Rob Cosman's Limited Edition Saws - Big Leaf Maple Burl
For the discriminating woodworker who appreciates the beauty and craftsmanship of a saw handle crafted from unique species of select woods, I offer my Limited Edition Saw series. These saws have the same design characteristics and specifications as my Professional Saw series but I polish the brass backs to a much higher finish.
I love figured wood and I am always looking for pieces that will make stunning saw handles. When I find a perfect piece of wood I create the handle from rough to finished. Grain orientation is critical for strength, particularly in the narrow neck. Since figured wood often has numerous flaws I have to carefully layout the handles to get the best yield. When the handle is completed I post several photographs of it so you can see exactly what it looks like. If you buy the handle on this page you are purchasing the handle you see in these pictures. Once this handle is sold - it is gone.
If you want this handle, just select your desired saw model and I will personally build your Limited Edition saw. An heirloom worthy to pass on for generations.
This handle is crafted from Bigleaf Maple, also known as Oregon Maple, (Acer Macrophyllum) trees native to North America. Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. Sapwood color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown. Bigleaf maple is known for its (occasional) quilted grain patterns. This burl piece has a stunningly beautiful grain pattern which which I will craft into a spectacular Limited Edition Saw for you.
Specifications: Please refer to Rob's Professional Saw Series product pages for the specifications for Dovetail, Crosscut, and Tenon saws.
Handle Size & Determining your Size: Our Limited Edition Saws only come with Regular size handles. Follow these instructions to determine your proper handle size: While holding your fingers together (not your thumb!) measure the circumference around the widest part of your hand (typically around the knuckles located at the base of your fingers) with a tape measure and note the size. If your hand circumference is 6.5 inches (16 cm) to 9.5 inches (24 cm) you need a Regular size saw handle. If your hand circumference is greater than 9.5 inches (24 cm) you need a Large size saw handle.
I received my Big Leave Maple Burl handled medium tenon saw a few days ago. I have had a chance to use the saw some at this point. The saw feels very nice in the hand and the weight allows gravity to help make a straight cut. I started with Japanese pull saws and disliked them for a myriad of reasons. The saw that most compares to this is my dovetail Bad Axe Stiletto. It too is a nice saw. There is no comparison in looks. So leaving that aside, this saw does feel and perform a bit better. I like the handle design as far as how it fits in the hand more. I haven't weighed the two, but hand in hand this one is a little heavier and maybe a bit better balanced. At first, I thought the TPI transition was a bit of hype and maybe geared toward less abled people or people that have never handled a nice hand saw. Wow is it a nice feature when trying to start a cut on a scribe mark. I am sold. In fact, it has me thinking about selling my Stiletto!