I have made frequent visits to just
about every flea market and second hand store in my area for the
last three years or so.
It can be hard work to spend hours
finding nothing, but still I feel all the patience is rewarded
when you find those special tools. They might not be valuable or
pristine tools, but the stories they can tell can be just as
My largest hand tool fetish are
saws. I have been using them since I was a child and I have
always liked hand sawing, even when I got into power tools. So
saws are always welcomed to my home, even when sound judgment
tells me I shouldn't bother.
I might end up with some hopeless
cases, some entirely useless ones, but sometimes even if the saw
is beyond salvation, it might still provide something very
useful. It might be parts, it might help my research regarding
certain saw makers or it might reveal something unexpected.
To me one of the biggest pleasures
is finding an etch when I least expect it. I know we all know
about special hardware etches or saws made for the large
American department or hardware stores. And as much as I like
those too, the ones I will focus on are etches with Finnish
The Fennia saw
This saw was made by E. C. Atkins.
It is the no 59 Reliable, with a Warranted Superior medallion and
Sheffield Saw Works stated as the maker. The really interesting
thing about this weak etch is that it is custom made for the
Clearly a Atkins made Warranted Superior saw,
branded Sheffield Saw Works.
The etch reads:
CAST | The Finnish coat of arms | STEEL
SHEFFIELD SAW WORKS
became independent in 1917 so I don't think the saw was made
before that. And it probably wasn't made after WWII either. The
age of this is saw is not that relevant anyway. What is
interesting to me is that the saw was made in the US by Atkins
but expressly for the Finnish market.