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Around The Coffeepot Ramblings #4: I Know It's a Saw, But What For?

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Blog entry by William posted 08-23-2010 09:26 PM 933 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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JuniorJoiner

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#1 posted 08-23-2010 11:21 PM

not sure , there is something similar used for artic survival . made for sutting ice and hard snow for igloo(not joking) has a similar shape anyway.
good luck identifying.

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 11:21 AM

A gardener’s pruning saw perhaps?

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#3 posted 09-03-2010 12:08 PM

I appreciate both of your answers. I’m still not sure what it is though. I am just curious what it was originally meant for. As stated, it is a saw that cuts on the push stroke. It is old. I think maybe it was home made for some special purpose. If I ever find someone who knows more about it and has a need for it, I am going to give it to them. Sometimes I pick up things like this that I know I have no need for. I figure someone out there does have a need for it, and I hang on to it until I find them. My wife says I’m a packrat. I say I just hate seeing good things going to waste.

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#4 posted 09-08-2010 07:43 PM

I’m afraid all I have is more questison, but the answers might give you a general direction. Hard to tell from the small photos, if you can get bigger ones up here that would help. Here are the questions:

Are there any markings on it at all? Any etch or writing on the blade?
If there are no maker markings on it I would guess it is possibly a user made saw. If there is an etch but it is cut off by either the top or teethed edge, it would indicate it was an old saw plate re-purposed for something else.

Do the teeth follow around that curve? If they do it might be for plunge cuts.

Can you tell if the teeth are filed rip (would look like little chisels) or crosscut (would look like knives or skew chisels)? The grind of the teeth might indicate its purpose.

If the teeth are not all that sharp and there isn’t a lot of wear indicated on the blade it might be for some non-wood cutting like JuniorJoiner suggested.

Are the brass things holding the handle to the blade saw-nuts or rivets? (saw nuts would have a screw slot on at least one side) Saw nuts would indicate a either a production or user made saw while rivets lead more in the direction of production (the average carpenter is less likely to join the handle to a saw with rivets)

Its a good mystery

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William

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 05:56 AM

I got an answer to the saw question today!
My brother stopped by and I thought to show him the saw. He happened to know exactly what it was for because he used to work for the company they were made for.
These saws were a special order for a local company that sells bags of ice. The delivery truck drivers used them to saw built up ice from the insides of the ice freezers at the store.
Thanks for you all trying to help me figure it out.

To answer the questions though, the handle was rivited on. The teeth did go around the curve and wren’t very sharp but it diodn’t look like they were wore down, just not very sharp to begin with. The teeth looked to funny to me because they seemed to have a “rise” on both sides instead of one (I think that makes sense, I don’t know how else to explain it).

Anyway, he used to work for that company delivering ice. It was his first job out of high school. He wanted it so I let him have it. He said he wanted to put it up sort of as a keepsake. I’m glad someone could get some enjoyment out of it. Anything is better than the garbage.

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