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Forum topic by Grasshopper000 posted 07-16-2014 01:21 AM 433 views 2 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Grasshopper000

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07-16-2014 01:21 AM

Hey folks, beginning my way into the world of handsaws. I posted earlier and got some good replies. This time I’m asking about books and other resources (web) on the subject. Any dedicated books on the subject other than Handsaw Essentials by Schwartz? Is it worth getting? I’ve found tons of sites with great info but really wanting to hear about books and whether anyone can comment about Handsaw Essentials and whether at over $30 it’s worth the cash. Thanks.


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#1 posted 07-16-2014 01:33 AM

IMO jock summerfi tends to be one of the top resources on here regarding handsaws.

He did a great rehab of a saw for me over the winter.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#2 posted 07-16-2014 02:04 AM

+1 for summerfi.

If you have the time and hankering to do come join the saw swap meet.

All are welcomed:

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/61364

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#3 posted 07-16-2014 03:58 AM

Thanks for the vote of confidence guys.

Grasshopper, the Internet is by far going to be your best resource on saws. There’s a ton of very helpful and interesting stuff on there. There aren’t many books on the topic, aside from a few vintage books on sharpening. A couple books I use, but they’re more useful for collectors, are Hand-Saw Makers of North America by Schaffer and Hand-Saw Makers of Britain by Schaffer and McConnell.

There are some good resources right here on LJ, including DonW’s Hand Saw Restore References and Brit’s Saw Talk series. I think you’ve already found the saw thread, and that is an excellent resource too.

This list of online saw literature from Backsaw.net may also be helpful, though some of the links are now obsolete.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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#4 posted 07-16-2014 10:40 AM

Summerfi and others, thanks for the replies. So, if I wanted to get a hard copy of Hand Saw Makers of North America, any suggestions on where to find it? I Found the Britain book at vintagesaws.com, but they only have a digital copy of the North America book, and on Amazon it’s like $139? Crazy, must be out of print.

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#5 posted 07-16-2014 02:34 PM

You can get it here for $30 with free shipping.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hand-Saw-Makers-of-North-America-by-Erv-Schaffer-/180551795369

I should tell you though that both the Hand-Saw Makers books are simply a list of makers with dates and locations. There is no actual information on the saws, their saw making process, and no pictures. That’s why they are primarily a collector’s resource.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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#6 posted 07-16-2014 02:52 PM

There’s a lot of good reading at some of the following sites:

www.thesawblog.com – Matt Cianci
http://www.blackburntools.com/blog/ – Blackburn tools
www.tgiag.com – Two guys in a garage

-- "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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#7 posted 07-16-2014 02:57 PM

Thanks summerfi. I saw that but it’s an ebook, not a hard copy. Thanks for telling me also what’s in it. May hold off

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#8 posted 07-16-2014 05:02 PM

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#9 posted 07-17-2014 12:42 AM

I’ve amassed quite a number of vintage books and manuals on saws I downloaded when I came across them on the internet. Unfortunately it can be hard to find a link again, but I think I found some of them. Here’s a link where you can download a copy of a Simonds how to file a handsaw manual:
http://www.wkfinetools.com/hus-saws/simonds/pubs/1916-HowToFile/1916-HowToFile.asp

And here is a link to a number of tool books and articles.
http://toolemera.com/Books%20%26%20Booklets/library-sharpeni.html
The art of saw filing is good
Hand Saws, their use care and abuse by Hodgson I haven’t read, but it’s a complete vintage book you can download

Here are some more links. Some you can download, and as it mentions in the description, you can go to the internet archive or google books to download versions that you can’t download from here:
http://www.wkfinetools.com/z_catalogs/catalogsmanuals.asp

The “disston saw file tool Manual” is pretty good. A lot of those manuals contain good instructional information.

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#10 posted 07-17-2014 02:21 AM

Tim, thanks a lot, great resources.

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#11 posted 07-17-2014 05:29 PM

Sure, no problem. Between what’s here and other internet sources you should be in good shape.

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