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#1 posted 09-22-2018 07:57 PM

Handsaw sharpening is not done anymore.

- MrRon

Untrue. It s done, and folks that do it are out there. If you re good at it, there s $ in it.

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

I agree. It s a a skill that died, but is now being resurrected.

- Don W

Where I live, I know of no one who sharpens handsaws. I realize there are great old handsaws out there, but I would expect their owners would sharpen them themselves without the use of a saw sharpening machine. By the time it takes to set up a machine for sharpening, it can be done just as fast or even faster doing it by hand filing. Certainly the cost would be much less. Unless you can find an old handsaw, all the new handsaws have flame hardened teeth that don’t work well on a machine. I’m not speaking of the expensive Veritas saws, just the garden variety saw. I’m sure there is a hardcore group of handsaw users who still use the Disston and Atkins saws, but I’m not too convinced of the numbers. I suppose it depends on the area of the country.

I don’t consider using a machine to sharpen a saw, a “skill”. Yes it takes carefully following directions to use a machine, but the real skill comes in hand filing a saw. I have all the machines for sharpening just about anything; I no longer use them except the carbide sharpener. All my equipment is from Foley and I used to have a sharpening service, but there was no market for sharpening anything other than circular saw blades; too much liability involved. I had a building contractor come in with about 60 “throw away” saw blades to sharpen. I told him they were not worth sharpening. Occasionally someone would bring in carbide blade and that was the extent of my sharpening experience. Just the supplies alone didn’t pay for the amount charged for sharpening.

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