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    A few more tools as I downsize.

    1. Knew Concepts 5" dovetail Fretsaw in Titanium

    Some are aware that I had a significant input into the development of Knew Concept fretsaws. The story is here. The designs followed my prescription for dovetailing, and then the late Lee Marshall, who made them in the USA, would send me a model to test out. The fretsaw here was one of the earlier prototypes. This was the first fretsaw to be built with a blade set at 45 degrees. The angle of the blade allows an almost infinite depth of cut across the widest of panels.

    Made in Titanium, this created a light and stiff frame. Lee eventually stopped making this design as it was too costly - a wide sheet of expensive Titanium was needed for each saw. The later Birdcage design was produced to reduce costs (and still sells at $408 at Lie Nielsen Australia).

    I used this particular fretsaw for about 12 months, until it was superseded by the next (and last) model of this style prior to the introduction of the Birdcage. What this model lacks is a variable angle blade adjustment. It is, instead, locked at 45 degrees, and is best suited to a right-hander. In reality, all my fretsaws are only used at this particular setting, and so nothing is lost.

    The original handle has been replaced by one I made (from Jarrah). This is a significant upgrade on the standard handles.

    Two apologies: firstly, the blade tightening knobs are the original T-types, and not the round, new versions. Secondly, the quick-release works very well but can bulge out a few mm at the pivot. It is secure and will not come off; it may be squeezed flat with fingers. This sounds confusing until the saw is used, then you will understand. It is of no consequence, but I mention it for transparency.

    Price: $95 (excluding postage)

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    2. Knew Concepts 8" Heavy Duty Fretsaw in Aluminium


    This was the first 8" heavy duty fretsaw made. It is fully up to date, and still unused. Basically new. These are $240 at Lie Nielsen Australia.

    The heavy duty version adds a great deal of stiffness to the frame. It really is rock solid.

    This saw comes with ...


    • Swivel blade clamp model; can rotate the saw blade a full 360, with click stops every 45
    • Cam Lever Tension is designed for rapid, repetitive blade changes


    Price: $195 (excluding postage)

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    3. Hugenoit-Tissot jeweller's saw.

    This vintage jeweller's saw is in excellent condition.

    Price: $55 (excluding postage)

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    Regards from Perth

    Derek


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    Quote Originally Posted by derekcohen View Post



    2. Knew Concepts 8" Heavy Duty Fretsaw in Aluminium

    I’ll take this one with Postage to Victoria please Derek
    Cheers

    DJ

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    Knew Concepts 5" dovetail Fretsaw in Titanium

    I'll take this one thanks.
    Postage is to 2441
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    Both Knew Concepts fretsaws are SOLD.

    Available still: Hugenoit-Tissot jeweller's saw.

    Regards from Perth

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    Hi Derek
    Can I please take the Hugenoit-Tissot Saw (So lovely and practical)
    Postage to 2529
    Regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowgum View Post
    Hi Derek
    Can I please take the Hugenoit-Tissot Saw (So lovely and practical)
    Postage to 2529
    Regards
    Huon
    Hi Huon

    I will get the postage on Monday, and PM you with details.

    Regards from Perth

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    Oh wow Derek,

    I didn't know the backstory of how you were involved in the development of the Saws.

    I was fortunate to get their production model titanium fret saw, and being a mechanical engineer, it was the first time that I had a hearty smile knowing that the concept (no pun intended) of trusses was being brought across into hand tools, as well as a clever welded construction. I must admit it doesn't look as romantic with it's hyper modern design (perhaps a nylon handle and velcro loop would make them fit zero gravity dovetailing onboard the ISS), but it made the engineer in me happy!

    I am sure the new owners of your saws will be over the moon with them.

    Kindest regards,
    Siggy

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    Thanks Derek

    Your lovely little Hugenoit-Tissot Fret saw arrived safe and sound, what a little cutie, will be very useful as I can now reuse some of the broken blades from the Knew Concepts saw I own, because the length of the Hugenoit-Tissot saw can be shortened unlike the Knew Concepts saw. As per the photo bellow.
    Huon
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    P.S. Derek thank you for also suppling a new fret blade with the saw.
    Huon

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