I bought this a few years ago from E bay.When it arrived I was disappointed by its condition due to its handle being in very poor condition, one of those traders who wasn't as honest as they should be by covering up the damage from the angle of the photos he had shown, so it got chucked into the drawer and left there.
I had tried to use it a few time but due to its handle damage causing it to be loose as I could not tighten it, I found it difficult to control the saws movements so back into the drawer it went till now.
As I'm shutting down the workshop I'm being brutal and disposing of everything I can do with out in the new workshop, but, I decided not to with this one its time to do something with it, First a new handle and somewhere along the line I decided to shorten the blade as well to give this saw a new lease of life.
I tried to keep this as traditional as possible but drew a blank on getting any apple wood to cut the new handle from so eventually settles on some nice black walnut.
First I decided to shorten the length of the blade for two reasons really first it was difficult to handle a tenon saw of 16" in length and also the front end of the blade was badly pitted.
So how do you cut a saw blade in half ( not easy ) actual it was easy as shown here hack saw and metal shears, hack saw for the steel back and the shears for the blade as the hack saw would not even make any lea way into the disston blade but the shears cut it like butter.
Next plane the black walnut to 21 mm thick drop on the the old handle and draw round it drill a few holes in all the right places and you have the new shape for a handle. Once you have the rough cut shape it all down to hand work then with rasp files. Its the first time I have used these impressive my only gripe with them they could be slightly larger and have a handle, having said that they were very very impressive.
My hand were sore when I had finish rasping this, Here it is the nearly finished handle its it first fitting some small bites and pieces still to touch up here and there once there done source some stain and polish.
Tomorrow remove the handle and stain and polish later in the day take just the blade to my local timber merchants and get it sent off t for sharpening, my eyes aren't that good any more with teeth at 14 tpi" the saw is now 12 " in length with the steel back it nice and weighty. enjoy.