This saw belonged to my father and possibly his father who was a full-time carpenter. It dates back to at least WW2. My father worked with his father for a while after the war, before going to college. The handle seems to be hand made or else it’s just really beat up. Probably just beat up.
I want to refinish the blade (it’s still sharp enough for my purposes) and also the handle. I’ve sanded it down to this point (still wet from wiping off the sanding dust). If I sand any more to remove all of the nicks I think I will have to take off too much wood that it would kill the character of the handle. So I think I will do a little more sanding and apply a dark stain like the original. This will be a slow project as I will be working on it while glue or finish is drying on other projects.
-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---