Feb 16, Yours looks nicer/older. I've other saws with similar sensibilities to yours that date (by way of having dates scratched in them) to the turn of the. There I found a Spear & Jackson 14" backsaw (closed handle) in good .. = A0There are probably other features that can > help date a saw. The Spear and Jackson Tools division comprises operating companies in Lawn, garden and agricultural tools; Wood saws and trowels; Contractors' With a heritage dating back to the s, Spear & Jackson offer a broad.
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Some sawmakers continued to use split nuts well after the Glover's patent improved nuts we widely adopted.
Peace, for example, used split nuts on his lower-end models like the Darlington, until at least as late asperhaps longer. I assume this was due to cost- the new Munger patent screws must have been more expensive, even if they were a superior product. As far as maintenance goes.
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If a saw has absolutely virgin split nuts and a loose handle, I don't try to tighten them. When the handles were finished the nuts were filed flat, leaving a nice fit and finish. This also reduces the depth of the slots making them hard to grip with a driver. If you do manage to turn the nuts without caming out, the screw is never likely to be flush with the handle again, and it will look monkeyed with. Instead, use a very thin shim or better yet, try to add some very thin oil to the slot in the handle.
Sometimes this will make it swell enough to regain a good grip on the saw plate and spine. If the saw nuts have been tightened already, then there's no harm in trying to do it again. I use a brace with a split nut bit to make sure I have a good grip and enough torque. Some screws will break off, others may blow-out the wood surrounding the nut if you aren't careful, so go slow.
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It's good to have lots and lots of spare split nuts. Earlier this year I sold a nice mids split nut backsaw to a Galoot. Before shipping it I made sure the handle was tight. When he received it a week later he mentioned that the handle was too loose to use and sent it back.
I received the saw and sure enough, the handle was loose. I threw it in my repair pile and didn't think about it again until a few weeks later. For a great downloadable explanation of saw tooth design, click here.
I believe this saw pre-dates saw plate etching. The toe of the plate features a tiny delicate nib and it beggars belief how such a small piece of metal has stayed attached to the plate for so many years.
The saw handle is truly a hand-crafted work of art that just invites you to pick the saw up.
The hang of the handle is such that the saw feels wonderfully balanced in the hand. If I ever make my own saws, this handle will definitely be used as my template. The handle is secured to the plate by means of four brass split nuts, the topmost one being slightly smaller than the remaining three. Split nuts are notoriously difficult to remove on old saws, partly because they are made of brass and partly because after securing them in place, the craftsmen would draw-file the nuts to be flush with the handle.
If I was to try to remove them and one of them broke off, the chances of finding a matching replacement would be slim to none and I would have to get the existing one silver soldered. Also, it is not uncommon for small chips of wood to break off around the nuts as they are rotated.
Since these split nuts show no signs of ever having been removed and the handle is still securely fitted to the plate, I will not be attempting to remove them in order to clean the saw plate. The dark diagonal mark above the medallion is the name stamp of a previous owner.
It also appears faintly on the other side of the handle.