A blade for all directions
Cutting with Spyral coping saw

The Spyral Freestyle coping saw from Bestway cuts in any direction without reorienting the blade.

Coping saws were designed for coping, that often tedious process of cutting mouldings to match at corners and other joints. But with conventional coping saws it is often difficult to match the ins and outs of complex mouldings, trying to redirect the flat coping saw blade to follow the tight turns of the moulding shape.

Bestway offers an alternative with its Spyral Freestyle coping saw. The company specializes in saw blades with a spiral profile that cut in all directions without changing the angle of the blade.

Spyral coping saw blade
A close-up of the Spyral blade shows its special configuration with no teeth but a spiral cutting edge wrapped around a central shaft.

Blade with a twist
Spyral blades do not have the conventional profile of flat blades with teeth. Instead, they look like a round shaft around which has been wound a cutting surface. That makes all sides of the blade a cutting surface and make it an omnidirectional tool.

The Freetyle saw frame is also different. It uses the same system of a threaded handle for tensioning the blade, but since the blade doesn’t have to be reoriented in the saw frame for use, it uses fixed square mounting points, making for a more secure tensioning process.

Taking it for a cut
If you are used to a conventional coping saw, the Spyral takes a little getting used to. It still cuts best on the pull stroke, but because it cuts in all directions, it takes some effort and concentration to keep it on course. At first, you want to turn the saw to change direction when all you really need to do is change the direction of your pressure.

Once you get the hang of it, you realize how easy it is to change directions. You likely won’t get the smoothest of cuts at first, but the more you use it, the better you’ll get. 

Very fine blades are also available for more precision cuts. The sample set I got had .028”, .040”, and .050” blades. The ends twist off on the .040” and .050” blades so you can use the tool as a hole saw.

If you regularly make intricate curved cuts, the Spyral Freestyle saw is worth checking out. Also, note that Bestway also makes a whole line of spiral-cut blades including blades for power tools. Learn more at spyralsaw.com and bestwayproductscompany.com.

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William Sampson

William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.