Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Hand Saws
Manufacturer: Richard Groves & Sons
Tool Type: Hand Saw
This old English Richard Groves hand saw has a decorative shaped hardwood handle
which is secured to the blade with the use of four old 19th century style
The split-nut buttons are set perfectly flush with the handle. On the reverse side of the handle the split-nut buttons have an interupted flat-head screw slot. These slots require a special split-nut screwdriver to tighten or loosen them.
The saw shown is 28 inches in length with teeth which start at 3tpi (teeth per inch) by the handle and progress up to 5tpi at the tip. There were different lengthed and tpi versions of this saw produced.
This model of saw at a glance is similiar in appearance to the 'Groves - 1', however on closer inspection it can be seen the shape of the handle is slightly more decorative at the top, the medallion on the handle is slightly larger with different markings, and the blade has different markings.
Number Of Buttons: 4
Type Of Buttons: Brass, Split Nut
Medallion Markings: R. Groves & Sons, Sheffield USE
'Richard Groves & Sons, Sheffield USE'
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For information on dating this saw and other British saws, see the 'British Saws and Saw Makers from c1660' book, written by Simon Barley. The book is the most comprehensive saw directory to date listing makers, makers marks and manufacturing dates. There is also a whole host of additional information on the history of saw making, how to date a saw, in depth details on each of the large makers and much more, making for the most interesting read and leaving you with a slight desire to buy an old British saw.
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