The History and Uses of Saws

Aren’t the saws in amazing for any DIY project? Makes you wonder when saws began to exist, right?

Well, we’ve done our research, and here’s what we found.



Saws were once serrated materials like sea shells, flint, shark teeth, and obsidian. Log ago in Egypt, around 3,100 to 2,686 B.C. during the Early Dynastic Period, open or unframed saws were made of copper.

A lot of copper saws were even found in a tomb in the 31st century B.C. Even before, saws were already used to cut through various materials. They were also used to kill people at some point. It was called “death by sawing.”

Different saws were also found in numerous contexts throughout the history of Egypt. Saws were illustrated in tomb walls together with the carpenters that use them for work. The saws came in a variety of sizes and types too. These Egyptians saws were serrated and made of hardened copper. They could cut on both push and pull movements. As the tool progressed, its teeth were raked to slash only on the pull stroke, but the same cannot be said with modern saws now, which can cut on alternating strokes.


Later on, bronze and iron were used to make saws. Frame saws began existing during the Iron Age, and these saws were grasping the thin blades in suspense.

The first sawmill known to man is the Roman Hierapolis sawmill which existed in the 3rd century AD.

Other Versions

The Chinese were convinced that the saw was invented by Lu Ban, while the Greeks believe that Talos, Daedalus’s nephew, invented the saw, as recounted by Ovid.


Saws, just like before, are still used for cutting materials such as wood, plastic, and metal. They are utilized heavily in construction, hunting, forestry, demolition, and even medicine.


Today, with the variety of saws available on the market, you’ll have to know the functions of each kind to check if it’s the right saw for the job. Unlike before, saws are now tailored for specific purposes. Take for example the jigsaw; it’s made to create complex curves and irregular shapes. Pole saws, on the other hand, are designed to prune vines, branches, and shrubs. Chainsaws are for tree felling, pruning, bucking, and limbing; chop saws are used to cut through stone and metal; band saws are used to slice through pipes and tubes; so on and so forth.

Whichever saw you’ll use, just remember that your first priority is your safety.