It was only recently that I managed to make my first visit to a tool auction. I am not 100% sure, but I think they are less common in the UK than the tool fairs are over in the US (I will gladly stand corrected if this is not the case).

If I am honest, having never attended a tool auction before (or any auction for that matter), the experience was certainly a little intimidating. The biggest shock for me (well, two actually) was:

– The speed at which each lot is sold, this is scary quick and before you know it you have either bought something or lost out because you just weren’t quick enough.

– The number of high quality tools being sold at a very reasonable price.

I must confess to only having made a single purchase on the day, due to the “Rabbit in the headlights” effect, I can’t claim this was a feat of self control, but rather one of indecision. But, the one purchase I did make I am VERY happy with.

I managed to bag three saws for £18.00 (so just under $30.00). These were not cheap or low quality saws, but some real gems!

In order of descending size, the first saw of the trio was a nice Disston hand saw with a blade length of 24 1/8″ with 6 teeth per inch:

Disston Hand Saw

Disston Hand Saw

Close up of the Disston Badge

Close up of the Disston Badge

Straight blade, no kinks all good so far

Straight blade, no kinks all good so far

The main points you need to cover when looking at saws (in my opinion) are:

– Are all teeth present and correct

– Is the blade straight and free from kinks or severe bends

-Is the handle intact and fastened securely

– That corrosion is not so bad that it will render the saw useless.

Truth be told, unless there is serious corrosion or kinks in the blade, then you can address and rectify most other issues. Obviously it will just add to the work and time needed to get the saw back top fighting fitness. I was really lucky with these saws that they were all in relatively great condition. The next saw in the trio was a steel backed Warranted Superior tenon saw with a 14″ blade and 11 teeth per inch.

Steel Backed Warranted Superior

Steel Backed Warranted Superior

I like each of these saws for different features and I must say that the Warranted saw has a particularly lovely handle shape. Although a little bit on the big side, I personally prefer my saw handles to be more snug, but that is really nit-picking.

Straight as an arrow

Straight as an arrow

 

Warranted Stamp

Warranted Stamp

And last but not least, a small dovetail saw without a manufacturers name. This one is actually my favourite of the three, it feels so perfect to hold and use, it is as if it was made for me (I am sure you know what I mean).

Lovely little dovetail saw

Lovely little dovetail saw

Straight Blade.... Again

Straight Blade…. Again

Again a straight blade with all teeth present, handle in tact and no real corrosion to speak of. I honestly cannot believe how lucky I was to grab these three saws at such a bargain price.

I am looking forward to going to another auction and will hopefully be a little more used to the environment and come away with a few more goodies than I did from this first auction.

The steel backed saw I intend to use for sharpening practise, then, once I have the hang of it, I will be willing to move to the other two saws.

Expect a post on saw sharpening in the future! But for now, the next step for all three will be to give them a little bit of a clean up, once I have done that, I’ll let you guys know how they look.

Thanks for reading guys.

~Alistair

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