Help Identifying a Sandvik Crosscut Saw

Shown is a Sandvik 20″ crosscut, with 10 points-per-inch (or 9 teeth-per-inch; learned that saws are marked with their point count, rather than teeth count).

There was some etching on this one, but I’ve lost it. I only very lightly sanded the plate where the etch was with 320 grit paper, but I can’t find it again for the life of me. I hope to get some blueing material and give that a shot on this saw and my others.

I’ve read that the steel on these saws is very good. This company went budget on their handles (though the dragon design is very cool).

If I could see the etching, I believe it would tell me what number this saw is. Just three holes in the handle, and no medallion.

Any one out there know about Sandviks and able to help?

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3 Responses to Help Identifying a Sandvik Crosscut Saw

  1. Ty Stange says:

    Kim Malmberg has a lot of info on Swedish tools here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnberg68/albums/with/72157635645619275
    Looks quite similar to the 271

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    • Wesley Beal says:

      Thanks – that is similar. It’s 4 inches longer, and the tote has 4, rather than 3 holes. The general layout/orientation is very similar though. I wish I knew how Sandvik chose their numbers, and a list of all numbers they assigned. Maybe that would point me toward looking for a Sandvik #265 or #282 or something….

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  2. fviklund says:

    Hi Wesley! Almost five years have passed but I’ll answer this like it was yesterday 🙂 I found your post while researching this very topic and would say it is a Sandvik 270 Norseman from the mid to late 1970:s. The only other Sandvik saw with 3 screws was the No 271 Guildmaster which was only made in 22″ and 26″ sizes. By the 1970s hand saw manufacturers streamlined production and the vast majority of saws were tooth tip hardened. The blades for models that could be sharpened (like this one) were made to fit all handles including plastic. One blade could thus be used in several models only differing in the handle, level of polishing and decoration. That’s why your saw has 4 holes and a handle with only 3 screws. The etches were replaced by printing in the 60s or 70s which explains why it didn’t survive even very light sanding.
    The plywood handle may seem cheap but was originally patented by Sandvik in 1933 as a much more sturdy alterntive than solid wood, especially for saws taking a beating such as forestry and outdoor construction. You can check out a slightly earlier Norseman in the 1972 catalogue: https://archive.org/details/SandvickHandToolsCatalog1972
    Sandvik dropped one screw in the 70s and as your saw has Philips screws it was probably made mid to late 1970s. The model was manufactured until ca 1983-1986. In 1983 the etch/print was changed to “Högboo Bruk” (the site of the first Sandvik steel mill) and an elaborate pattern. On those saws, the pitch (10P) was printed in the “etch” and not stamped into the heel.

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