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Blog entry by summerfi posted 04-05-2014 12:33 AM 1364 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Funny Things Seen While Looking For Saws On Ebay

I buy, restore, collect, and sell hand saws. As part of this hobby, I watch ebay closely for good saw deals. Occasionally I come across things that are just too funny to not record. I thought I’d share some of the better ones with you. I have a bunch more, and I’ll continue adding to this “collection” as I see new ones.
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19C MEDICAL SURGICAL AMPUTATION “BONE” SAW.

Bidding starts at $450

Seller said: With original wooden handle and unmistakable shape! This saw was probably once used on the battlefield or in a hospital to spare the misery of the wounded. The saw is in very good condition. Has nothing broken or loose.

My comment: This looks amazingly like a common run of the mill backsaw. Good condition? How about the badly pitted plate. Nothing broken? Did you look at the handle? At that price I’ll take a dozen.

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ANTIQUE TWO HANDLE CARPENTRY WOODWORKING SAW W/ 7 1/2” BLADE AND WOODEN HANDLES

Bidding starts at $29.00

Seller said: The title says it all.

My comment: Ummmm….I don’t believe that’s a saw.

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VINTAGE DISSTON & SONS SAW 9” BLADE

Bidding starts at $0.99

Seller said: It has some minor scuff marks throughout. Over all great collectible saw!

My comment: Where’s the etch? For that matter, where’s the blade?! Minor scuffs are the least of it’s worries.

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VINTAGE DISSTON HAND SAW 5 PPI WOODEN HANDLE GOOD CONDITION

Bidding starts at $8.00

Seller said: Sharp and otherwise good condition.

My comment: Would you define dull please? This saw hasn’t seen a file for at least a generation.

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ANTIQUE SAW STANLEY# 45

Bidding starts at $200

Seller said: Good condition Stanley #45 saw.

My comment: I saw, you saw, we all saw a combination plane.

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VINTAGE SMALL SAW WITH WOOD HANDLE VERY FINE TEETH

Bidding starts at $9.99

Seller said: Nothing. There was no description.

My comment: Have you never heard of a file?


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EARLY ORNATE HAND SAW UNIT

Seller said: Not familiar but sure parts are missing so I’m selling as is as seen.

My comment: At least the seller is honest – they definitely are not familiar with what they are selling.

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VINTAGE UNIQUE DOUBLE TOOTH HAND SAW WARRANTED SUPERIOR

Bidding starts at $25

Seller said: The blade is awesome and easily THE SHARPEST SAW I HAVE EVER SEEN….!!! Unique Double Tooth. The unique blade is worth the price of the saw alone…!!! I am very careful just handling it as I got cut on it several times when cleaning. Teeth are a unique double tooth design and pretty impressive.

My comment: Seller goes on and on about how he has sold hundreds of saws and is a saw expert. I guess it never occurred to him that this is a cheap common saw sharpened by someone who had no clue what they were doing.

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VTG DISSTON 3 1/2 FT. CHAMPION ONE MAN CROSS CUT LOGGING SAW #D-28

Bidding starts at $19.95

Seller said: Blade 24”, Handle 7 1/2” x 5 1/2”, Total Length 27 1/2”

My comment: This is not a logging saw, and 27 ½ inches certainly doesn’t make 3 ½ feet.

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GREAT NEANDERTHAL NOTCH – SAW, STONE AGE MOUSTERIAN FAMOUS PROVENANCE 50.000 BC

Seller said: A fabulous double tool on flat angular flake with a deep small notch at the distal end, and two noses left and right, both with fine use-scars. The right lateral edge has a serrated retouch.

My comment: I’m no expert, but that looks an awful lot like a rock to me.

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DISSTON #8 SAW, MISSTAMPED LOGO

Bidding Starts at $10.00

Seller said: The logo on this saw is too low on the blade. The bottom portion of the logo is off the blade at the teeth.

My comment: While the seller thinks this is a rare mis-stamped saw, the etch is partially in the teeth because the saw has been sharpened so many times that it is worn out

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UNCOMMON H. DISSTON & SON HAND SAW

Bidding Starts at $9.95

Seller said: Here is this uncommon H. Disston & Son hand saw. Is missing a couple of teeth, 3 total.

My comment: There is a lot more missing than 3 teeth. Where is the other half of the blade?

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Disclaimer: The forgoing is not intended to make fun of anyone. But you have to admit, it IS funny! I hope it gave you a chuckle or two.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad



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terryR

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#1 posted 04-05-2014 12:41 AM

Funny stuff, Bob!:)

BTW, I AM an expert, and the neolithic saw is BS! I’ve found better notches in my garden!

Love the combination saws too much…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Slyy

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 12:55 AM

Haha!! This——^^^^ is funny! I figured Terry would chime in about the 50.000 BC retouch distal rock saw blablabla thing!!!

Those are some excellent finds Bob. Not that it’s their fault but it is hilarious to see people who have no clue what an item is, especially when they act like they do.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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ToddJB

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 01:27 AM

Ha. I saw the Early Ornate one as well. I giggled a little. Though it is a sweet looking plane.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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robscastle

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#4 posted 04-05-2014 01:35 AM

Tell them they are dreaming !!!]

As for the saw teeth this means you only ever have to sharpen every alternative one! for a while anyway !!!

-- Regards Robert

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7Footer

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#5 posted 04-05-2014 06:50 AM

That is awesome stuff Bob, got a good laugh at all of them… You should start an “eBay’ers have gone nuts” thread for the forums.

God that is a sweet antique two handle carpentry woodworking saw, and the unique double tooth as well.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." -

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ChuckV

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#6 posted 04-05-2014 11:01 AM

You did a great job with these Bob. That last one still has be chuckling – missing 3 teeth!

Thanks for all the laughs.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 04-05-2014 11:39 AM

great post, thanks Bob!

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

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squaretree

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#8 posted 04-07-2014 12:32 AM

Funny stuff

-- if you can't find me, just follow the extension cord

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