This is what I would consider the very first "decent" backsaw I have ever owned.
I feel like this saw is an extension of my hand when I use it.
I got it from Mark Harrell at BadAxe Toolworks. It is a Spear & Jackson 10" backsaw with a steel spine that I use for dovetailing. It is hard to tell from the photo (which is actually a scan), but the saw plate is shiny and new. At least it was in 2010. Mark put a brand new saw plate on this old saw. It definitely makes a sweet user. I don't know much about the dating of S&J saws. Perhaps someone out there knows when this beauty was built?
I've recently bought a bunch of used backsaws from eBay, with the intention of learning how to rehab them. Over the weekend I spent some time following the links around on the Old Ladies blog, and I think that I am ready to try making a new saw handle. While I'm at it, I should finally get around to repairing the chipped bits on this one.
Here are a couple of shots of this saw handle that one should be able to print out and use as a template. The lines in the photos are one inch squares. You should double check before you start that the template printed exactly the way you want. Enjoy!