Piercing or sawing metal seems to be one of the most difficult
parts of metalsmithing to master for beginners. The tip I give
my students is this:
You should be able to hold the sawframe and cut metal with only
two fingers. By doing this first, you allow the blade to cut the
metal, and not push hard with your hand. Begin cutting with only
two fingers on the frame, and then wrap the rest of your hand
around to “guide” not “push”.
Use the whole blade, not just one inch in the middle.
Buy the best blades you can. There has been much discussion
about giving beginning students economy blades because they will
just break them anyway. I give my students the best blades money
can buy, and they become better piercers for it. Before they ate
through the economy blades and snapped right through them. Now,
they barely go through a dozen in ten weeks.
M E T A L W E R X
416 Main St.
Woburn, MA 01801