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VERITAS Gent's Saws

Gent's tools were originally developed for “gentleman's” tool kits, intended for those who wanted good-quality tools for occasional work, but didn't need full-size equipment.

The Veritas saws combine the best characteristics of the classic gent's saw with those of state-of-the-art materials and construction methods. The tooth pattern on the thin high-carbon steel blade provides a good balance between cutting action and surface finish. The stainless-steel/glass/polymer composite spine provides strength and rigidity.

Veritas Gent's Saws

Sharing the same advanced materials as the Veritas dovetail and carcass saws, the gent's saws have a 7-7/8 inch (200 mm) long high-carbon steel blade that is just 0.015 inch (0.4 mm) thick with 0.003 inch (0.08 mm) of teeth set per side.

Both saws have a cut depth of 1-5/8 inch (41 mm). For strength and rigidity, the glass and stainless steel-filled polymer spine is molded over the blade and handle stud. The 4-1/4 inch (108 mm) long bubinga handle is secured with a brass nut.
ripcut and crosscut pattern
teeth
A = ripcut saw
B = crosscut saw
The 20 tpi (1.3 mm teeth ratio) rip saw has teeth with a 14° rake angle and a 60° included angle. The teeth on the 22 tpi (1.15 mm teeth ratio) crosscut saw have a rake angle of 15°, an included angle of 60° and have been filed with alternating 15° bevel angles so that they sever rather than tear wood fibers.

As supplied, these saws will have residual sharpening burrs on the teeth. While the burrs will disappear as the saw is "broken in", a light stoning before initial use will improve starting cuts. Place the blade on a flat surface, letting the spine overhang the edge. Lightly run a stone (no coarser than 1200 grit, best is Japanese waterstone) over each side of the blade, taking no more than one stroke per side.

Caution: Stoning will reduce the set in the teeth. Since there is very little set in the teeth, you want to be sure not to remove too much of it.

Since the blade is high-carbon steel, the teeth can be resharpened when necessary.

Care and Maintenance

  • To ensure many years of service and to prevent damaging the fine teeth, always store the saw with the blade protector in place.
  • A light coating of wax will prevent the blade from rusting.
  • Rubbing paraffin wax on the side of the blade just before use will also allow the saw to run more smoothly through the cut.
  • Do not use beeswax candles; beeswax will gum everything up.

Handle

While the handle shape has been carefully developed to offer the best comfort level, Veritas recognized that every woodworker has a preferred handle type. You may want to modify the existing handle, or make your own from scratch. You can make your handle any size or shape that fits your hand; however, keep in mind the dimensions for the tapered tenon, the depth of the counterbore for the handle nut and the notch in the tapered tenon to ensure your handle will fit properly into the spine socket.

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