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278537 Joshua Clark <jclark@h...> 2024‑06‑18 Re: Purchased this saw
This thread is bothering me because I've seen this saw before, but I can't
recall who made it.

I don't think it's a pruning saw.  First, the handle is all wrong. Pruning
saw handles were sized to be used with a gloved hand.

The teeth are also all wrong. They do look a little like those on the
pruning saw Paul posted, but there are differences. Pruning saws (and most
one- and two-man crosscut saws) are designed to cut on the pull and push
strokes. That's why the rakers have both backward and forward facing faces.
The saw OP posted only cuts on the push stroke. If you look carefully at
the last photo in the eBay listing Kirk linked to, you can clearly see the
tooth pattern, including the fleam angles on the cutting teeth.

It's not one of the usual suspects with non-standard teeth. We can rule out
the Disston D-17, Atkins Universal saws, and the Boynton lightning. OP's
saw is also much too late to be most of those options anyway.

The steeply angled gullets are the defining feature here. Chip clearance is
the factor that slows down handsaws. Big gullets can clear chips faster.
There are a number of patents out there that seek to fix this problem. A
good example is Hazard Knowles's Aug 7, 1850 patent, which has similar
gullets. There are good reasons that none of these designs are still made
today- they are a pain to sharpen, they make the plate and teeth more
fragile and, frankly, the standard tooth designs work very well.

I still want to know who made this saw. It's bothering me.

Josh

On Tue, Jun 18, 2024 at 12:44 PM PSHONORE via groups.io  wrote:

Recent Bios FAQ