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Forum topic by Jim B posted 08-18-2014 01:14 AM 406 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim B

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08-18-2014 01:14 AM

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I picked up this 14” backsaw at a garage sale yesterday, and even though it has a readable etch, I can’t find reference to anything similar online. I believe it says “Cast Steel” and “Warranted” in an arc around the emblem, and “J. B. Bettle” across the center. The J isn’t visible in the photo, but I briefly saw it while cleaning rust off with a razor blade. Apparently I took a few strokes too many because then it disappeared. Haven’t had that happen before. If anyone can help me with an ID I’d really appreciate it. Also, it has a pretty good dent in the plate just to the right of the etch. I’ve never tried to fix something like that before. Any tips?


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#1 posted 08-18-2014 12:11 PM

ask the question over here http://lumberjocks.com/topics/27984

You may have some luck.

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 03:14 AM

Finally figured this one out. The name on the saw is actually J. B. Bettles, and it’s most likely from an old Chicago hardware company. Check out post 7945 in the hand saw genius bar for more details.

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