21 November 2014 at 1:42 am #121254
I purchased this little gem and started cleaning it with no real hope of seeing any remains of the plate etching. The brass screws on the handle were enough to convince me to spend the $9.97 it cost. To my surprise and added frustration, the etch is partially visible still. I’ve carefully sanded with 600 grit wet paper while wearing a magnifying lens to watch for my progress. I can make out a horse shoe around a number that looks like 113, but I’m far from certain. I see remnants of Spring Steel and an elaborate “Gold” to the right of the horseshoe. Any assistance would be much appreciated! I like the saw and intend to sharpen it as soon as I can find the confidence to try a cross cut pattern.
Thanks for any help!
BillW21 November 2014 at 2:29 am #121260
Well, first suggestion I have is to check with Neanderthal Haven on Sawmillcreek.org forum
That place seems to have the highest ratio of hand tool nerds to normal people that I have found.
The words in the etch that I can make out are: “Good As Gold To All Who Try It”.
Hard to know who made it. Any big name maker would likely have put his name on a medallion or had a Warranted Superior medallion with a logo of some kind.
However, don’t let any of this detract you from sharpening it and making big bits of wood into smaller bits.
Near Chicago, USA21 November 2014 at 2:33 am #121261
..also. I think the word “as” in “good as gold” is in the horseshoe, not a 113. Seems logical to me. Just worn away.
Regarding sharpening: I’d suggest just doing it rip and seeing how you like it. You can do a crosscut afterwards if you like.
I have 5 saws I’ve settled on permanently for the time being: a 26″ 5-1/2ppi rip, a 26″ 7ppi rip, an 18″ 10ppi panel rip, a 20″ 12ppi panel rip and a 26″ 9 ppi crosscut.
If the teeth are small enough, you should be OK doing it rip. It works for me.
Near Chicago, USA21 November 2014 at 2:37 am #121262
I’ve restored a Disston #12 to a nice rip. It works very well. This one is set to cross cut and I’m up for the challenge.
Thanks for your eyes! I think you’re right!21 November 2014 at 2:46 am #121263
Some searching on the google tells me it may read “Good luck to all who try me”.
Also, it may be a Shapleigh. You can make out a “SHA” kind of over the word “Good”.
Near Chicago, USA21 November 2014 at 5:20 am #121277Frank JosephParticipant
Take some metal filings put the filings in a little lite oil on the etch. Put the strongest magnet you have under the plate and slide it around some the etch should show. It doesn’t always work but it often will
In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.22 November 2014 at 12:45 pm #121341chemical_cakeParticipant
Oh good, I love a good tool detective post.
I’m afraid I can’t help with the maker. It definitely says “Good as Gold…”, rather than “…luck…”, that much is clear from the photos. I believe it’s “to all who try ME” rather than IT, the spacing’s off for the latter. I think I see a “WAR…” just below the gold, it’s not a great leap to assume it’s the start of “WARRANTED”. I don’t see the “spring” myself, but it looks like it would fill the space neatly on the same arc as “STEEL”. There may also be a couple more letters, which look like “EP” to me, directly above the G in “Gold”.
It’s a great looking saw, but those teeth are a mess! I think you’ve discovered an experimental new tooth profile that didn’t quite catch on…
Southampton, UK23 November 2014 at 3:56 pm #121366
Spr right above the od in Good.
I’ll try that magnet trick! Thanks11 January 2015 at 8:46 pm #123404BillSParticipant
I went looking to see what I could find on this as I like a good challenge. From what I can find I think this might be a Harvey W. Peace “Good As Gold” Saw.
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