Shown here is an E.C. Atkins 26 inch crosscut saw.
This will be the last of the “I-Found-A-Saw-And-Cleaned-It-Up” posts for now. There are a couple places on the property that I might still turn another one up. We’ll see. Next I’m going to shift my attention to a Stanley Miter Box…
For this saw, I haven’t been able to determine what model it is, or the age. What I do know is that it is a beauty. I hope it saws as well as it looks.
In trying to identify the model and age, I’ve got these clues to go on:
It is 26 inches long
It is a crosscut saw, with 9 points-per-inch
It has a skew-back
The handle is embossed with Atkins’ floral pattern
The model number contains a “5”
update: also, the blade curves at the heel (shown at end of post)
There are likely other clues that I’m not familiar enough with to make use of; for example I think I’ve heard that the shape of the Atkins handles changed some over the years. I don’t know what those changes are, so that hasn’t helped me much.
I like how the tote was made for the medallion to sit in deep, flush with the surface of the handle.
If you enlarge the photo below showing the medallion (just click on it), you can see a patent date. That’s the patent for the saw nut and bolt. I found that out by reading this post: Saw: Atkins 53 (if you get an error at the link, try refreshing the page). Maybe my saw is a 26″ No. 53. I don’t know. There’s a lot of good information and enjoyable reading at that link. The author does narrow the possible dates down to between 1896 and 1952, so that’s something.
The saw has 9 points per inch. If you zoom in on this photo I think you can see a sideways 9 at the heel. I wonder if the number being sideways indicates this is a crosscut saw, or indicates nothing of the kind…
You can make out enough of the etch to know that the blade is an Atkins.
I’ve also been able to make out just enough where the model number ought to be to see what I am fairly certain is a number 5. I Haven’t been able to make out anything in front of or behind that “5.” I marked what I’m looking at with a pencil.
The handle is pretty, isn’t it? Other than cleaning old paint droppings and other dirt off of it, I’ve left it alone. From what I’ve read earlier Atkins saws had a carved wheat pattern. Sometime later they started using this floral pattern, which was stamped on rather than hand carved. Some think there is a date at which Atkins stopped using the floral pattern and went back to a wheat pattern. I haven’t been able to confirm a date. Despite my usual preference for hand-work, I think I prefer the stamped pattern, quite a bit.
From the front:
The backside is plain:
So is it a No. 53? I still don’t know. Here’s part of a catalog of saws from E.C. Atkins that I’ve been studying. It might be. I found that link on this blog: http://atkinssaws.blogspot.com/; the link is to a file the author saved in Google Drive about a year ago.
Paired with my Warranted Superior rip saw, this could be the pair of saws I turn to regularly in the shop.
Another clue to hopefully help me date or identify this saw is that at the heel of the saw the blade has a pronounced curve to it:
Here are two images of Atkins No. 53 saws, one with a similar curve, and one clearly more straight. It seems that the shape of the blade below the handle did change over the years. The curve on mine is different that either of these. Maybe that means it is not a No. 53; or maybe it means it was manufactured at a different time.
So if I can find someone that knows what this means, it might help identify the model and date when it was manufactured.