One of the saws I got from my Grandpa was an odd duck. It is smaller in blade height like a dovetail saw, but longer in length. And it has no back. I finally got around to taking some pictures, and I posted them on the LumberJocks forums. Matt Cianci of TheSawBlog posted and told me what I had was a Joiner’s Saw, and that they are rare. I did some more research and this particular one from E.C. Atkins was marketed as a “Handy Saw” (see mention in this ad from 1928). It is filed 12 ppi rip, from my measurements. The blade is 16 7/8″ in length. The nose of the saw was 1 7/8″ high. The heel is 2 1/2″ high.
This past weekend, I traveled to Blue Earth, where I grew up. We visited my Grandmother and I took the first look at some of my Grandpa’s tools since he passed away in May. I didn’t decide to get into hand tool wordworking until after he passed regrettably, but I guess I can connect with who he was even now by pursuing woodworking on my own, and sharing it with my son.
My Grandpa wasn’t hand tools only, and I don’t think he even owned a hand plane. But he did get into saw sharpening later in life, and had a variety of hand saws he was working on. I took a few with me, with plans to restore them. The biggest being a large Disston rip saw, probably a D7 or D8. I have quite a bit of fixup to do on some of them. Not to mention learning to properly saw.
My existing bench is now in my basement, and I’ve started to setup shop.