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12-28-2016 07:50 PM

Hello,

I’m a student from Slovenia and I’m new here so if posted in wrong section or anything else please correct me.
I bought this 22” handsaw and I am a little bit concerned about the blade width – it is almost the same same as the height of the handle. Will there be enough material om the blade to resharpen the saw without bitting in the handle (see the red exclamation mark on the picture)?

Does anyone know why is the blade so narrow (I’m guessing it is worn out or it was manufactured like that but in that case I dont know what is the advantage over wider blades).

Kind regards,
Nik


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#1 posted 12-28-2016 08:50 PM

It’s just been sharpened so many times there isn’t as much left. Don’t sharpen where you would run into the handle, that part isn’t much good for sawing anyway since the handle would hit the workpiece. If you wanted to make it look nicer with a straight tooth line, remove the handle and joint and sharpen it then replace the handle. Otherwise I’ve seen saws with one or more steps in them. Also that end part looks like it would bend so easily that it wouldn’t work very well, so you may want to shorten it a bit and just have a small panel saw.

What brand is it, a close up of the medallion might be interesting.

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#2 posted 12-28-2016 09:11 PM

Ok it makes sense, I really couldn’t figure out how can such a narrow blade do any good. What exactly do you mean with “remove the handle and joint...”?
Yes that was one idea that passed my mind. After cutting the end I would probbably get a pretty nice 20” or 18” panel saw.

Does the wider blade helps to straight more easily or what is the point of having a wider blade?

Medallion on the saw:

With the help of the guide on this site I think that it matches the one the bottom rigt corner but I’m not sure about the manufacturer though:

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#3 posted 12-28-2016 09:25 PM



Ok it makes sense, I really couldn t figure out how can such a narrow blade do any good. What exactly do you mean with “remove the handle and joint...”?
- bluenik

I was suggesting unscrew the screws and take the handle off to sharpen the blade then you won’t damage the handle with the saw file. Jointing a hand saw means to take a flat file along the length of the saw teeth so they are all at the same level and cut wood evenly.
For a very thorough explanation, watch this video by an LJ:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-_MF2Mnxwc


Does the wider blade helps to straight more easily or what is the point of having a wider blade?
- bluenik

Well with a wider blade you can saw all the way up to under the handle a little if you need to. That and you have more left to sharpen so the saw has more life left in it.

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#4 posted 12-28-2016 09:47 PM

Great I understand it now. When I first read it I was a little bit confused beacuse right after it was written “replace the handle”.
I already watched a couple videos on sharpening, but this one looks very detailed and nice put together. Thanks for the link!

It’s my first handsaw and I don’t have a feeling about how much material does sharpening take off. But judging by common sense and the videos I would say that you must sharpen quite a few times befor you visibly narrow the blade? And a sharp blade should last quite some time. Or am I wrong?

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#5 posted 12-28-2016 10:01 PM

Hi Nik, welcome to the site. From the medallion it looks like your saw was of British origin. Tim’s suggestions are all good ones. Having a wider saw plate adds weight to the saw, which is an advantage in making a cut. It also makes a saw less susceptible to kinking while cutting, so I think trimming your saw back to 18” would be good. Come and visit us on the saw thread and you’ll learn lots of new things about hand saws.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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