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Forum topic by rolandstronghammer posted 04-06-2016 01:39 AM 478 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2016 01:39 AM

The handle says Atkins 2. It’s 5ft long with 3” teeth.

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#1 posted 04-06-2016 01:44 AM

Take 220 grit sand paper and sand the middle of either side and one side might tell you. Then if you see an etch carefully sane with 400 grit.

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 07:00 PM

WD40 and green kitchen scrub would clean it up so you could see if there is anything more written on the blade.
It’s a two man crosscut saw like these:

In 2 minutes of looking I cannot find any actual encyclopedic reference, but I my grandpa had one called a misery whip, or whip of misery. I have some vague recollection of some different names of the various kinds based on tooth depth, angle, and curve.

I had a chance to use one before as a boy scout and they are lots of fun if you are paired with a partner of similar ability. Crazy fast cutting for a hand tool.

I’ll just end with this:

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#3 posted 04-09-2016 11:29 PM

220 grit is coarse enough that it could damage the etch if there is one still. Try 600 grit on a sanding block first in about the center of either side to try to see if there is an etch. Then move to 400 before trying 250. Be patient because Atkins etches weren’t always very deep.

Your saw is a felling saw because of the “hollow back” that allows room for a wedge to fit behind the saw to keep the tree from pinching the saw. In the 1894 atkins catalog there are two felling saws listed, with no model number. They are called the Diamond tooth and the Tuttle tooth, but the tooth patters don’t match either of yours since you have 4 cutters per raker. In their “The Farm Workshop” book from 1931 the only felling saw listed is the No 379, but it also doesn’t match your tooth pattern. Also neither catalog lists the #2 handle, but they have just about every other one. Sorry that’s not much help. You may have some luck finding some other Atkins catalogs on the internet if you search for that. It’s also possible you have Atkins handles on another saw.

Keep us posted if you find and etch.

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