Flint's Handsaw by Mark Kuzee
I recently became the caretaker of this
Joseph Flint early handsaw.
The blade is 28” long and appears to be
a 6TPI configuration. I always see 6 TPI as a rip and
not a crosscut so I am claiming that this is a rip saw.
The bevel angle is close to 15 degrees. There is little
The handle is the roughest part of the
saw and yet is the most telling. The handle seems to be
British. I usually do not see such pronounced “fleck”
like I do with this saw. American Beech does not seem to
have this characteristic in my experience.
The medallion (label screw) is the real
interesting piece of this puzzle. It is a coat of arms
with a crown on top. One side is a lion figure and the
other side is a unicorn. Underneath the coat of arms are
the words: “Dieu et mon droit”
Translation “God and my right shall
defend me”. This motto was first used in 1198 by the
The form on the medallion closely
resembles the one in the picture. The shank is
broke on two screws but someone thought to nail the
large side into place. I would like to get this
restored. Any metal workers out there?
My sense is that the blade and handle
are both British. The entire saw may have been
made rough in Sheffield and then sent to Rochester where
the saws were ground, tensioned and handled. The
medallion work and the wood used and the handle shape
are all suggestive of English or early American made
My understanding is that saws were
stamped until sometime around 1850-1860.
J. Flint was in business from 1848 until
1888. They had other lines of tools and it would be hard
for me to say with all certainty that saws were produced
the entire time that the company existed.
I have checked with a few experts and
they claim it is early and not often seen maker.