Handsaw Nib

by John W.
(North Essex.)

Some older traditional handsaws have a small nib on top off the blade about two inches from the end.This small nib appears to be formed by removing a section of the blade to leave the nib.
What is the purpose of the handsaw nib?

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Nov 19, 2015
Handsaw Nib
by: John Essex

Hi Gary,
Thanks for the info,looked at youtube it seems to work for that fellow but cant really believe thats its real purpose.
I wrote to Spear & Jackson they sent me various articles on this subject,the main idea being as ameans of tying on a saw guard.
They never used the nib,and dont really know the definitive answer.
Perhaps we will never know.

Nov 07, 2015
Why is there a Handsaw Nib
by: Gary

Hi John,

I had to do a bit of research to answer this question (that sounds like it may be your homework?) as I'd never noticed this myself.

It appears that there are a couple of uses for the nib on your old school handsaw.

Firstly, most likely the original intended use is to secure a tooth guard with. Back in the day a wooden guard could be tied on and the Nib would stop the string slipping off/gave a more secure fastening point.

If you check out the video here this craftsman is also using the Nib to start the saw cut while cutting at an angle. This most likely stops the saw trying to skip along the timbers edge instead of cutting neatly.


Hope that helps?



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