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August 15, 2010

Pistol Grip Hand Saw

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Sawing,Techniques,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 7:34 am

I made one of these saws back in the 1970’s while working at Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement.  Sold it some years later and always wanted to make another, so I did.  I had the blade, the end of an old saw that had been made into other things.  The blade was kinked and broken, so saving it was out of the question, but salvage was not.

Mark Schramm, the blacksmith at This is the Place Heritage Park, made the tang and provided the rivets.  I will punch the holes in the saw blade, punching is much quicker than drilling the steel blade.  I will also put a few barbs on the tang before inserting it into the pistol grip shape handle.

It will look something like the saw pictured above.

Now I just have to make the handle.  I will use cherry to match my other saw handles and put a ferrule on to prevent splitting.



  1. Here is a sketch of the pistol grip hand saw.

    pistol grip hand saw sketch


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — August 15, 2010 @ 11:26 am

  2. What sort of punch do you use for the holes in the blade? I have been making saws with 1095 spring steel plate and have been drilling the holes but it takes a lot of bit sharpening. I have looked at the inexpensive punches on Amazon and they are good for mild steel. Is there a reasonably priced punch for hardened steel?

    Comment by Gary DeManche — August 15, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

  3. Gary,

    Welcome and I use some old nail sets that I own. Most nail sets will do the job on thin stock like saw plate. Punching is so much faster than drilling. I back up the punch with end-grain wood, hard maple, usually, but I have used scraps of other woods including pine, especially on the knots. I use a small metal hammer on the punches, probably 10 ounce. The face of the nail set is square with sharp edges.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — August 15, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

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