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Nib on old hand saw10/30
What is the purpose of the little nib on the toe end of old good quality hand saws?
Disston and Sons published an explanation in their Lumberman Handbook stating:
The "Nib" near the end of a hand saw has no practical use whatever, it merely serves to break the straight line of the back of blade [sic] and is an ornamentation only.
Thanks for the info.My neighbor whose home was built in 1916 is collecting the tools that would have been used to build his house and he asked me about the saw he has dated to be old enough.
Jim- I thought that was a 'sight' for sighting along the blade. Makes the cut more accurate.
"At last count there were 117 recorded reasons, uses, or causes for the saw nib."
Shall we join the rank and file of professional collectors (nibomaniacs) who've argued the little nib question for at least 85 years? (The nib" was nixed in 1927).
I have two old Disstons...one nibbed, the other non-nibbed. The nibbed saw is apparently worth more chips to a collector than the non-nibbed (which only serves to quantify the question or quibbled quantity).
I believe the question has been raked, ripped and hacked from heel to toe and front to back. Fretting about it makes me cross and sticks to my gullet. What's the point? We're all playing with the band and dancing a jig. I can't handle or cope with it... I've set my teeth for the last time. The question has been nibbled to the bone!
OK David, I'll spit a bit on my saw and give it a try. (I do so wanna be a Real woodworker.)
Yes I know, I'm being a rasphole.
Jim - I think I saw the Truth, now.
Thanks for the enlightenment.