Another Yard Sale Score

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 10-07-2015 01:29 PM 1251 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once again, the handsawgeek went a-rust hunting this past weekend, and found another item to check off of the hand tool ‘acquisition list’ – a draw knife. This one was manufactured by P.S. & W. Co., and is in excellent shape. The blade has no nicks or rust to speak of, and the handles are intact and firmly attached. A good sharpening , and this baby is ready to (learn how to) use.

Of, course, this means I am naturally compelled to add a shave horse to the list of pending shop projects.

I also came away with an old, but never-used triangle file. Good thing because there are more hand saws hanging in the shop waiting to be sharpened.

The last item is a nice razor saw that has seen little or no use. These are a good thing to have if one makes a lot of projects out of small parts. A good razor saw is the go-to tool for precision cutting small diameter dowels and thin wood pieces – perfect for the toy-maker in all of us!

All of this was procured with the miniscule sum of 20 bucks. The purveyor of yard-sale goods even threw in a small canvas tote holding a random assortment of hardware – for free.

Since a great deal of recent shop time has been spent in doing major sorting and organizing of the handsawgeek hardware system, I really needed more hardware like Custer needed more…well, you know the story.

What the Heck. Free is free.

-- Ed

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#1 posted 10-07-2015 01:52 PM

Nice find…


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#2 posted 10-07-2015 02:12 PM

Nice score, Ed! The draw knife looks to be in great shape. I hadn’t heard of a razor saw, before. Both the draw knife and the saw would fit in my miniature tool collection, so now I have to find similar! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 10-08-2015 01:30 PM

A razor saw is a miniature back saw, used mostly in the model hobby circles, but equally at home in any wood shop. The blades are very thin, typically around 32 TPI with no set. Blades are designed to be disposable /replaceable when they wear out or become dull.
I used to use one a lot back in the days when I was building scale model rockets. I even had a miniature plastic miter box to go with it! Razor saws are easy to find. X-acto makes razor saw blades that fit their larger knife handles. These can be purchase at any of the hobby big box stores or at model hobby shops.

A good brand to pick up is Zona

In his May 11, 2009 Lost Art Press Blog Cristopher Schwartz wrote, “All I know is that they can take away my Zona Razor Saw from my cold, dead hands. Or they can take it when it’s kinked – whichever comes first.”

The one I picked up at the yard sale has no maker’s mark on it, so I’m not certain what replacement blades it takes. The blade is attached to the handle with a knurled nut.

-- Ed

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#4 posted 10-08-2015 01:34 PM

That’s a real nice score. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 10-08-2015 02:16 PM

Thanks for the info, Ed. I have been looking for one, just didn’t know it had a name!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 10-08-2015 05:56 PM

I just did a little internet sleuthing on the drawknife. Apparently, this one predates 1914 in that the company (Peck, Stow, and Wilcox) started using the PEXTO in oval logo that year. Starting in 1947, a plain PEXTO logo appeared on their tools. The company was bought out in 1950. Judging from this, my drawknife dates anywhere from 1870 -1914. Cool stuff to know!

-- Ed

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#7 posted 10-08-2015 08:10 PM

The razor saw should be a common item in hobby store that sells RC airplane/boat kits. I didn’t know they are call razor saw. It’s nice to know. I used couple of these extensively while building a doll house that my wife had con me into building. They work great along with a small miter box/block to trim small stuff.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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