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Forum topic by MrRon posted 07-12-2011 05:30 PM 1712 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-12-2011 05:30 PM

I have two old handsaws made by Stanley. They are 8 point xcut, have four screw posts and a metal logo with the Stanley name stamped on it. They look very much like a Disston saw as far as quality goes. Are these saws worth restoring even though they are not Disstons or Atkins? Stanley was noted for making good tools, like planes, screwdrivers and chisels. Would handsaws fall in their “good” catagory?

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#1 posted 07-12-2011 06:12 PM

If nothing else, restoring them would be a good learning experience.

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#2 posted 07-12-2011 07:00 PM

“Are these saws worth restoring”. What is your definition of “worth restoring”. Even some of the Disston were relatively inexpensive saws. I agree with wayne. I’ve got a box load of saws and another box load of saws I plan to restore as I have time. My only stipulation is, if it has a plastic handle, maybe not.

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 07:10 PM

If paste wax and brass polish is restoring then there is very little time involved,then you may be able read more etching on the saws. I didn’t know I had a Disston till i polished mine up. Regards Gary

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 07:14 PM

Don- Funny you mention plastic handle. I have an older Atkins saw with a plastic handle and I have debated for months whether or not to clean and tune it.

MrRon- I don’t ever recall ever reading anything that praised Stanley handsaws so I doubt they were known for making a top quality hand saw. However that does not mean they are not worth restoring. If you can sharpen them correctly then that would be the determining factor.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 07-23-2011 04:26 PM

The reason why I ask is, I don’t intend to use them to saw wood; maybe just display them.

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