Aha! handsaw nib usage revealed

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Blog entry by Sylvain posted 04-05-2014 10:31 AM 1548 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Look at the video in this post :

between 47” and 57”

The nib is used to start a cut.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#1 posted 04-05-2014 12:03 PM

Never actually seen that done…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 03:06 PM

I guess that’s why so many nibs are broken off. Here’s a better explanation of the purpose of the nib.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 01-11-2018 10:40 PM

The nib is a sadistic 17th century contrivance to drive future generations of woodworkers insane.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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