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Beardshaw & Son: Sash Saw - Steel Back, 14 inch long by Mari Subritzky

The Beardshaw & Son was one of the largest and long-lived company involved in production of saw and various other edge tools.

They also made saws for others, including tool dealers as well as other Sheffield sawmakers. This function was called "factoring" in Sheffield parlance. The company was an early exporter of saws to US and Canada.


New Life for an Old Knife and More by Mike Hagemyer

Here is a recent junk store find that I hope will restore to a usable tool. It is for sure a bit rusty right now but it has a nice shape with plenty of blade left. In this state it looks unmarked and old. It is obviously hand forged with no frills.

The handle tangs are squared and tapered. The handles are a little loose but still in fairly good shape.

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Two Small Precision Planes by James E. Price

I don't have a story to go with these planes other than I made them six years ago.

I needed some precision planes, bigger than violin thumb planes but smaller than most manufactured planes, so I came up with designs for planes at the scale I needed. The soles on these planes are two inches in length. The top one in the first photo is convex from side to side ...

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Scythe Making at Abbeydale by Geoffrey Tweedale

If one wants to discover the roots of Sheffield’s tool industry, then – paradoxically – it is best to ignore inner city Sheffield and instead head for the countryside.

Around Sheffield is some of the country’s most beautiful scenery: a hilly and wooded landscape, riven by numerous streams and dotted with picturesque old buildings.

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Two Small Planes by James E. Price

These photos show two planes I made at the same time I made the planes in my last post.

The top one is actually a little jointer plane that I use to make perfect edges on little boards for tool cases. I find that it works for me better than a Stanley block plane which is much bigger. The inlays in the cherry stocks for these two planes are made from ebony.

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Atkins Silver Steel Saws - Saw Sense - E. C. Atkins & Co., Inc., ca. 1930

THE SAW - The Most Important Tool in the Carpenter’s Kit.

In order to do the best work with the least exertion, your saw must be made of the proper material and scientifically constructed. Atkins Silver Steel Saws have marked an epoch in the history of the saw. They are not only made of the very best material, ...

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Handbook on Saws - Henry Disston & Sons, Inc., 1912

 In their 1912 Handbook on Saws the company writes:

The numerous requests for information, particularly concerning Handsaws, various Tools and Files, etc., from those not interested in the larger Saws, Band and Circular, and Tools for the Saw Mill, led us to publish this portion of our regular Handbook.

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Early 1850s Backsaw with Triple-Cove Handle by H. Disston

Majority of backsaws with triple-cove handle found today are known as an early creations of Henry Disston. Most were manufactured in late 1840's and early 1850s. 

This particular saw is even more valuable to collectors - it has a double-eagle stamp on the spine. These saws are rather rare and not many have survived.

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Lignum Vitae Planes by by James E. Price

Recently I purchased a Lignum vitae handled smooth plane to use with two others I had found a decade apart.

I have never understood why such quality planes do not demand a high price on the old tool market.

A month ago I paid $10.00 for the handled smoother at auction.

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Straightening Bent, Kinked and Bowed Handsaws by Mike Hagemyer

In the course of recovering old handsaws I have run onto many that have suffered bending damage of different degrees and some that I should have avoided but didn’t.

Today I will usually walk away from a saw that is badly bent up unless the price is awful low or the saw is special.

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Things worth Knowing About Files and Rasps by E. H. Darville, 1916

The purposes for which files and rasps may be used are legion, yet the principal file makers are prepared to make, in addition to regular goods, anything in steel files for use in any industry, regardless of shape, cut, grade of steel or...

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Tusk Tenons… How Strong Are They? by Will Myers

One of the questions most often asked about the Moravian workbench I wrote about a few years back, concerns the tusk tenons (aka keyed tenons) that are the backbone of the design.

The tusk tenons on the bench I built over four years ago have performed flawlessly. That bench is still the one I use primarily, it travels...

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Gabon Ebony and English Boxwood Razee Jack-part 2 by Jim Hendricks

Having tuned the iron pocket, bed, and wedge I now had to cut a sliding dovetail for the handle. I am terrified... yes I sure am.

One slip now and a week and a lot of money down the tubes. A test dovetail was made using a test handle in apple. The only problem...

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