I picked this up at the weekend at my local car boot sale. It’s about 4′ long and made by Taylor brothers of Sheffield. There’s next to no work needs doing on it, just a little surface corrosion and I’ll probably refinish the handle.
The reason I’m posting this, apart from gloating of course, is the fantastic etching that was hidden under the surface rust. Nobody else in the house quite appreciates my excitement so I’m sharing it here instead.
Machine Ground TAYLOR BROTHERS Best Cast Steel
Thin to Back Warranted
ADVANTAGES OF THIS SAW
Great saving of files, Effectively prevents expansion, Half the amount of filing saved, Liability to fracture done away with, Keeps the teeth of uniform size, Serves as a guide to the filer, Perforations cut out bulk of what is generally filed away, Frequent regulleting saved, GREAT ECONOMY IN HAND LABOUR.
I have never owned such an educational saw. Sadly it is not likely to see much more than occasional use in the city, though I will return it to working order. Between logs it will look very nice on the wall.
Anyone have any advice on how to sharpen it? I swear someone else posted a topic about a couple of big saws a few days back but I just can’t find it, if someone could push me in the right direction I’d be grateful.
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Matt, there’s a guy on YouTube called Wranglerstar who has some videos on sharpening large crosscut saws. The saws might be big two-man saws, but there may be something that can help you. Just do a quick search on his channel and a few things will come up.
Matt, the book “Handsaw Essentials” by Chris Schwartz, includes some examples of filing large timber saws in it’s last chapter. It is a re-print of an 1869 book on saw filing. If you have access to either book it might be of some help. Nice job on the saw.
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