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Old 09-07-2013, 06:29 PM   #1
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Default Flying Dutchman Blades

Folk who use Flying Dutchman brand swear by them (and just might swear at anyone who suggests they try anything else). What is it that makes these blades better than any others? Is it a new chemistry steel? A special heat treatment? A magical stamp?

Are there any test reports that compares the blades to other blades in tests that are "head to head" (e.g. cutting 1/4" thick oak until the wood burns then measuring the amount of wood cut, etc)

Inquiring minds want to know, especially those of us who haven't used them.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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No. 1 is Mike, you can't deal with a better man.
For me FD blades cut better than any blade I have used.

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Old 09-07-2013, 06:40 PM   #3
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You should do a test of your own to see what blades you like best for what you will be cutting. Buy some Pegas, Olsen, Flying Dutchman, On-Line, etc and try them out.
Not everybody likes the FD best.
I sure do though.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:38 PM   #4
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I like Flying Dutchman blades also. I pay less than 19 cents a blade for them when bought in quantity.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:09 PM   #5
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Send your address and I am glad to send you a sample of the number blade you would like to try.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:24 PM   #6
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I did a head-to-head test for cutting 3/4" and thicker wood when I first started scrolling. I compared Flying Dutchman, Pegas and Olsen blades, and found the FD-R blade consistently more aggressive than the rest.

Don't forget that each blade, in addition to size, comes in a variety of tooth styles that affect cutting. It would be impractical to do more than a limited formal testing, given all the variables, not to mention type of saw used and personal cutting style. You'll just have to try various blades until you find what works for you--there really are no short cuts for experience. However, avoid the big box store blades--they are usually of poorer quality and more costly than what you can get via mail.

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Old 09-07-2013, 09:00 PM   #7
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What woodsman said try them for yourself and see what you like best. I am not a big fan of FD blades I like my Olson blades. It is not so much that they are better it is more the fact that I have gotten used to how the Olson blades cut and they work best for "my style of cutting".
Much of it will come down to what you cut. 90% of my work is fine detailed ornaments, blade of choice is the Olson 2/0 reverse. It not an agressive blade, I still, after 8 years of scrolling, have difficullty following a line with the FD 2/0..
Mike of FD blades certainly provides excellent service and I do use the FD Polar blades for plastic and the FD "new" spiral 2/0 when I need to do lots of veining.
But the rest of my blades are all Olson with a Pegas thrown in here and there.
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I have tried other blades that were supposed to be directly comparable and the fd's performed much better.
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I don't know what makes them better, but I just recently tried them, and they don't seem to stray as much as any other blades I have used. I really like them

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Old 09-13-2013, 08:27 PM   #10
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I have been using the FD blades and like them. As everyone else says, Mike's service is outstanding.

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