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Posted on Hand saw guys, I need a little help!

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#1 posted 09-13-2013 07:06 PM

Yeah the Simonds is a 5-1/2 which I’m assuming is a rip saw, but the teeth are ground more like I’d expect on a crosscut.

The D8 Disston would probably be my next cleanup. I measured the PPI and it’s apparently an 8. It has a crack in the handle running from the lower right bolt to the pointy cutout area of the grip. Doesn’t look bad and it’s not open, but I can see it lurking there. Between the D8 and the D20, the D8 saw plate is straightest. I can see one slight departure when I turn it teeth up and sight down the line. I’ve gotten it nearly perfect by simply flexing the saw a few times.

The D20 might be a tosser. I knew they were tapered a lot, but this one struck me as being pretty narrow at the toe. Upon a really quick cleanup I can see it’s been reground so many times, half of the etch is gone. It also has the wonkiest plate and at least 2 cracks in the handle.. So maybe that’s my “practice saw”. I can get the hang of straightening the blade and maybe use it to practice sharpening (once I buy some saw files)

I called a couple places regarding getting the Simonds sharpened. Mostly I got “I can’t do it. My machine only goes down to 7.”
Haven’t come across anyone that does it for “hobby money” so…. I might be learning how to hand sharpen a saw. :)

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