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Saw blade sharpening/resetting

We have been given my FILs old one of these:

It's a very solid thing, possibly 1960s maybe even older. No flex in the blade and must weigh at least a kilo, unfortunately it's very blunt. I've seen various tutorials on cutting new teeth and resetting but though tempted I would have to have completely lost it to try and fit that into my "to do" list. Is there a place I could send it for resharpening?

There's this lot quite near us.

Thanks, found a couple of firms near us since I posted but they both have minimum order qtys, I guess they're aimed at commercial jobs

unless you have a lot of time technician sharpened is sensible.

thanks, that reminds me to get my two victorian ones done, dad had them fettled when he inherited them, spose it is now my turn. crosscut and rip handsaws for dry timber. iirc they were rather nice when sharp and polished.

when you send it off get the full package of polishing the blade as well as the dentistry Wink

ps day to day sharpening of a properly ground and set blade is fairly easy and quite quick but restoring an old ,neglected hand saw is a bit trickier .

if the blade is still mostly unpitted, strait and flat it will be a simple job for a saw sharpening firm to do the edge

I must check how straight it is

the brass ridge is designed to hold the blade strait but also to be adjustable
by mallet and block.
it can be tweaked to straiten and detwist the blade.
tis a bit skilled but it is a rapid job (ie cheap) if you know how to do it and have a good eye for such things

if there are deformations within the blade (dents or high spots from corrosion) they need separate attention and a realistic attitude to compromises.
Ty Gwyn

An old retired carpenter is what you need to find,they all set and sharpened their own tools back then,

A saw set pliers is easy enough to use,you adjust the pliers to the splay of teeth required.

If all the teeth are visable sharpening is`nt has hard as it looks,its when there are broken teeth and the need to grind off the rest and re-cut teeth it gets to be a specialist job.

I worked in the fencing trade for a good few years and our fencers bought the hard point saws which were a "new thing" back in the 1970's. They never used to sharpen them, but buy a new saw each week. The hard point saws I have, have lasted for several years for me, because I don't do much sawing, but then they were cheap. I have recently bought a new set-2 hand rip saws and 2 hand crosscuts saws from Draper and they seem quite good. We deal with them at work, so they come at trade price anyway, about £2 each, but probably much more by now, I am hoping these will last another 10 years or so for me.

I found a local firm that charged £7.75, very happy.


now you can keep an eye for "used" but top end saws.

they are ace for bench woodwork Wink

ps the best old chisels, planes etc can be special if restored, do the saw folk also reshape other tools?

make sure they use coolant if grinding with a wheel etc etc if dealing with blades
Mistress Rose

At the Bodgers Ball a couple of weeks ago there were several people sharpening and resetting saws; in fact there was a tutorial on general sharpening, but not sure if it included saws. Glad you have found someone to do the job for you.
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