Scroll Saw Blade Types: Is There Really a Difference?

Woodworking is both a hobby and a profession enjoyed by many.  A primary tool used by modern woodworkers are scroll saws.

But with all the different scroll saw blades types out there, you got a ton of questions and confusion.

You're trying to get the answers to some and maybe even all of these questions...

  • What scroll saw blade to use?
  • What types of scroll saw blades are the best?
  • Is there a difference in the types of scroll saw blade teeth?
  • What's the difference between pin end and plain end scroll saw blades?

We're going to go into insane detail on each of those questions and more. By the end of this post, you'll have a good understanding on the different scroll saw blade types and what they're used for.

Let's get started...

As you are most likely aware, there are many different types of scroll saw blades available. Each has a specific use and they depend on what type of project you're looking to do.

Some of these scroll saw blade types include...

  • Standard Tooth scroll saw blades
  • Skip tooth scroll saw blades
  • Double tooth scroll saw blades
  • Reverse skip tooth scroll saw blades
  • Precision ground scroll saw blades
  • Spiral scroll saw blades
  • Crown tooth scroll saw blades

Standard Scroll Saw Blades

Standard scroll saw blades come in both the wooden and metal variety.

The wooden blades are efficient for clearing off sawdust during the woodworking process while the metal blades feature less space between the 'teeth' of the blades.

However, the metal blades may prove to be more durable given its material.

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Skip Tooth Scroll Saw Blades

For beginner or amateur woodworkers, skip tooth scroll saw blades are advised due to having less blade teeth. They're called 'skip tooth' due to the fact that the blade placement 'skips', or has a distance between each individual blade teeth.

​Double Tooth Scroll Saw Blades

Double tooth scroll saw blades increase the amount of teeth, with two per gap as opposed to a single tooth. They tend to leave a much smoother cut although their performance tends to be slower as a result.

Precision Ground Saw Blades

An offshoot of the double tooth place would be precision ground scroll saw blades. Unlike standard skip-tooth blades, precision ground tooth blades are much sharper and created with the purpose to shape rather than simply file.

Precision ground scroll saw blades are not recommended for beginner or casual woodworkers due to the increased sharpness and the fact they cut in a direct straight line, which is rather unforgiving for any mistakes made.

​Reverse Skip Tooth Scroll Saw Blades

Reverse skip tooth scroll saw blades feature up-pointed teeth that are inverted. This arrangement serves to reduce splintering.

The disadvantages of reverse skip-tooth saw blades are that the blade life tends to be shorter and that it does not clear sawdust as efficiently.

Ultra Reverse Scroll Saw Blades

A newer variation referred to as the 'ultra-reverse' does clear sawdust quite well, most likely an improvement over the reverse skip-tooth saw blade itself.

​Spiral Scroll Saw Blades

Spiral scroll saw blades, true to its namesake, are shaped in spirals. Spiral scrolls saw blades are able to cut in any direction and are preferred for woodworking projects that require complex or irregular shapes.

spiral scroll saw blade

Pin End Scroll Saw Blades

Pin end spiral scroll saw blades feature a tiny pin within each cross-end, resting in a hook-like holder. Unfortunately, pin end spiral scroll saw blades are considerably rare, as many retailers and manufacturers do not sell these types of scroll saw blades.

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Crown Tooth Scroll Saw Blades

Crown tooth scroll saw blades, on the other hand, are similar to the reverse tooth design but are able to cut in both stroke directions. They tend to be used for projects that require smoother finishes or crafts that incorporate plastics into their design.

Both the spiral and crown tooth scroll saw blades are the most common when it comes to specialized scroll tooth saw blades. They serve an excellent purpose for more specialized or more detailed projects.

types of scroll saw blades

What Scroll Saw Blade to Use

In order to choose the correct scroll saw blade type for your project, you need to keep the following details in mind.

  • Consider the type of material that you will be using. How hard or thick is it? It should be known that the harder or thicker the material you choose to work with, the stronger and more durable the scroll saw blade you need to get.
  • Understanding the pattern and complexity of the project is another detail you don't want to look over.
  • Will it require certain curves and patterns that need to be just right?
  • Does the wood need to be carved in a certain pattern or design that's needed for a certain look?

Different saw blades create different cuts, and you want to make sure you're using the right blade for the type of project you're working on.

Also, consider your own experience with woodworking. Are you a seasoned woodworker who creates furniture or crafts either for employment or as a hobby? Or are you new to woodworking, possibly introducing a friend or family member to working on his or her own project?

Some scroll saw blades are much more beginner friendly than others, while more intricate and complex projects require that experienced touch that only a more advanced scroll saw blade can provide.

The best tip to take away from this is that not all projects are the same just as not all scroll saw blades are the same.

However, safety is a very important and integral part of any project that makes use of sharp tools and instruments.

  • Always wear appropriate safety equipment including goggles, gloves and hearing protection (especially when dealing with loud machines).
  • Check for nails, screws and any other metals before beginning a cut.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and avoid wearing anything loose-fitting.
  • If you can, take off any jewelry before you begin your work.
  • And most importantly, avoid drugs or alcohol of any kind when doing these projects and be sure not to be too distracted while at work.

Woodworking can be a relaxing, enjoyable activity whether alone or among fellow enthusiasts.

Scroll sawing is often found to be very enjoyable and relaxing. It's also easy to do and doesn't require much to get started.

We've covered the various scroll saw blade types to get you started on the right path.

Take the next step and get going.

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