This is the preferred choice among professional carvers.
1/4 pitch chain is available in either single raker or double raker styles
1/4 pitch chain is normally for use on saws using “dime tip” and “quarter tip” carving bars, some specialty carving bars having a sprocket tip, and on some small saws that may come factory direct with 1/4 pitch chain…including the small, battery powered pruning saws
- Single raker, also called ‘Professional Style’, is considered to be more agressive and with a higher chance of ‘kickback’ compared to double raker.
- Double raker, sometimes called ‘Safety Chain’ (in reality, no saw chain is ‘safe’…it’s simply ‘safer’), is a slightly smoother, slightly slower cutting chain (I don’t know if that’s simply the user’s perception or whether it’s actually true), that has less chance of kickback due to the double raker configuration…see the photos for an explanation of single vs. double rakers
NOTE: Carving bars, with their small tip diameters have less ‘kickback’ than standard bars using larger size chains…doesn’t make them safe…makes them ‘less dangerous’.