I do not know why the term 'Gent' is used here. It is a
straight handled brass or steel backed saw of small dimensions. I
presume the 'Dovetail' term stems from the suitability of them
for cutting fine dovetails.
The Gent Saw or Dovetail Saw
I have several examples varying in size from
20 mm x 100 mm blade size up to
44 mm x 220 mm.
The sizes with very thin blades, often called razor saws, are
usually sharpened so that they cut on the pull stroke. Razor saws are
commonly used for aero modeling, but I have used then on occasions
for detailed work on complicated types of bee frame.
The larger ones were originally supplied to cut on the forward
stroke, but I have re sharpened mine with fleam teeth to cut equally
on both strokes.
It would more often be found among a cabinet maker's toolkit than in a
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