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Thread: Nice little saw

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Central NY State

    Nice little saw

    So I was on the prowl this early morning looking for a tool to rescue, and this followed me home.

    It is a 12" Bigelow & Dowse backsaw. I didn't know much about it, but I know a bit more now. Bigelow & Dowse were in business in Boston starting in 1884. I don't know when they closed their doors. The saw looks late 19th, or early 20th century.

    I cleaned it up, a quick sharpening with an XXS file, some BLO and wax, and she's ready for another 100 years.

    I didn't take any before photos, but here are the after:

    the cut edge in pine:

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    It's a beaut!
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    i see you still got them sockets and a nice new old saw
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Santa Claus, In
    Ken, you should load up that little car and drive down this way. Saws are everywhere.

    Nice find by the way.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Central NY State
    Larry, you are eagle eyed, as usual. Yup still have the sockets, will donate them to my son's Baja team, he says they always can use extra sockets.

    Steve, well, you never know where I'll turn up. I'd love to meet you in person.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Cape Cod, Ma.
    Very nice find!

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