High quality saws by Pax have been made in Sheffield, England since 1776, right about the time that steel for making saws was first available in commercial quantities. In those days, craftsmen used handsaws ten hours a day, six days a week, so these tools had to be up to the challenge. As more and more people re-discover the efficiency and pleasure of using hand tools, handsaws are having a well-deserved comeback. The key, of course, is finding a well-crafted, hand-sharpened saw like those made by Pax. They are truly some of the finest handsaws available today, with features that make your work come out better. Keeping with the original tradition Pax saws are hand sharpened by filing, a traditional method for top-of-the-line saws because it produces a better result than machine sharpening.