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Spear & Jackson Backsaw Cleanup…

December 12, 2014

Spear & Jackson Backsaw in "As Found" condition...

Spear & Jackson Backsaw in “As Found” condition…

I’ve been working really hard to try and keep my blog posts to a certain length and a limited number of pictures. So when I tackle a project that doesn’t take very long (two hours, tops) but results in lots of pictures and some information I think you might find useful, I’d rather get it put up on WKFineTools.

With that in mind, here is my latest article there, on a Spear & Jackson backsaw I cleaned up last week…

Restoring A Spear & Jackson Backsaw

An added bonus is that we got a good clean shot of a Spear & Jackson logo Wiktor did not have in his database. I like being able to help gather such knowledge.

Spear & Jackson Logo

Spear & Jackson Logo

And, so far, the unclocked saw nut hasn’t bothered me, probably because it was done for the right reasons.

Unclocked saw nuts! Quelle nightmare!

Unclocked saw nuts! Quelle nightmare!

Hope you enjoy it!



4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2014 7:22 pm

    Nice write-up, and some beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!


    • December 12, 2014 10:09 pm

      Ah, thank you, sir!

      I need to pick up a better macro lens for close ups, so I don’t have to rely on zooming and cropping to get a tighter image. Some day.

      It’s funny how breaking down the saw and cleaning it up piece by piece changed my thoughts on it. Believe it or not, it sat in my “Got To Go” box for several months. The last time I went through it (donated some of those tools to Chris Schwarz’s New Woodworker class at Mark Adams next spring), I pulled it out and figured I’d give restoration a go, instead. The more I cleaned it up, the more I realized just how great that handle was and how I’d not seen things like the details in the bevels by the spine on a saw tote before.

      It’s not going anywhere. 🙂

      I wish I was better with using dyes to match color, because I might be more apt to try and repair those chips in the bottom horn. If I decide I want them fixed, maybe it will get sent out to Matt Cianci. But most likely I’ll just use it as-is and save the money and shop time for something else.




      • December 13, 2014 8:58 am

        I’ve never been bothered by chipped horns, myself, especially with a handle as intact as this, but maybe that’s because I’ve never found a saw with that nice a handle!

        I’m curious, having seen that spot of bluing under the handle, did you consider restoring the bluing on the rest of the spine?


      • December 13, 2014 9:56 am

        My first experience with bluing the back seemed to work really well for about six months. Then, for some reason, it all just came off. No idea what I did wrong.

        I’m willing to try it again after I research it a bit more. But my intention here was just to keep the bluing that was what I believe to be original to the saw, so… 170 year old bluing. Figured it was something worth keeping.


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