A couple of months ago I bought two saws on ebay – a tenon saw and a panel saw. Although both are straight, free of rust, and have no teeth missing I was disappointed with them, – they were useless at sawing through wood. So I have followed these posts with interest, and had nearly persuaded myself that I “needed” a Thomas Flinn saw.
A week ago I realised that as the two saws were of no use I might as well try to sharpen them. After about an hour filing the teeth as Paul had shown me I have two excellent saws!
The pleasure I had from improving those saws myself now makes them special, – they have something that a new expensive saw would not have.