Best Fret Saw Reviews UK 

Thanks for taking your time to read our reviews on the best fret saws that are currently available on the United Kingdom marketplace.

Fret saws are often referred to as a jeweller's saw. At first glance fret saws look very similar in design to coping saws.

There are however some important differences. Fret saws have blades available that are thinner than coping saw blades. This allows for finer turns and thus you can do more detailed work with a fret saw.

Generally speaking, fret saws will turn tighter and leave a smaller kerf. The blades in fret saws are prone to breaking.

Fret saws also have slightly more depth than a coping saw as the handle height is larger.

Most home owners will not ever need one of these as they are used mainly by woodworkers, and for making dovetail joints.

Just below you will see our top 5 list of fret saws. However, we also know you are busy, so if you don't have time to read our full review, we would highly recommend the Eclipse Fret Saw 70-FS1R.

Best Fret Saw by Buyer Rating

The top 5 are as follows:




Eclipse Fret Saw 70-FS1R



Draper 18153 295mm Throat Fret Saw



Faithfull Fretsaw



Silverline Tools 453456 300 mm Fretsaw



Bahco 302 Fretsaw


Just below, we have also completed some summary reviews on each of these, so as you can see which is the best option for you.

No 1 - Eclipse Fret Saw 70-FS1R Summary Review

  • 94% customer satisfaction
  • Synthetic, solid round, tapered filaments
  • Wooden handle with stainless steel ferrule
  • Use with emulsion, water or oil-based coatings, varnish, wood stain & lacquer
  • Excellent paint loading & even distribution
  • Amazing value at this price

No 2 - Draper 18153 295mm Throat Fret Saw Summary Review

  • 88% customer satisfaction
  • Thick, pure bristles
  • For use with both oil & water-based paints
  • Stainless steel ferrule offers durability & corrosion resistance
  • Excellent paint loading & even distribution
  • Gets brilliant reviews
  • Again really great value

No 3 - Faithfull Fretsaw Summary Review

  • 86% buyer satisfaction rating
  • Use with water and solvent based coatings
  • No filament loss guaranteed
  •  Hand chiselled for precision cutting in
  • Self flag for perfect painting edge throughout the life of the brush
  • Great brush but that bit more expensive

No 4 - Silverline Tools 453456 300 mm Fretsaw Summary Review

  • 83% buyer satisfaction rating
  • Perfect for the home painter
  • 5 brushes (2x1", 2x1. 5" And 1x2")
  • Use with all paints
  • Gives a smooth finish
  • Harris produce great brushes, i cant recommend them highly enough

No 5 - Bahco 302 Fretsaw Summary Review

  • 90% buyer satisfaction rating
  • Perfect for the professional painter
  • Gives a smooth finish
  • 1 x 0.5" / 12mm - 1" / 25mm - 1.5" / 38mm 2 x 2" / 50mm
  • A bit more expensive but worth it if you do a lot of painting

In Conclusion

These fret saws are not really a commonly used item. They all are priced between £10 and £20 and there is not a massive difference between them. 

We did, however, find that the cheaper ones were a lot lighter in build. Unfortunately this makes the frame less rigid and the blades are much more likely to bend and break. I would definitely stay away from any units that are under £10 as you will find these blade problems very frustrating.

If you have time,  take a quick look at this video. I found it very helpful in learing how to use one of these saws correctly.

Hopefully you have found this information on fret saws useful. If you are still not sure which saw is the best for you then have a look at our article of the types of saws and their uses for some more information.

You may also be interested in a motorised version on this type of saw and you can find out more at our best scroll saw page.

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