I am looking for anyone who has had experience with a motorized
saw that uses standard jeweler’s sawblades, or a similar saw
capable of cutting heavy stock. I am starting to make jewelry
that includes pieces of pattern-welded damascus steel, that I buy
from the smith as bar-end offcuts, sized about 2x3x2 inches.
This material needs to be sliced thin enough for inlay work,
earrings, etc. I have done a few test pieces cutting it by hand
with a jeweler’s saw, but this is way too slow for production
I’ve looked at the diamond band saws that glassworkers and
lapidaries use; it looks as if that might work. I’ve also seen a
few modelmaker’s scroll saws that use standard jeweler’s blades,
but the advertised capacity is much too thin.
A full-sized bandsaw won’t fit in my cramped shop, and wastes
too much material anyway.
Any thoughts or suggestions?