Bad Axe Tool Works Resurrected 14" No. 9 Precision Tenon Saw

$350 (Delivery: 8-12 weeks)

Welcome to Bad Axe's interpretation of the highly sought-after Disston No. 9 Improved Back Saw with the 1874 Reagan patent ergonomic handle and distinctive ogee-curved exposed toe at the toothline. Bad Axe now offers our version of this venerable saw from the past, first in the lineup of other tools we are resurrecting from Sawmaking's golden age.

The Bad Axe No. 9 is intended for cutting into tight spaces without interference from the sawback, while retaining complete functionality for use as a backsaw in general. It is an incredibly versatile backsaw we are confident you'll love.

The No. 9 is here to stay: We heard you all loud and clear as the orders poured in and just kept pouring. Then, once we closed our order window message traffic took on a more aggressive note: "When is it coming back? When can I get one?!"

This just underscores the notion that

Not bad for a saw design pioneered by Disston & Sons Saw Works in 1874.

The feedback we've been getting on this saw has been nothing short of phenomenal, and so Bad Axe is thrilled to now offer another one of Henry Disston's most famous saw designs, the No. 9 Improved Backsaw, as part of Bad Axe Tool Works' permanent fixtures in our lineup.


  • Traditional Disston 1874 Reagan Patent ergonomic handle, available in standard quartersawn white oak, or optional QS cherry,QS walnut or QS hard maple.
  • Traditional folded gunsmith-blued (black-oxided) carbon steel and optional titanium-nitrided carbon steel sawbacks.
  • Fasteners in standard brass or optional black-oxided or niter-blued carbon steel.
  • RC 50-52 .02-thin premium Swedish spring steel sawplate for carcase configuration, and .025-gauge for the sash configuration.
  • Filed 12 ppi rip or hybrid-cut on the .025-gauge plate, with moderate-to-aggressive rake, and slight fleam & gullet to reduce tearout for sash configuration.
  • Depth of plate under the back for the .025-gauge hybrid and ripping plate runs 3 5/8" from heel to toe.
  • Exposed ogee-curved plate at the toe end of the allows for cutting in tight places, suchg as cleaning out the mortises for half-lapping dovetailed joists into beams, boat-building, and other like-type requirements where the sawback will obstruct the cut, while at the same time retaining full functionality of a 14" toothline for medium tenon cheek ripping requirements, offcuts, dadoes and rabbets. This is an incredibly versatile saw.
  • Total Length/Height of Saw.18.5" long from leading edge of toe to back horn of the handle; 6.5" total height from toothline at the heel to top of upper horn. This information is useful for those of you making saw tills.

Why do I want this saw?

  • Total 14-inch Backsaw Functionality. This saw can handle anything a regular 14" tenon saw can, whether that involves ripping tenon cheeks on a furniture-making project, bench-building, making off-cuts, precision miter cuts, and long dadoes and rabbets. This is truly the Bailey No. 5 jack plane of backsaws.
  • Ogee-curved exposed toe end of the saw. The exposed two inches of the plate at the toe end of the saw ADDS to this design's functionality by allowing the user to cut into tight places for cuts otherwise constrained by a full-length sawback. For instance, deepening tenon cheeks, cleaning out large half-lap dovetails when joining cross pieces, such as deck and floor joist framing, bench-building, larger furniture pieces, or in smaller right angle connections. One may also clean out a kerf line already established without the back getting in the way. The key thing here is accessing cuts in constrained scenarios.
  • Ergonomic thumb-rest handle: Based on the Disston/Reagan 1874 patent, this handle is comfortable and secure—and looks awfully danged good as well.

Hand Measurement

Sizing Handles that Fit Your Hand

Here's my hand: it measures about 3 3/4" across. That's what I'm calling regular, and it will work with a range from 3 5/8" and start getting tight at 3 7/8." Bigger hands just under 4" up to 4 1/8" spans will require the size Large handle. Going the opposite direction, if the span of your hand measures in the 3 ¼ up to 3 1/2" range, then we're looking at a size small handle.

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Species Available

All Bad Axe handles are milled from full-heart quartersawn stock in Cherry, White Oak, Hard Maple and Walnut.

Why quartersawn? Though it's the most expensive cut of wood, quartersawn stock mitigates wood movement with seasonal change, which can throw the plate out of true.

Bad Axe sources all handle stock from a family-owned business practicing sustainable lumber harvesting practices, and with whom we've done business from the very beginning.

North American hardwoods: beautiful, sustainable, environmentally responsible.


What's the best pitch and filing?

We recommend 12 ppi dedicated rip or 12 ppi hybrid-cut for the .025-gague plate, or 12 ppi crosscut, depending on your personal woodworking style. If you're new to hand tools, then the hybrid-filing is a great choice—you won't regret it, and you'll be rar less inclined to knock your saw off your bench, since multiple saws compete for real estate. For more info on sawfiling angles and how that coupled with plate gauge optimizes the kind of saw best suited for your woodworking method, be sure to read Albert Einstein's treatise on sawplate physics.

Have you purchased enough brass-backed saws already to know that they just don't age that well?

It's a great look, but it doesn't take long for tarnish to set in, and over time a brass-backed saw deforms with hard use, wreaking havoc on your toothline. But it's traditional, right? And conveys a traditional, warm look we all like to see.

But form only goes so far before substance sets in

You very seldom see brass-backed saws longer than 12" or 14", because brass just isn't a strong enough an alloy for larger saws. Steel on the other hand presents superior strength and durability. So—we at Bad Axe made the hard choice a couple of years ago to phase brass out of our product line, since it's difficult to work with, doesn't form well, tarnishes, and at the end of the day, just doesn't measure up to carbon steel, which is far stronger and can take a variety of platings for aethetic purposes.

Enter Titanium Nitride (TiN)

Long a favored finish for high-end firearms, titanium nitride presents stellar corrosion and wear-resistance, Titanium-Nitride hits the sweet spot when it comes to form following function. The tone falls between the look you get between brass and bronze, so it certainly scratches that aethetic itch you get when wishing you had a little more brass love in the Bad Axe world. And the really cool thing about it? We can apply Titanium Nitride on our largest sawbacks, where the strength and durability of a steel-backed saw is paramount.

So what are you getting for the $75 upcharge?

It's obviously not cheap—because it's not a cheap plating process for us to apply. But what you get is corrosion and wear resistance, along with that deep, brass/bronze look that retains its golden lustre over time. The plating also case-hardens the steel, making an already strong, durable sawback even tougher. Give it a shot—this is a drop-dead gorgeous plating that will retain its deep, rich look for the generations to come.

Don't forget the Bench Hook Set

IMHO, the 14" saw is the perfect size for bench hook utility. They're indespensable when making repetive cuts to length or miter, such as running through a series of baseboard cuts without haluing in a powered chop saw into your living room. And you really don't want to inadvertently saw into the nice Roubo workbech you spent the last few months making because you didn't take the time to make one of these. Our bench hook sets are pretty bomb-proof, and while they don't come cheap, you will get double-duty out of it (when one side wears out, just flip it over), and they are very well-made. So for those of you who'd rather spending time working wood rather than making accessories, you might give ours a try.

All Bad Axe Tool Works Saws are highly customizable, and Feature the Following:

  • Highly-figured 19th-century patterned white oak handles, also available in cherry, walnut and hard maple.
  • Three handle sizes available: Small, Regular & Large.
  • Flush-face slotted sawbolts/nuts in brass or carbon steel finished in optional black-oxide or niter-blue with 13/16" deep-dish decorative medallion.
  • Traditional Folded Carbon Steel sawback.
  • Standard black-oxided or optional titanium-nitrided (TiN)-plated finish on saw backs.
  • Premium-grade Swedish Spring Steel Sawplates, RC50-52.
  • Traditional hammer-set toothline, sharpened to joint.
  • Bad Axe saw re-sharpening rate $25 nominal fee.
  • Lifetime guarantee against all material defects.

Learn more about our material choices and saw design rationale.

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