Thanks guys for the nice comments. I did end up giving this saw away, to a family friend who happens to be a carpenter and truly appreciated the saw...for its small fine details, and for the work that went into it.
As for your sage advice Paul, you probably would be happy to learn that I started my next project and intend to do the same sort of thing. Its actually a pretty simple tool, a slitting tool. I decided I needed one when I cut the felting on the presentation saw backing board.
The slitting saw has only one feature that is prominent and that is a cutter. The versions I see are like the Lie Nielsen nickers on the LN #140. Even when I machined these at Lie Nielsen I thought the design was lousy. First off, the nicker is hard to adjust to any sort of depth. It is either not engaged or engaged 100%. The second issue I have is that the knicker is custom made and a replacement blade has to be purchased. This is silly when most of us woodworkers buy ultra sharp utility blades by the 100 pack. What if the slitter had an tool-free change mechanism and used utility knife blades that was adjustable to a thousandths of an inch?
Stayed tuned for my next project.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"