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SOLD S497 Vintage SHARP! Premium Quality 1880s MELHUISH London 14” 12ppi RIP tenon brass back SAW BACKSAW

SOLD S497 Vintage SHARP! Premium Quality 1880s MELHUISH London 14” 12ppi RIP tenon brass back SAW BACKSAW

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Antique hand tools - PREMIUM QUALITY saw S497

Up for sale is a gorgeous antique 14” Brass Backed Tenon saw by MELHUISH of Fetter Lane HOLBORN LONDON. A shapely dolphin pattern handle on this one along with a nice heavy brass spine with the typical well shaped London nose.

A 14” 355mm plate, this saw has been hand sharpened to be a fine 12ppi rip with 5° of rake. Good for working in harder timbers.
A heavy folded brass back & an ornate hand finished handle , this is a saw from the "Golden Years" of saw manufacture from the 19th century, when their skill was at it's zenith & the materials were high quality & makers took pride in their work & stood by their tools as a quality product, carpenters weren't using hand held circular saws yet, so they needed saws that worked well & held an edge.

This saw is for the woodworker that is happy to work unplugged, you'll know what I mean when you read this, it's like fast food vs slow food, it's getting back to the heart of woodworking & using your hands, not flicking a switch.

It cuts well, please note all sharpened saws are fully guaranteed, if it fails your expectations of a sharp saw, send it back in the condition that I sent it to you for your money back- simple.
Please note any blue colour you can see on the tooth line is engineers set out fluid- our saw Dr (Jim the saw man) uses it to keep track of where he's filed- if you've ever sharpened a saw that will make sense to you.

Please DM us if you are looking for a particular model, maker or type antique/vintage saw, as we have many SHARP ANTIQUE/ VINTAGE SAWS ready for use available in our shop, plus hundreds more yet to restore.

If you wish to purchase MORE THAN ONE SAW, please contact us via e-mail or text 0401091970 so that we can give an accurate combined postage cost for you.

Weight: 820g

Size: 50cm long


This saw is in authentic vintage condition, wear & tear consistent with age & use, the handle is absolutely superb, some scattered light pitting to the plate.
It's a lovely saw that cuts well, ready to go to work cutting tenons in the discerning workshop.
Please check the photos as they are part of the description.

Tools are TAX DEDUCTIBLE for work purposes & a GST- inclusive  .pdf TAX RECEIPT of YOUR PURCHASE is sent automatically with your ORDER CONFIRMATION E-MAIL.