From the Saw Shop Hall of Shame: Damaged Atkins handsaw handle

Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works restored antique tools

damaged atkins handsaw handle

Sometimes, in the process of working on customer tools or restoring tools for my inventory, I run across things that are so bad, they just beg for a Wall of Shame to put them on :).

This is (was) what should have been a decent little Atkins handsaw with a “flower” patten handle. It came to me in a bundle of other saws, otherwise I’d never have picked it up.

This is a great example of why I always say to NEVER leave a tool handle without finish on it (you can see where the original shellac finish chipped and peeled off the handle). Yup, that’s not only a split in the handle, it’s a vertical split following the blade slot. Unfortunately, that split severely compromises the structural integrity of the handle, so this saw was one for the trash.

Protect your tool handles!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!


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