- 4 October 2019 at 11:29 am #614775Josh BennettsParticipant
Hello everybody, I recently found this old saw and was wondering if anybody had some information about it.
I plan to restore it in the winter months.
You must be logged in to access attached files.13 October 2019 at 1:05 am #617428AlanParticipant
It’s a fairly common Spear & Jackson.
Mid 1950’s – Mid 1960’s.
The last of the UK mass-produced wooden-handled Sheffield-steel saws, before saw manufacturing went downhill. A middle market saw. Not as highly regarded or collectable as some, but much better than the plastic handled or throw-away saws which came later. You’ll be able to resharpen it and have a perfectly good saw for years to come.
I own three, all about 1963-1967.
Your contoured handle recess was later changed for a straighter shape.
S&J Medallions were replaced with a sticky label.
Some had embossed lettering on the handle.
Your saw nuts are probably one-way push-fit rivets. Don’t try to remove them. It’ll destroy the wood and/or rivet. You can sometimes tap them tighter if they’re loose. Use a wooden dowell on both sides to prevent maring the rivet.
The medallion is probably the screw-in type. Go gently. The threads are fine and fragile and they’re often rusted underneath. I removed my medallions, sanded around the rivets, then refinished the handles.
I also removed the sharp edges with a spokeshave & file to make the handle more comfortable.
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