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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian08 Oct 2021 9:22 p.m. PST

How often do you use your razor saw?

* daily
* weekly
* monthly
* quarterly
* annually
* rarely
* don't have a razor saw
* what's a razor saw?

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2021 10:39 p.m. PST

Depends. Averaging it out, I'd say weekly.

A strange use for it is making a slot big enough to enlarge a hand grip to take a repaired sword, flag staff, etc.
I find a razor saw pretty useful for that.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2021 11:31 p.m. PST


Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 1:12 a.m. PST

Rarely. I last used it to make a waterline model of an LCM 3 landing craft. That was the beginning of 8 hours of hell making up the overly detailed Trumpeter 1/48 scale model. Actually come to think of it that was the only time I used it.

Martin Rapier09 Oct 2021 1:29 a.m. PST

My razor saw is almost 50 years old. In the last 12 months I've used it three or four times. I just don't do that many projects which need it these days, although it is useful to have. I haven't used my Dremel at all though!

phssthpok09 Oct 2021 2:27 a.m. PST

Monthly, as an average. Just finished cutting clear plastic for ship bases.

ecaminis Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 3:47 a.m. PST

never, don't own one

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 4:36 a.m. PST

What is a razor saw?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 4:53 a.m. PST

It's a small backsaw.


A couple of times a year (wargaming, more often for household, other), but when I do I spend a few hours a day using it several days in a row butchering up junk to become terrain.

Occasionally, I use it for a few minutes for a kitbash when I need to make just that kind of cut.

Even though I am an engineer (by profession and vocation), I do prefer to use the right tool for the right job instead of swearing at myself for not doing so and inurring unnecessary post-stupid clean up work.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 5:00 a.m. PST

I use a razor saw that is the size and shape of an X-Acto #11 blade, and fits in an X-Acto knife handle. As I like to convert, I use it at least weekly.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 5:26 a.m. PST


Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 6:09 a.m. PST


Thanks for the idea. I've always used a file for making a slot in a figure's hand, or a pin vise for drilling a hole, but it is not easy to control the result. I am going to try it your way, and kick myself for not having thought of it years ago.


Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 6:15 a.m. PST

I haven't used mine in so many years that I forgot I even had it. Thanks for reminding me about it. I will bring it out of the dungeon and keep it where I can see it, in case there arises a situation where I can use it.

The Nigerian Lead Minister09 Oct 2021 6:47 a.m. PST

+1 Doug MSC. It's somewhere at the bottom of the workbench.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 7:22 a.m. PST

You're welcome, Rick.
In fact, I have 3 of them. I don't know why.
Sometimes when you have a tool, you just come up with different ideas on what to do with it. grin But it works.
That's sort of the opposite of how things should work. It's like using a wrench to hammer a nail.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 7:33 a.m. PST


Same here. I have my late father's vintage razor saw and never thought to us it to enlarge hands to hold weapons, flag staffs, etc.


P.S. I use mine at least several times a month, but with John's idea will probably use it more often now.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 9:33 a.m. PST

Sometimes. Regularly when I'm working with second-hand 28mm, rarely when I'm working with 2mm.

rmaker09 Oct 2021 10:37 a.m. PST

Maybe quarterly. Used it much more frequently back when I was building basswood ship models.

KSmyth09 Oct 2021 5:46 p.m. PST

Quarterly at most, but when I need it I need it.

machinehead Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 11:44 p.m. PST

Don't have a razor saw.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 7:53 a.m. PST

Have not used mine in years. Switched over to Extrabio's
idea of an exacto saw blade years ago.

At one time, used the razor saw to cut bases, way back when
sources such as Litko did not exist, but abandoned the
razor saw for a small modeler's table saw, which rarely
sees use anymore thanks to Litko, etc.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 9:00 a.m. PST

I've been doing a lot of head swap AWI conversions lately. I mainly use Kings Mountain heads for the "donor" head, but you still have to prepare the recipient. Take an Old Glory Continental in hunting shirt, saw off his head, file smooth, drill a hole for the peg, and insert a LI cap head.
I've also given Eureka Ragged Continentals and Old Glory cavalry KMM pimp hats. And if you save the severed heads, there's another source.

And if you wish to game the festivities on January 6, take a Warlord or Old Glory Comanche with a horned buffalo cap, saw the head off and attach to a bare chested Gaul. Voila! Jacob Chansley, aka the QAnon shaman.

A razor saw is one of those tools that you find more and more uses for.

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