Made from the highest quality high carbon Swedish Spring Steel, the blade is heat treated to 50-52 rc and has a thickness of .018” and the depth being 1-11/16” at the heel canted down to 1-7/16” at the toe. Each individual tooth is skilfully cut out using a traditional fly press producing 15tpi / 16ppi. The teeth are then expertly hand filed rip profile to a rake angle of 8° and set to give .003” per side set. We find that this rake angle provides a smooth start to the cut without compromising on cutting speed.
The brass back of the Skelton Dovetail Saw is milled from solid flat bar and profiled to shape impeccably by hand, adding further individuality to this unparalleled piece of craftsmanship. Traditional hand turned split nut saw bolts replicate the authentic look of the 18th century saw. Opting for solid over folded brass gives a better balance to the saw and retains the blade perfectly straight. Again, the brass is finally stamped with the Skelton name and logo by hand using a fly press.
* 10” Dovetail Saw
* Canted blade 1-11/16” at heel to 1-7/16” at toe
* 50° handle hang
* Rosewood open pistol grip handle size M-L (Other sizes can be custom made)
* Rip Cut 16ppi /15tpi – 8° Rake Angle
* Crosscut 16ppi/15tpi – 12° Rake Angle / 15° Fleam
* Cost £245 (Includes VAT & shipping in the UK) Please get in touch for overseas shipping costs
* 12” Carcass Saw
* Canted blade 2-5/16” at heel to 2-1/16” at toe
* 45° Handle hang
* Rosewood open pistol grip handle size M-L (Other sizes can be custom made)
* Rip cut 14ppi / 13tpi – 8° Rake Angle
* Crosscut 15ppi / 14tpi – 12° Rake Angle / 15° Fleam
* Cost £275 or £520 for a pair (Includes VAT & shipping in the UK) Please get in touch for overseas shipping costs
* 15” Sash Saw
* Canted blade 3-5/16” at heel to 3” at toe
* .004” Set per side
* 30° Handle hand
* Closed Rosewood handle size M-L (Other Sizes can be custom made)
* Rip cut 12ppi / 11tpi – 8° Rake Angle
* Crosscut 13ppi / 12tpi – 12° Rake Angle / 15° Fleam
* Cost £350 or £670 for a pair (Includes VAT & shipping in the UK) Please get in touch for overseas shipping costs
* 1 Carcass
* 1 Sash
Available to your specifications either rip of crosscut. Cost: £820
According to author Simon Barley ‘British Saws & Saw Makers from c1660’ William Squire was a London saw maker working from c1754 at ‘The Golden Saw,’ St Ann’s Court in Dean Street and later moving to 102 Wardour Street (Today ‘Snowflake’ ice-cream parlour) Wardour Street, named after then land owner in the area Sir Edward Wardour, was slowly built up from 1686 and even by 1720 not many of the buildings that can still be seen today were in situ. This therefore made us wonder if William Squire may have moved his business from just around the corner in St Anne’s court into brand new premises on Wardour Street, and furthermore was it the new crippling rent and rates that led to a possible bankruptcy and takeover? Sadly, we will probably never know.
At an unknown date between 1760 and 1789, John Peters takes over Squire’s business. Evidence of this we have found courtesy of The British Museum, whereby one of John Peters’ paper business cards is held in storage stating that he is ‘Successor to Mr Squire’ And what a fine example it is. Anyone wishing to view this at the museum would need to quote document number: D,2.1260
What is unique about the saw is that it is double stamped on the brass, I.PETERS in the normal position struck on the front and a minute SQUIRE on the back. This suggests that Peters took over the stock of Squire. So why I PETERS instead of J? In the Latin alphabet the letter J developed from a flourished I, however by the 18th century the 26 letters that we now know to make up the letters in the alphabet were already in existence. However, despite this toolmakers still carried on with the tradition of stamping I instead of a J well into the 19th century.
The saw itself has a blade length of 11.25” and is a lightweight carcass saw which we feel was designed for intricate joints. Shane believes that it was possibly commissioned as a chair maker’s saw. You just have to look at the size of front doors back in Georgian times to see that people were shorter. Consequently, the grip of this saw although unbelievably comfortable is only likely to fit someone with a palm width of no more than 95mm.
As with all of our saws the Squire / Peters Saw is expertly handmade using traditional techniques and the best quality sourced materials available. Shane, made the 400 mile round trip one Friday to MAC Timbers near Peterborough to pick up the rare flamed beech used on the handles. The original handles were made of beech, and we just liked that this was something a little more special and eye-catching than the plain looking beech of yesteryear. An English tree of about 200 years old, the timber itself has provenance as it originates from Boughton House, the estate of the Duke of Buccleuch in Northamptonshire. The flaming in the timber largely occurs in old beech trees due to the minerals in the soil. Shane, has carefully examined all of the worn radii and contours of the original saw and has calculated what these would have been when new. Again the teeth have been re-cut and sharpened many times over the last 250 years and therefore the plate would’ve been noticeably deeper. The only difference Shane has made to the saw (as requested by Richard Arnold) is that he has included our Skelton signature mark of the flat topped brass where it is inlaid flush into the handle. This removes the gap as seen on the original and is actually more pleasing to the eye.
It has taken around nine months to get to the stage of making, having to get into the heads of the 18th century saw makers and overcoming a few hurdles on the way. We have to at this point give praise to our amazing stamp maker, Ian Houghton of Chalco Stamp & Die Company who has created by hand some of the smallest and finest makers’ stamps we have seen, perfectly mirroring those of the 18th Century. We loved the story behind this saw and thought a few others might like to share in the remaking of this historic tool, hence the Squire / Peters c1760 Limited Edition, whereby only 25 will ever be made which are double stamped.
* Lightweight Carcass Saw
* Plate Thickness 0.015”
* Blade Length 1-15/16” at heel to 1-5/8” at the toe
* 17ppi / 16tpi rip filed
* 10° Rake
* 0.002” set per side
* Rare Flamed Beech handle with a traditional linseed finish
* Handle hang to blade 40°
* Handle size M Made to the same size specifications as the original However, if requested the handle can be custom made to suit.
* Solid brass back tapers from 5/8” to 9/16”
* Blade is fully tensioned by brass back
* Matches original weight and balance. Recreated to look as it did when bought new in the 18th century.
* Saws punched with SP (Squire & Peters) & appropriate limited number in the brass under each handle
* Double stamped with the our exceptional and skilfully made stamps S.SKELTON on the front and J.SKELTON on the reverse which is symbolic of our own business partnership
* Limited Edition of 25
* Price: £450
* Unfortunately all of the 25 limited edition double stamped saws have now been sold. However, you can still purchase this unique saw with a single stamp and in a variety of timbers Price £395
Photograph (Courtesy of Jim Hendricks) 26” Kenyon Panel Saw C1797 found in the Seaton Tool Chest – Made to the highest specifications of the time using the superior ‘Spring Steel’ this saw according to the inventory found in the chest cost 7s 6d
With their elegant overall size, lines and traditional features these straight backed saws are most pleasing to the eye and have a solid feel when in use. Finely adapted for cutting stock and boards down to size these saws will undertake the job both accurately and effortlessly. In keeping with the original Kenyon saws our blades are hand stamped, as opposed to chemically etched and feature a hand formed nib. Although there has been much discussion over why a nib was put on a saw, most thoughts have leant towards this being for cosmetic reasons. My belief however is that it actually served a practical purpose. This being that when you pull the saw back it acts as a gauge of when to then push the saw forwards again. This would eliminate the chances of a saw being withdrawn from its cut fully and of buckling the blade.
The 26” Skelton Panel Saw
After handling many Georgian saws I have found that whereas the first Sheffield saw makers of that time made a heavier workhorse of a saw, the London makers favoured a longer, but lighter saw. On making the Squire / Peters c1760 reproduction (Squire, being probably the most famous London tool maker of the 18th century) I could immediately tell that this was superior in its feel to any other saw that I have ever picked up and used. One could tell that this design was not solely influenced by the maker but also by the cabinetmakers of that time, the likes of Thomas Chippendale, George Hepplewhite and Thomas Sheraton. It would have been impossible to have made a tool of this calibre without their input. I too am keen to design and make saws with the end user and their specific task in mind. What is clear is that in making these long stroke saws, like myself the London makers didn’t just take a standard saw and make it longer, but they were uniquely designed each fit for a specific purpose and standing within their own range.
This uniquely designed range of saws with exquisite attention to detail feature a snug closely fitted handle, a longer length canted blade, a tapered spine and a thin plate with a fine tooth pattern which produces a fine kerf of cut. The combination of all of these features provides the user with a saw that comes naturally to the hand, is comfortable and above all is perfectly balanced. So let us take a closer look…
The Saw Back
Predominantly made from a high grade brass (although can be custom made in other fine materials upon request) the saw back where it meets the handle is elegantly elliptical in shape. Hand worked to a unique design this fits flush providing a seamless transition from brass to wood. Hand tapered, the saw back flawlessly moves from a flat top to a radius down its whole length. This combination allows the saw back to be longer whilst still maintaining its balance.
Entirely hand shaped from a choice of beautiful native or exotic timbers this handle pattern fits readily and seamlessly into the hand. Specially designed and engineered this saw automatically makes your index (pointing) finger point to the correct position, this being the centre of the saw plate. The horns on the handle finish flush with the top and bottom of the hand as opposed to the horns wrapping over the hands.
The longer saw plate allows the user to make an accurate controlled stroke with the saw and by using the full length a greater depth of cut per stroke can be achieved. This therefore means that less forward and backward motions are required to cut down to the baseline. Having a thinner plate with a narrower kerf means that you remove less width of material when cutting and this alone enables these saws to cut faster. Due to this, one is therefore able to cut finer teeth on the plate which in turn provide a superior surface finish. Furthermore, like all of our saws all the blades are uniquely tensioned in a manner only accustomed to us.