One question we’ve been getting a lot lately – which brand of saw blades are the best for making jewellery? Now first let me say – the best saw blades are not cheap – if you can get a gross (a gross is 144 blades by the way) for $5 – I can almost guarantee they’re going to be pretty shite – they’re gonna cut wonky, break regularly and generally make you feel emotionally worthless – it’s not a nice feeling, I know this from experience!
Generally decent saw blades will cost you over $20 for 12 dozen. But…. I would love to be proven wrong on this – so if you have had consistent success with cheap saw blades, please let me know where to buy them!
So what’s the plan to find the best saw blades?
We bought 4 different brands of great quality saw blades a size 2/0 and then did a blind test. Which brands did we choose? Here they are:
Rio Grande Laser Gold – available from riogrande.com – $27.60 per gross
Fabrik Marke – available from our tool store in Malaysia – honestly I cant find them online anywhere – $21 per gross
Super Pike – available from gesswein.com – $21.95 per gross
Pepe Tools Nano – available from pepetools.com – $24 per gross
For the test, I didn’t know which brand was which – I could only see A, B, C or D on the tape that the lovely Vennice wrote out for us and kept secret. Our studio assistants Fatima and Sanja also joined in for the test too just to make things even. Other than Vennice, who wasn’t taking the test, none of us knew which blades we were using, and we were all using a standard German style cheapy saw frame.
So we all had our coffees, and then got to piercing out one of our mandala designs, continually changing our blades regularly, and making super sure we kept them in order (honestly this was the hardest part). After a few hours of piercing – we all selected our favourite and least favourite blade based on the letters, and wrote it down… want to know which were our favourites? Not yet!!!
That was just round one! The next day, we had Vennice do exactly the same thing again, but change the codes on the blades so they were different again… and off we went again piercing our little hearts out – FYI discussion of which blades we liked best was not allowed during the process.
Sooo, which was our favourite blade?
Even though on both days, we we’re all adamant we had a favourite blade and one we liked the least, it turns out we didn’t.
- The first day we all selected blades as our favourite and least favourite
- The second day we selected our favourite and least favourite
The blades we selected as favourites and least favourites on both days were different, clearly none of us could agree (even with ourselves) on our favourite and least favourite blades.
But what does it mean? For me personally, I think that we get in the way of ourselves’ way too often, we believe in limitations that aren’t real – just imagined “I can’t saw because I don’t have this brand of saw blade or this brand of saw frame”.
I seriously thought I had a favourite blade and that made me better at saw piercing, I also thought I had a least favourite which was making me worse. But as you can see, my least favourite blade on the first day was my favourite on the second….. It was all just the little monsters in my head messing with me – assholes!
After all that talk about blades being equal, I want you to remember one thing, I’m talking about good quality blades that cost over $20 for a gross!
Cheap saw blades are still utter shite in my humble opinion
Happy smithing you crazies, big hugs!
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