A while back one of the board members of the Carpenters Fellowship asked me to re-tooth a Thomas Flinn & Co saw, changing it from cross cut to large graduated rip.
Well the saw has finally got to the top of the pile so I spent a couple of hours on the saw today.
For me the handle is only marginally better than the plastic handle throw away saws. On the plus side they can be re-shaped, rounded and made more comfortable, but you still have a handle that a gorilla with and extra finger could hold.
The picture to the left shows the handle in comparison with one of my favorite 19th C handles.
One thing I should say, is that these saws are very cheap for a re-sharpenable saw, so I suppose you get what you pay for.
Right, that's the end of my critisism of another saw maker, lets get to work...
I number the saw-nuts and note their location in the handle, ready for replacing later.
This isn't really needed on a new saw like this, but it's best to keep in the habit. When your restoring an old saw the saw-nuts like to go back into the original holes, and don't normally sit right if you've moved them around.