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A. A. Smith Ltd


A. A. Smith, established in 1952, supplies and services bandsaw blades, circular saw blades and cutters for woodworking, engineering, other industries, hobby and DIY use.

We offer a postal or carrier service throughout the UK.

63 Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 6RE

Tel: 01273 461707 - Fax 01273 441684

Internet: www.aasmith.co.uk
Email: [email protected]

1952? Sounds promising.



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22 Oct 2003
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Up the proverbial creek
Hmm, no mention of hand saws... Slightly less promising :( It's all the hardpoint saws' fault, curse them :evil:

Cheers, Alf

With a such a mindset as to think 1952 rather a newcomer on the sharpening scene... :oops:


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10 Sep 2003
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I did a Kelly search which threw up the following - a few we seen already, AA Smith, Western Davenport, and the NLS people I added to the bandsaw thread are in there, but they mostly seem to be bandsaw/TCT re-grinders....

Kellysearch for Saw Services, Sharpening or Maintenance or Repair - UK

C R M Saw Co. Ltd, Waterlooville, Hants, United Kingdom
Woodworking machine merchants

N L S Tools (North London Saw Works Ltd), Waltham Cross, Herts, United Kingdom

Rivers Machinery Ltd, Southampton, United Kingdom
Suppliers to the UK manufacturing industry of top quality machine tools & plant, including equipment for sawing & cutting off, storage, tube manufacture, tube bending & endforming, forging, milling & drilling, water-jet cutting & aluminium processing. Rivers Support Services provides after sales solutions to suit all customers

The Saw Centre Ltd, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Woodworking, metal working machinery, UPVC machinery sales, machinery servicing, saw sharpening & power tools online

A A Smith Ltd, Shoreham-by-Sea, W. Sussex, United Kingdom
Blade suppliers & saw doctors

David Adams & Sons Ltd, Cradley Heath, W. Midlands, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening services

Advanced Tool Technology Ltd, Bolton, United Kingdom
Metal cutting & sawing machines & saw blade sharpening

Apollo Holdings Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Industrial saws & cutting tools

Apollo Multiform Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening services

Atkins Saws, Solihull, W. Midlands, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening services

B A W O Services Ltd, Stourbridge, W. Midlands, United Kingdom
Circular & meatal saw manufacturing/ngineering/servicing (sharpening/m

Bandsaw Service Ltd, Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Saw distributors, services & sharpening

Ernest Bennett & Co. (Darlington) Ltd, Darlington, Co. Durham, United Kingdom
Industrial sawblade & cutting tool manufacturers

C D J Saws Ltd, Cannock, Staffs, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening specialists

C & G Cutters & Grinding Ltd, Blackburn, United Kingdom
Machining & grinding services CNC

Canaan Carbides Ltd, Evesham, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Tile cutter manufacturers. Paper cutting guillotining services & saw distributors & sharpening services

Cepstra (UK) Ltd, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Condition monitoring systems distributors

Columbia Saw Works Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Saw services & blade manufacturers

E. Crowley & Son Ltd, Basildon, Essex, United Kingdom
Tungsten carbide tipped saw manufacturers

Cutter Grinding Services, Luton, United Kingdom
Cutter grinding specialists

Davenport Western Ltd, Yeovil, Somerset, United Kingdom
Saw services & manufacturers

East Midlands Saw Service, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening & bandsaw specialists

East Midlands Saw & Tool Co. Ltd, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Saw & tool suppliers

European Saw Services Ltd, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Saw blade supply & service

Fermid Ltd, Warley, W. Midlands, United Kingdom
Metal sawing & saw services

Five Star Saw Service Ltd, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Saw repair services

Fourway Bandsaw Servicing Ltd, Cannock, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Bandsaw services

Gelmic Machine Tools Ltd, Luton, United Kingdom
Sawblade regrinding, new blades, lubricants & machines

H & G Engineers, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening services

Hamilton Edge Tools Ltd, Cwmbran, Gwent, United Kingdom
Saw & cutter sharpening

Haydens, Braintree, Essex, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening sales, services & repairs

Heath Saw & Cutter Repairs, Ware, Herts, United Kingdom
Machine suppliers & saw manufacturers

Hilbark Saw Services, Warley, W. Midlands, United Kingdom
Bend saw servicing & suppliers

Sue Hopton Saw Distributors, Gloucester, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening service & sales

Sue Hopton Saw Sharpening Services, Gloucester, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening

Howarth Industrial Saws Ltd, Keighley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Huddersfield Saw & Tool Co., Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Woodworking machines & chain saws suppliers

M.& E. James, Bilston, W. Midlands, United Kingdom
Gearbox reconditioners

Leicester Saw Blades Ltd, Leicester, United Kingdom
Saw repairers & manufacturers

North Shields Grinding, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
Saw/blade sharpening & repairs

Northern Saw Services, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening services

Radical Saw Ltd, Lincoln, United Kingdom
Saw & tool manufacturers

Saw Specialists Ltd, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Saw services, sharpening, maintenance & repair

South East Saws Services Ltd, Rainham, Essex, United Kingdom
Sharpening & manufacturing of tools

South Eastern Saws (Industrial) Ltd, Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom
Industrial tooling sales & service

South Midland Saw Co. Ltd, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Circular saws

Southern Counties Saw Co. Ltd, High Wycombe, Bucks, United Kingdom
Saw repairers

Spear & Jackson International Ltd, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Saw blade maintenance/repair equipment manufacturers

Stevens Saw & Tool Services, Worcester, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening

Supersharp Saw Service, Mitcham, Surrey, United Kingdom
Tool grinders

Gillard Services Ltd, Wokingham, Berks, United Kingdom
Industrial grinding

H. Todd & Son Ltd, Burnley, Lancashire, United Kingdom

R. & D. Waller Saw Mills Ltd, Norwich, United Kingdom
Saw mill

Western Saw Services, Salford, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening services

W. Wilkinson (Sawmakers) Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Saw sharpening services & manufacturers

E. Witten & Sons, Shoreham-by-Sea, W. Sussex, United Kingdom
Saw & cutter sharpening services

Woods Group Ltd, Bolton, United Kingdom
Saw makers & repairers

Carbide Services, Liverpool, United Kingdom


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14860, France
I contacted Isaac Lord who do not offer a service but recomended Southern Counties. I am awaiting a reply from them.

I am not at all sure that I would be happy to part with my 100 year old Disston to a machine usually used to cut or regrind industrial saw blades as I suspect is the case with most on Adam's list.

My memory is not the best but I am pretty sure that AA Smith might have been the Susex outfit that F&C mentioned when I did my earlier serach, if so then they no longer do (or did) a hand saw sharpening service. I have just sent them a email. I'll let you know.



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10 Sep 2003
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I've contacted AA Smith by email also - so we shall see if they suggest anything.

Pete W

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31 Jan 2004
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I picked up the llatest issue of Traditional Woodworking at the weekend, and it has an interesting article about saw sharpening. Hard for a novice like me to judge the level of skill involved but in theory (ho-ho) it all sounds relatively straightforward - if you can acquire the tools.

It also commits the crime of suggesting you hand over to a saw doctor for some tasks without even a mention of the scarcity of said experts!


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10 Sep 2003
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At the recommendation of a local cabinet maker, I added a a tenon saw into his recent batch of stuff for resharpening (which reminds me I must owe him some money). Anyway, I sent my worst saw along which is in a complete state, (just in case) and they've done a marvellous job. Really pleased. It's quite a fine TPI, so I was pleased with the result.

I didn't speak to them in person, so have no "feeling" for their level of competence, I can only recommend on the basis of A) My local cabinet maker who says they are good and B) A successful resharpening of my tenon saw.


The details are:

Sawrite Co.Ltd
Unit 12, Thorgate Rd Wick
Littlehampton West Sussex
BN17 7LU

Tel: 01903 738630


OK, so I'm obviously biased, but how about giving a Japanese disposable blade dozuki a try. I'm still kind of lusting after a beautiful western saw like a Pax, but not having the easy access I got a cheap dozuki and think it's pretty good, now that I've figured out some of it's idiosycrasies. Finding a grip on the stick (OK, call it a handle if you must) that works seems to be the main challenge, which for me is near the end with my index finger along the handle itself. The saw seems to appreciate having the blade pressed very gently to the left when the cut's started to run - gets rid of any wobble, and doesn't change the cut direction. Going to forget how to use a push saw at this rate. I even fitted a new blade in my fret saw the "wrong way round" without thinking! :oops:

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