couple of months ago, I ordered two small tenon saws from you (my first
experience with your work). They arrived promptly and I
intended to "put 'em through the paces" in an effort to feel them out
and get used to them.
My experience was nothing less than exhilarating!
My delight began the moment I pulled the saws from their respective
boxes. As my hand introduced itself to the wonderfully shaped handles,
a love affair was sparked. Like courting adolescents, walking
hand in hand(le), my shop time has been filled with excitement and
wonder. The little saws dart across and through a variety of
wood species with equal ease. The kerf seems to form itself,
growing deeper and deeper with seemingly no effort on my
part. It's as if these little saws want to do the right thing
by helping me with my projects by running straight and true through
I've attached a photo of my first effort with your saws used for the
mortise and tenon joinery part of a coffee table I designed and created
for my first love, my wife.
Eddie, thank you so much for creating such a fine group of
tools. I can say with absolute certainty that these two
little saws are the pride and joy of my rather extensive collection of
hand tools. I'm both happy and sad to say that I've paid much
more for tools that have not performed nearly as well as your saws.
Thanks again and you can bet that I'll be striking up another order
form in the not-too-distant future!
Dear Eddie Sirotich:
I tried the saws today, I can't possibly tell you how good
they are, partly because you already know, partly because there are no
words. Sorcery must have been involved. My dad
would have killed for saws like these. I have his old x cut
back saw (as well as lot of his hand tools), and I doubt he had any
idea what he was missing. I never heard or saw (so
to speak) of anything like this in 50 years of whacking at bits of wood
in my spare time.
I thought people were overstating the case for these saws, but they
were actually underselling these things. I'm an adequate
carpenter, at best, but these
things make me look like a craftsman.
Thank you, thank you.
I just wanted to give you some
feedback on two saws I purchased last
year. For various reasons I had not been able to put them to use until
recently. I LOVE these saws. I purchased a dovetail saw and a small
tenon saw. They are exceptionally sharp and straight. I had the
opportunity to shave the end grain from a tenon. I was able to cut and
maintain a piece of waste wood of no more than 1/32 of an inch of hard
maple. It just peeled right over as the saw continued to cut up to its
maximum depth. I wish now I had measured the shaving. The saws were
artwork when I received them but now they're working art. Thanks for
two wonderful tools.
I'm sure you hear this with
regularity but I didnt want to be one of the silent masses. My tenon
saws arrived yesterday and Eddie, there is no
comparison. They are the finest made hand tools I own, or probably ever
will. Beautiful work, and it just amazes me how well they function. I'm
wondering where you hid the power cord. Great job, and thank you.
Sorry not to have notified you earlier that my saw (small tenon cross
cut) arrived in good shape. After using it for a couple of
weeks now, I am convinced it is the finest cutting saw I have ever
used. And the quality of the cut is fantastic. I
find myself cutting the waste wood in my "burn box" into smaller and
smaller pieces just to use the saw. Thanks for the excellent
The large tenon saw that I recently received
from you is superb! You have blended precision, quality and
art in your product. I am more than satisfied, I am delighted. Please
keep up the great work.
Eddie, it's raining in Chicago so killing
some time, just wanted to let you know I purchased two of your
tenon saws about 5 years ago and absolutely love
them. These are of the highest quality and remain sharp to
this day. I am a "weekend warrior" so use is moderate. I
appreciate the craftsmanship of your tools and customer service that
was provided. I would recommend
your saws to anyone.
I have just received the dovetail saw and have
spent about an hour cutting with it. I have only two words for
this saw - Absolute Perfection! And this is compared with 2
other very high end saws which I own. The cut is so smooth, but
what I admire most is the flawless gap-free fit of blade and
handle, and well as the feel and balance. Thank you so much for
making it for me.
Please acept my order for 4 more saws - the
matching small and large tenon saws, rip and crosscut. I will be
floored if the fit and finish match the dovetail saw.
Dear Mr Sirotich,
Having just purchased one of your small x-cut tenon saws, I feel I must
write to you to say how pleased I am with it's quality and
It's all-ready one of my favourite toys, oops,sorry tools.
When I first ordered it I felt a little guilty, if not disloyal being
born and bred in first and still the best steel and
tool manufacturing city in the world ( forgive the pride )
SHEFFIELD, England, the home and birth place of crucible steel making
Benjamin Huntsman 1704/1776.
However when I took delivery all the guilt subsided, what a wonderful
piece of engineering.
Many Thanks, yours Sincerely
Keith T Pullin.
Eddie, the saw arrived today. I was able to
do a small trial dovetail and am really impressed! This thing
cuts as smooth as my jap saws and is a 100% improvement
over the other western saws I've had. Thanks for producing such a fine
I bought my dovetail saw several years ago,
when they first came out. As a middle-of-the-road hobbyist, I
was hesitant to lay out that kind of money, but once I tried
it (and tested it head-to-head with the other
"famous" dovetail saw), I was hooked.
I have never regretted this purchase. This is my favorite
tool in the shop; and its high out-of-the-box quality has
allowed me to become pretty darn good at cutting
dovetails. I love the balance in my hand, and its
ability to track a line.
Thanks for a great product.
This beautiful tool more than surpasses my expectations. The fit and
finish are of superlative quality. From the masterfully carved bubinga
handle to the hand filed tempered steel blade to the polished flush fit
brass split screws, there are no apologies needed for this saw. I've
been told that "no one makes like they used to". You make them better
than any other. I was sorely tempted to buy the very fine Lie-Nielsen
dovetail saw, but I am certainly glad I gave bought yours instead. It
not only looks beautiful, but it cuts my cherry, walnut and mahogany
boards with incredible smoothness. Now I look forward to cutting fine
joinery with this exceptional saw. Feel free to refer anyone to me who
may be hesitant or need a reference.
Michael Emmerson, MD
I received the dovetail saw I ordered several days and finally had a
chance to give it a try. I wanted to let you know that it is everything
the reviews I read said it would be. The sharpening job is excellent.
tracks extremely well and leaves a narrow and smooth kerf. I have been
trying to work on my hand tool skills and become proficient at handcut
think your saw will not only help me get there, but also will make the
journey very enjoyable. Thanks for a great tool. I look forward to
tenon saw somewhere down the road.
I've had these Adria tools for about a year
now, and they are a continuing joy to use.
For example, the large tenon saw bailed me out when I was constructing
a Roubo-style workbench. I had intended to cut a ½" wide by 4" by 4"
slot in the bottom of a leg on my band saw, before assembling the base.
Oops. With the tenon saw, plus a ½" chisel, I had a
near-perfect result in just a few minutes. I could not have done the
job better, or quicker, on my band
The crosscut saw cuts with stunning speed.
Thanks for these great products!
Got home yesterday after work and the saw
was there. Congrats Mr. Sirotich, the saw is beautiful and
cuts like a dream. I love it!!!!!
I have had a dovetail saw made by Eddie for several years now (probably
around 4 or 5 if I remember correctly). I can't say enough good things
about it - it is by far one of my favorite tools in the shop. I also
own an original Independence Tool dovetail saw (made before LN took
them over). While they are both great saws, I almost always reach for
the Adria saw before the LN.
I also like to tell the story about Frank
Klausz and my Adria saw. A couple of years ago, I
took a weekend long class at Highland Hardware with Frank as the
teacher on building a dovetailed jewelry box (great class BTW). During
the dovetail demonstration that Frank gave, he just went on and on
about how much he loved his IT dovetail saw - how he had even purchased
one of these saws for each of the workers in his shop. After the demo
and when everybody was cutting their own dovetails, Frank was walking
around the room offering tips and suggestions and such. When he got to
me, he immediately started asking all kinds of questions about my Adria
dovetail saw. I offered to let him take it for a test spin and Frank
just sat there for about 5 min or so just making cuts on a scrap piece
of mahogany. You could just see the wheels spinning in his head as he
made each cut. When it was all said and done, Frank just went on and on
saying great things about the saw - he was obviously impressed.
Eddie does quality work and makes a quality
tool. I have been so impressed with my first Adria saw that I just
ordered a set of small tennon saws from him - one rip and one crosscut.
Can't wait for them to get here.
I just got in from the shop and happened to remember that I never sent
you a note to let you know that my two new Small Tenon Saws arrived a
week or so ago. They look GREAT! I had a chance to play around with
them today for the first time. I cut some tenons in some scrap cherry
just to see how the saws worked. As far as I am concerned, life could
not be better. They work GREAT! Lets see, they look great and
work great so they must be just plain GREAT!
I bought a dovetail saw from you a couple years ago and have been
thrilled with its performance every time I use it.
Received my saw: looks great, feels great, cuts great.
I knew, in the intellectual way, that this would be a better saw than
others in the collection I had amassed so far. But the feeling that I
get cutting into the end grain of a board with this saw is that it's
almost unfair to have this much precision at one's disposal. I can
place the saw just to the waste side of the line (with NO tilt relative
to the face of the board), and exert the slightest push--and find that
I've made a perfectly straight cut that is so slender it looks like I
used a laser.
I'll definitely be buying all my saws in
the future from Adria. Even if the Lie-Nielsen saws were as good or
better (and now I have my doubts, even though I LOVE their planes),
their handles look big relative to yours, and my fingers are stubby. Your
handle shape fits perfectly in hand.
Matthew M Davis
I've not had much shop time of late -- you really don't want to know --
but last weekend I had a chance to work on a jewelry box project I
started a _long_ time ago. Several little drawers, dovetailed sides --
I've been giving my Adria dovetail saw a workout, and wanted you to
know what a pleasure it is to use. I've got one of the original
prototypes, but prototype or no it is the finest saw I've ever used.
Just wanted you to know that your good work is bringing pleasure to me,
and also helping me do better work that will (hopefully!) bring
pleasure to someone else.
Best- Paul Swets
Just wanted to let you know that I received the matched pair of tenon
saws, and they're just beautiful. They feel very good in my hand, and a
couple of quick test cuts confirms that they work as expected. You
definitely do some nice work. I look foward to the large tenon saws as
Thanks and regards,
I received the large tenon saws yesterday, and they're just great. I
now have every type of saw that you make, so it's time for you to add
to your line-up :-) Maybe a set of panel saws? Anyhow, thanks for the
good job on the saws, and good luck with Adria Tools.
Just wanted to let you know that I received my dovetail saw... what a
beautiful piece of work! I can't wait to use it on a project. Thanks
for the great craftsmanship.
Saws arrived and they are not only beautiful but a joy to use and are
giving me excellent results. Your craftsmanship is first rate. I had
high expectations for the saws and you exceeded them. Hope your
Saws arrived. They look great. I tried them last night, both cut quick
The saw came yesterday, and it truly is a thing of beauty. A former
employer almost met an untimely demise when he used the old adage that
"it's a poor craftsman who blames his tools" after my computer kept
crashing and there were typos in a memo I prepared. Your saw proves
that he's wrong - even in my novice hands, the joints I cut last night
are much tighter and cleaner with a quality tool.
Now it's time to yearn after its companion,
the tenon saw. Hmmm, our anniversary is coming up...
Got the saw today, Saturday morning all nicely bundled up in the
packing peanuts. It sure is a great looking and natural feeling saw. It
cuts great with very little effort, and it cuts right where it is guided.
I surely would recommend this saw to anyone who wants to learn the
craft of hand dovetails. Heck, it is just a pretty saw to look at in
the shop even if it isn't used for dovetails. I'll probably be getting
another one in the not too distant future.