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Lindas

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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?
 

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Yes, and I would be interested in same. Hand saws still need need sharpening, despite the 'throwaway culture' pushed by induction hardpoint manufacturers.

Sam
 

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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.
 

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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.

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SammyQ":2rgau6sl said:
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
 

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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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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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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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AndyT":cj0vb1k5 said:
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:.





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 :)
 

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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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Lindas":2y2stlhc said:
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
 

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First dibbs on tbe stubbs then. Lol.
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Any help with sorting this lot and pricing would be appreciated. I could put them into brand families and then sizes seems sensible. Then what do we think of pricing. I can’t put them on the market place here without a fixed price.

From the photos are they all saw sharpening files? Was there talk of not all triangular files being for the purpose of saw sharpening. Is that possible to tell from these photos?

Sorry to ask for so much help.
 

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That's even more files than I have!

Some of them look like saw files, but many are simple triangular files (the cross section is an equilateral triangle). A saw file has one sharper angle.

For selling, you might want to group them in batches by one maker, just a thought. You could sell them to gather as a job lot, but that's a BIG lot and you will probably do better to split them into batches.
 

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Oh, this is only a very small file selection! Thank you for file info. I’ll try sort saw sharpening from none. Try I think being the key word!
 

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@Lindas:

Please contact Sammy Q and ask him to pass on the 2 E-mails I sent to him (as he requested), 1 last night, 1 this morning. Thanks.
 
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