backed saws that disallow retensioning the toothline with heavy use.
- Fasteners are in brass.
- Plate Depth: 2 1/8″ under the back at the heel, canting to 2″ at the toe. Handle size will affect this, so we allow an extra 1/8″ for larger handles.
- Swedish spring steel .018 sawplate, hammer-set & sharpened at 14 ppi. Read more about Bad Axe’s hammer-setting technique and obsessive dedication to sharpening excellence here.
Mark Harrell re blade thickness choice…
“We wanted to make a lean, shallow-backed carcase saw with a 14″ toothline for furniture-grade cuts with long-rifle precision, while retaining the robust nature and crisp action for which our saws are known. The .015 plate wase too delicate for the kind of comprehensive joinery tasks we had in mind, particularly when making sliding dovetails and dadoes–kink it once through inelegant technique or when encountering some tough stock, and it’s toast, just a one-generation tool. And–the .015 plate has practically no heat sink–anything more than a 4/4” cut spanning 3 inches will S-roll the toothline as cut friction heats up the metal.
We also tested the .02 plate which works fine, but it’s overkill for the kind of thin, blowout-free kerf we wanted. It also just didn’t have that ‘dive-in-on-the-mark’ action our dovetail saws evoke in the user.
Then we looked at the .018 plate and got fantastic results by lessening the amount of real estate below the back to enhance rigidity and extending the classic carcase saw’s 12″ toothline up to 14″–an identical approach in saw design we developed with our 12″ Stiletto Dovetail Saw 18 months ago. The longer, shallower .018 plate spreads the heat generated by cut friction far more efficiently, while remaining significantly tougher than the .015 plate, and, with fewer, more accurate strokes compared to the action of a .02 plate.
The result? No S-roll generated by cut friction. No tapping your foot, waiting to complete the cut. Instead, Bad Axe has produced a rigid, thin, shallow-backed saw fully capable of slicing down 35mm”stock spanning 125mm” across, with an incredibly positive, deliberate action.