Paul recommends the 10” (25cm) with 16-19 PPI. There are many different names on the saw plate but only one chief maker. They usually come in 6, 8 and 10” sizes, however the 10” will do everything the smaller sizes will do. You shouldn’t have to pay more than £20.

Paul recommends new where possible for this saw as a secondhand one will probably need restoration, reshaping of teeth and sharpening. As these are smaller toothed saws, they are more problematic to sharpen which might not be ideal for a beginner.

If you want to buy new, there are several options online, one of these is this from Axminster. We purchased this for £19.15*.


*Prices correct as of September 2019


  1. Christopher on 7 April 2020 at 10:26 am

    So, Paul and Izzy. I thought I was not going to be able to buy one but instead I bought two gent’s saw’s. A 10 and a 6 dovetailing saw and then bought a Japanese saw also. Thanks for your help. My dovetailing is getting better. Slow due to work is taking a lot of my time but I sneak in some time with my new saw’s. I also ordered a ridged dovetailing saw from Eric Florio that looks awesome but it’s out for some time. I only ordered it today. I can’t wait to get it. I love you guys and gals and friends. Thanks!

  2. Nigel Richardson on 24 April 2020 at 4:53 am

    Izzy or Paul,
    I bought a gents saw to cut my dovetails with which was working fine until the handle pulled off. Do you have any advice on how to fix a gents saw inline handle back on? Please! I’m desperate… (plus I’m in South Africa so it’s hard to just get a new one)…many thanks!

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 30 April 2020 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Nigel,

      Paul says:
      You have a couple of options, you could use epoxy glue down in the hole and push it in (not too much) or you can insert the spine into the hole and then drizzle in some super glue and let that set up and that will hold it. Either of those have worked for me. Usually what has happened is the hole has wallowed out or the wood has shrunk.

      Kind Regards,

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