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By Lindas
#1311412
Hello folks,

At Dad's workshop there are many saw sharpening files, not used, some in original wrapping. (I can post photos tomorrow when I am next over). For now my question is do people still use these?
By SammyQ
#1311416
Yes, and I would be interested in same. Hand saws still need need sharpening, despite the 'throwaway culture' pushed by induction hardpoint manufacturers.

Sam
By Argus
#1311417
Some of us doctor our own saws and saw files are a specialised breed. Although they are triangular, technically they are 6 sided; there are three flat sides and three slightly curved sections where the two flats meet. It is usually this bit that wears first.
However, it does not follow that a triangular file is one specifically for saws....
If they are really unused, then they will have some value to those who use them.
The essential information is
1) the length of the cutting section without the tang, generally 4, 5 or 6 inches.
2) Who made it. There should be a makers stamp on the shank. Some makers are better regarded than others. Older, British-made saw-files are scarce.
Good luck.
By Lindas
#1311418
Ah, okay, more complex than I thought. Let me get photos. I am very glad I asked. I had thought these might be a scrap weigh in.

Linda
By Lindas
#1311423
SammyQ wrote:Yes, and I would be interested in same. Hand saws still need need sharpening, despite the 'throwaway culture' pushed by induction hardpoint manufacturers.

Sam

That's good. They aren't scrap then! Photos to come. Perhaps these can be my first Ukw sale items. Would you be up to helping with identification and pricing? There are different sizes and perhaps types when I do take a closer look. I am pretty sure most are as new. Same goes for a load of Ridgway auger bits, still with wax on the ends and many in bags, larger files or rasps too all wrapped. Your name is in the first batch of saw sharpening files.

Linda
By SammyQ
#1311438
I'll give it a rattle Lindas, being quite sure that if I get it wrong, there are plenty of willing contributors to promptly correct me/us. This is a friendly place, with education and guidance 'taken as read' by most posters.
Sam
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By Lons
#1311448
They're no good to you Sam they'll just rust away in Alnwick :lol:

I had to come through on Friday coming back from fishing at Chatton and the town was gridlocked, got diverted by that horrific fatal crash that closed the A697.

Trust you're well marra - sorry to Linda for hijacking her thread.
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By AndyT
#1311506
Your saw files are definitely not scrap.
A number of discerning woodworkers have noticed that since "handsaw" came to mean a cheap disposable item with hardened, unsharpenable teeth, the world's few file makers have almost given up making proper saw files.
There's a long thread on here somewhere about this and a big survey/test done on an Australian forum. Short version, new old stock files should sell very well.
Same goes for the auger bits - Matthew at Workshop Heaven has cottoned on to this and now sells proper old Sheffield bits, clean, sharp and ready to use - but nobody is making them any more!
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By Trevanion
#1311539
AndyT wrote:Matthew at Workshop Heaven has cottoned on to this and now sells proper old Sheffield bits, clean, sharp and ready to use - but nobody is making them any more!


He's got some good stuff in that shop online, it's worth looking at every so often but it's dangerously tempting sometimes. Looks like Quangsheng now make chisels too, "that are based on the Stanley 750". We all know exactly who they're actually trying to copy! :lol:.

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One "copy" set is £100 for 4, One "genuine" set is £340 for 5 :lol:

Sorry to deviate from the original topic, Saw files = Good :)
By Lindas
#1311857
A few photos of files that I think are saw files!
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By Lindas
#1311862
I think there will be enough to go around!!!!!

The brands are Stubbs, King, H Stones, JP, JNS, CR, Oberg Sweden (I might have got that wrong).
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By Trevanion
#1311864
Lindas wrote:I think there will be enough to go around!!!!!

The brands are Stubbs, King, H Stones, JP, JNS, CR, Oberg Sweden (I might have got that wrong).


Stubs used to make excellent files back in the day and are regarded as some of the best ever produced.

Oberg still make files for Bahco, I've got a few of them and they are very good. Not sure what they're older stuff was like but I assume it was just as good if not better.

Haven't heard of the others :-k