That's a real treasure. Man, talk about a real work out, I could hardly imagine using that thing regularly.Amazing find... Maebiki-nokogiri
So as I have mentioned in previous blogs, I have been studying and collecting Japanese hand tools. And my favorite book which has inspired the collection is JAPANESE WOODWORKING TOOLS by Toshio Odate.
In this book there is a section on saws (Nokogiri) where Odate proudly displays a favorite in his collection:
This saw was a rip saw used to mill large stock. The wide blade was designed to keep the cut straight in very thick lumber. It was used by the mighty kobiki-shokunin (sawyer). According to the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum it was probably produced and used during Japan's Meiji era (1868-1912).
Well, this is what I found at the flee market on Friday, and paid $10 bucks for:
Its in amazing condition. Even the original handle is intact, although warn (it was obviously put to work!) It has a little rust but I will clean it carefully. It has the same blacksmith tool marks as the one that Odate shows. From the little bit of research I've done this saw seems to be over 100 years old!