Draper Venom Hand Saws – Woodworker Magazine Review


The August 2016 issue of the Woodworker Magazine performed a test on a range of Venom Saws, the review highlighted the saws great value, quality and versatility giving them an overall score of 9.5/10.

Draper Venom Hand Saws

“A good hand saw is a vital part of any woodworker’s toolkit. It needs no mains power or batteries and is always ready for use. Modern designs like these Draper Venoms are fast-cutting, easy to handle and represent excellent value.”

The Venom Range
In the past it might have taken some years for a crafstman to build up his tool kit. Each item would be carefully chosen and perfectly maintained and sharpened for years to get maximum use from it. A good set of hand saws was a major expense and regular visits to the saw doctor were vital to keep them in tip-top condition. These days things have changed a little. Of course you can still buy beautiful handmade saws with elegant wooden handles that will last you a lifetime; however, the majority of jobbing woodworkers now opt for the rather cheaper, disposable saws. The venom range of saws from Draper is an excellent example. These saws bear little relation to traditional designs. They have hardened teeth that cut on both push and pull stroke and the blades are lacquered to reduce friction and prevent corrosion. The plastic handles are perfectly shaped with soft rubber inserts making them comfortable and secure. They can be used to make 90° and 45° lines on the workpiece and are suitable for timber, sheet materials, plasterboard and plastics.

Venom VST550
This is the longest saw here and is labelled as a ‘first fix’ saw. It has the coarsest blade with 8ppi. The teeth are triple-ground meaning that in addition to the front and rear edges, there is also and angled chisel tip. It cuts fast and smoothly and leaves a perfectly good finish.

Venom VST500
Near identical to its larger stablemate, this is labelled as a ‘second fix’ saw and has 12ppi, again triple-ground. It cuts smoothly and leaves a fine finish.

Venom VST300
This is a tenon saw with 12ppi. It has double-ground hardpoint teeth and a stiffened blade. Again, it is comfortable and easy to use, leaving a perfect finish.

In Summary
Frankly these are excellent saws for a ridiculously small amount of money. My personal favourite is the VST550. Although it has the coarsest blade, it cuts fast and leaves a perfectly acceptable finish.

A good range of saws to suit all general tasks. Well made and robust.

  • High quality of cut
  • Comfortable ergonomic handle
  • Great value
  • Can’t be re-sharpened, but at this price who cares?

VALUE FOR MONEY ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
PERFORMANCE ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

AS – The Woodworker Magazine – August, 2016

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