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Forum topic by Bundoman posted 01-22-2014 12:29 PM 835 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bundoman

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01-22-2014 12:29 PM

All,

I am not that familiar with handsaws so curious what this size of Atkins saw was primarily designed for. This saw belonged to my grandfather and looks like it will clean up O.K. Dad sent it home with me last fall and it is rusty and crusty but I was able to expose a very light etch with wood block and and sandpaper. I could not get an adequate photo of the etch because it is pretty faded. I was able to determine Atkins as the maker by the etch only as the original medallion and one other bolt are long AWOL. The blade measures about 17 inches in length which makes this a “cute” little devil but I was curious what this little saw’s primary function would have been? In other words, what would this saw be called and what use did it fill? It doesn’t have the most ornate handle leading me to believe it is a little newer vintage of saw but the handle is solid hardwood of some sort. The blade appears to be pretty full and not really pitted. I have not finished the restore on this one due to winter and plan to remove the handle to fully clean the remainder of the blade come warmer weather.

I was able to find a donor medallion and bolt (not pictured) from a very rusted similar but fuller sized Atkins donor saw that I found for 2 bucks at the local antique mall. I don’t know if the medallion I found is of correct vintage, but it did seem to fit O.K. and will serve its purpose for now. Any information folks can afford would be appreciated.


-- Brent


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#1 posted 01-22-2014 01:34 PM

66 maybe.#

It’s just a panel saw, use it anytime you don’t need a full sized saw, or when you can’t fit a larger saw into where you need it. Also good to keep near a bench for general use. Fits in a tool box easier too.

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 01:50 PM

17 is a little odd, may have been shortened from 20.

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 11:41 PM

66 may be correct and the mearurement was a little bit over 17 inches so could be an 18 inch blade by the book entry. Thanks for the information. I plan to learn more on saws but have been prteey busy with planes of recent so appreciate the help.

-- Brent

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#4 posted 01-22-2014 11:42 PM

66 may be correct and the mearurement was a little bit over 17 inches so could be an 18 inch blade by the book entry. Thanks for the information. I plan to learn more on saws but have been a little occupied with planes of recent so appreciate the help.

-- Brent

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