|The Mother Lode|
A while back I went nutso on British eBay, and wound up with a huge stash of old tools. Some fantastic ones, some not so great. I found out that when buying backsaws on eBay, the phrase, "just needs sharpening to be put back to work" means something completely different to me than it does to most sellers.
All kidding aside, once you win the bid, there really is no way to know what you'll get until it shows up. My advice: don't bid much. I think I got all (or most) of these saws for around ten pounds each including shipping (to a local UK address - thanks Travis!).
My intent is to add to the online archive of scanned saw handles for posterity's sake. Feel free to use them as a pattern for making your own saw handles. Check out some other saw handles here. When you print them out, the grid lines are exactly one inch squares on the actual handles. The beauty of computers is this makes it simple to enlarge or reduce the images in size for the exact size you need.
I would love if any readers were able to provide any further information about these saws in the comments.
The first is a fairly unremarkable handle, whose best virtue is the ease in which it can be mass produced. I thought it was a Spears & Jackson, but there is no evidence on the saw to indicate that. The medallion says, "Warrented Superior." Perhaps someone is into restoring old saws for the sake of historical accuracy. However, the saw has a nice, hefty steel back, and a sawplate that is dead straight. This is a good candidate for rehab.
|10" rip, 14 PPI|
|14" rip, 12 PPI|
|10" rip, 16 PPI|
|12" crosscut, 12 PPI with lots of cows and calfs|
|12 1/2" rip, 12 1/2 PPI|