Last year I bought myself a Knew Concept frame saw. I've never been a fan of sawing and putting those blades in and getting the tension correct was giving me bruising on my chest and dents in the wall!!! Consequently, I tried to avoid sawing - which you can do to a great extent with working with metal clay. But when I got into my aluminum work, there is no getting around doing some sawing. So at a class last year, someone mentioned the new Knew Concept saw so I thought I'd give it a go. I bought the jeweler's precision 5 inch hand saw.
First of all - it's a jolly red color - so that immediately seems better and happier. Then it's made of aluminum and so is lightweight but strong.
Installing a blade is easy and then to get the correct tension on the blade, you just turn an adjusting knob! Yeah! Easy and no pushing into the body required!!! It's then really comfortable to hold and use and I find myself holding it much more lightly than the traditional jeweler's saw. It naturally cuts the metal well, and doesn't flex as much as a traditional saw so reduces blade breakages. I like it.
If you are not a big fan of sawing, but have to do some - give this is a try. And if you love sawing - still give this a try as you'll probably love it even more!!!
Any of you jewelers out there tried it? What did you think?