William Marples Tenon Saw - Steel Back - 1

william marples tenon saw
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Reviewed By: I.Ball

Category: Old Tenon Saws

Manufacturer: William Marples

Tool Type: Tenon Saw

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This Wm. Marples & Sons tenon saw is steel backed tenon saw.

The steel back spine gives the blade strength and the saw additional weight.

This William Marples saw is fitted with a decoratively shaped Beech handle. The handle is secured to the blade with the use of three brass split-nut screws.

The split-nut screws are set flush with the handle with the front face being plain and the rear face having an old specialist screw which looks like a flat head screw which has been interrupted half way through. These split-nut screws require a special split-nut screw driver.

william marples tenon saw

The steel back is marked with the markings 'warranted, cast steel' and 'Wm. Marples & Sons, Hibernia, Sheffield' surrounding the William Marples Shamrock symbol.

This particular saw is 12 inches in length and has 11 1/2 teeth per inch (tpi). There were different lengthed and tpi versions of this saw produced.

The saw shown is 14 inches in length and has 13 teeth per inch (tpi). There were different sized versions of this saw produced.

Saw Construction

william marples tenon saw

Handle: Beech

Number Of Buttons: 3

Type Of Buttons: Brass, Split-nut

Steel Back Markings:
'Wm Marples & Sons, Hibernia, Sheffield, Warranted, Cast Steel'

Manufactured Dates

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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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