The weight of a saw frame, combined with a good ergonomic handle is
crucial to repetitive and delicate piercing. For years I have used
the Swiss style frame with both a short and wide throat, a stubby
and cushiony handle combined with a quick load feature for blades.
If you have an old style wood handle, new style rubber handle or the
wonderful Knew Concept style, to achieve consistent piercing without
pain, you must loosen your grip. Those tiny blades know exactly what
to do. Let them. You should be able to pierce with holding the saw
frame with only two fingers. The rest of your hand just helps you
drive. Keep your hand moving up and down at all times.
Beginners often put a death grip on their handles, trying to force
out “wood juice”, thinking if one grabs onto the handle and force the
blade to their will, that the metal will yield. A pile of snapped
blades grows around their benches, shoulders tense and their poor saw
blade and frame scream. The fusion between the maker and tool creates
a particular sound, and piercing is no different.
Different metals pierce differently. Use the correct saw blade to
match your metal. Manufacturers of saw blades a whole other topic
Piercing is not unlike driving. You don’t GRIP a steering wheel.
With the aid of power steering, you GUIDE the steering wheel. Or
think of a whisk for making an oil and vinegar dressing. To create
the perfect blend, one must move the whisk around quickly and deftly
by loosely holding the handle of the whisk and allowing the shape of
the tool to do its work.
Lastly, for every 20 minutes of piercing, give yourself 5 minutes to
rest and stretch your hands and back.