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06-27-2015 10:14 PM

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Hi, I picked up this saw the other day and would appreciate any help in identifying the purpose for which it was originally intended. The blade is 10 inches long and it has 6ppi. There aren’t any makers marks on the blade or on the handle.
Any suggestions appreciated.


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#1 posted 06-27-2015 10:23 PM

A good sheet rock saw, if I had to take a guess. The blunt nose is a little unusual for a keyhole.

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#2 posted 06-27-2015 10:31 PM

+1 what timbertailor said. At 6tpi it seems aggressive for anything for anything other than rock. As a side note, that’s the sexiest rock saw I have ever seen.

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#3 posted 06-27-2015 10:35 PM

Could be that someone broke the tip off a sheetrock saw and they made a new handle for it?

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#4 posted 06-27-2015 10:43 PM

Pruning saw?

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#5 posted 06-27-2015 10:54 PM

I’m no expert, but from the handle, and the split nuts in brass, I would guess that it is an old saw and a quality saw. Appears to be an older compass saw that perhaps the blade has been shortened? Just a guess.
Roger

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#6 posted 06-27-2015 11:10 PM

I think back in the day they were called compass saw. My dad had one but never saw him use it.

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#7 posted 06-27-2015 11:32 PM

All the sheet rock saw I have used or seen have some kind of point on the end for starting hole or cuts in the field of the sheet. I don’t think it’s a rock saw.

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#8 posted 06-27-2015 11:43 PM

I’m with Roger. 6ppi is pretty aggressive for a keyhole/compass saw, but I think I have a couple near that ppi.

It’s a very nice handle, often the horns are broken off or chipped.

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#9 posted 06-28-2015 12:04 AM

Pruning, Gardeners saw

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#10 posted 06-28-2015 05:21 PM

That handle, if original for that saw, is much too fancy for drywall saw. The teeth are not those of a pruning saw. My guess would be: Someone married an old handle with a drywall saw that had a broken off tip.

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#11 posted 06-29-2015 07:32 AM

Thanks for all your suggestions. I’m sure it’s quite old and the handle is really comfortable to hold. It will have a place in my collection.
Jim

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#12 posted 06-29-2015 09:13 AM

I think it’s Pruning saw!

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#13 posted 06-29-2015 04:58 PM

I believe most pruning saw have “pull teeth” rather than “push teeth”... at least any of the 5 or 6 I’ve owned over the years have.

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#14 posted 06-29-2015 05:05 PM

I am pretty sure I have the exact same saw at home, that was given to me from my grandpa. I will take a look and see when I am home tonight.

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#15 posted 06-29-2015 05:32 PM


Hi, I picked up this saw the other day and would appreciate any help in identifying the purpose for which it was originally intended. The blade is 10 inches long and it has 6ppi. There aren t any makers marks on the blade or on the handle.
Any suggestions appreciated.
- Jim Rowe

Any suggestions…?
I don’t know what you have…but the shapeliness of the handle and the split nut fasteners makes me doubt both drywall and pruning.
I’d suggest that you carefully examine the tip/toe of the blade for evidence of filing or grinding. And if you took the handle off the blade you may find some markings or evidence that the handle did or did not originate with that blade.
chuck

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