I love hand saws. All of them. In any shape and
size. Since woodworking in my case is merely an excuse for
dealing with rust I tend to spend most of my shop time working
on saws, rather than with them.
Where I live I can rarely find any decent saws.
Most of them are badly beaten with ugly or broken handles and
damaged saw plates. Which means I have a stack of donor saws
where one can provide a plate and the other can provide a
handle. And sometimes I make my own bastard saws from whichever
parts are best suited.
I also both buy and sell tools. When I buy them
I try to read the descriptions closely and study the images
carefully. Still I realised that sometimes it can be almost
impossible to say if a tool really is the real deal. Sure
enough, once I receive the parcel I will know. But that might
still be too late.
When I sell tools and especially a bastard saw I
will make sure to describe the facts very clearly. Yet, if
someone who buys my saw wants to resell it omitting my
information, I am sure a buyer could be easily deceived, and to
a higher cost.
So letís pretend I am a seller of hand tools on
a world renowned online auction site. And letís pretend the
images below are part of my deceitful description. Would you
know which saw to buy and which to avoid? If you have seen my
images before you might know the answer already. And of course
you can browse the web and make comparisons. But would you
really know what to look for? And are the images enough to spot
At the end of this story I will present the
fakes. But before you find out, hereís a bunch of E. C. Atkins
First up is an Atkins no 401. It is a 24 inch
one of Atkins very finest models.
Second one is a Atkins no 64 with embossed
A very nice saw very much designed like the Disston no 12.
Note the Atkins triple A on the handle.