Old warrented superior saw American made?

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Forum topic by Apprentice_Mechanic posted 12-07-2015 04:55 PM 445 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2015 04:55 PM

I bought this saw for $5 at a garage sale
I wasn’t sure what it was so I went to the Redlands museum and I was told it’s roughly 1920’s warrented superior rip saw, American made
I just wanted to know if this saw is worth anything or if it has any sought of value or collectable value?

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 05:06 PM

A saw that old probably has some collectible value, but probably no longer usable. The steel loses its temper and won’t hold a set. Holding the saw by its handle, “knock” the blade with your knuckle. If it has a ring to it, the temper is still good and could be sharpened, after cleaning it of course. If the sound is a dull thud, the temper is gone and can’t be sharpened.

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#2 posted 12-07-2015 05:09 PM

The upper horn is broken off as well. Its probably worth about what ya paid for it. If you’ve never rehabbed a saw or sharpened one, this is a good starting point for ya.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 12-07-2015 05:10 PM

Of course, if the blade has lost its temper, you can always ask it to just calm down…


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 12-08-2015 02:41 AM

So would it be worth restoring and using again if the blade still has it’s temper?
If the temper has gone and by knocking on the blade makes a dull noise could you still clean the blade up and sharpen the teeth just for presentation?
Cheers Duncan

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#5 posted 12-08-2015 02:38 PM

It’s your saw do what you want with it. I would do as Stef suggests use it as practice. Clean it up derust it, repair the handle then decide if you want to sharpen it and use it or display.

I have rehabbed a couple of saws. It is fun to do and you end up with something you can use with pride. steel with no temper will still take an edge and cut just won’t hold the edge as long.

You might visit this forum. There is quite a bit of info on handsaws and rehabbing.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 12-08-2015 02:59 PM

Good one Herb!

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