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Old Spear & Jackson Saw information. Answered

Hi Folks.
My lovely better half just came home from a walk with her mum & presented me with a very old Spear & Jackson saw that belonged to her late father.
It has suffered a bit over the years, it has some corrosion & some light pitting on the blade but nothing I shouldn't be able to sort out; being an inquisitive guy I'm intrigued by the wording embossed on the handle "Wartime handles and screws" .
I'd love to find out more about this old saw, perhaps when it may have been made & why it has this wording on the handle, I have quite a few tools made during & shortly after WW2 which I inherited from my father but have never seen this before.
Any info folks?

I stripped the saw & started the first stages of bringing it back to some of its former glory this evening.
Rubbing it down with wet & dry & a sanding block revealed the etching under the corrosion, I'm afraid the picture may not show it up too well but along with all the usual Spear & Jackson stuff it showed the model & number of the saw, its a Spearior model 88 which according to info from the web has been in production in one shape or another since around 1920.
I've come across a couple of methods online but before I start does anyone have any suggestions for enhancing the etching?



5 years ago

This is the same saw the Instructables robot uses! He knows it is a rip saw too.


5 years ago


cool score. I've heard old saws are hard to come by because the are generally wore out.

Wow that was quick I only posted this 15 minutes ago :-)
Oddly enough the only reference I found to saws with this wording was on the same site http://www.woodworkforums.com/f152/monday-night-showntell-91413/index55.html I must have missed the one you found.
That does seem like a plausible explanation, I thought perhaps it may have been some reference to the finish or quality of the materials.
It says a lot about the wartime spirit in its way, the confidence of ultimate victory was such that they were concerned that after the war potential customers may judge their tools on the finish of these tools so made it clear that they were made during a period when the quality would not be representative of their usual level.
The small boss near the middle of the handle also carries some information about the company, although it's a bit too far gone to make out much it appears to be something about their history so I think this may also be an attempt to get across the message that they are capable of better.
I do find it a little amusing in a way as if that explanation is accurate it kind of puts this saw on a par with what we would now call budget range tools, considering if it was in fact made during the war it is at least 67 years old, I know for certain it hasn't been sharpened for at least four years & has been stored in a shed all that time, I just gave it a quick try on a 2" offcut of beech I had lying around & even with all the rust & pitting on the blade it flew though it, I very much doubt that any budget saw made today will perform as well in 2079.

I Googled "wartime handle and screws".....i got lucky! Good luck and I bet you can find some space to hang it .......if you don't use it!

Any old saw can be resharpened.Many modern ones can't

I've found main problem with old saws is less about wear & more about mistreatment, generally poor storage is the culprit.
It's been a long time since I last sharpened a saw but assuming I can find my old saw setter I'm going to give it a go, if it comes out well I will add it to my everyday tools if not I think I'll give it a good clean, see if I can bring the etch up on the blade shine up on the handle & hang it in the workshop as a bit of nostalgic decor (if I can find a space).