I had an hour to fill this morning and spent it changing a (literal) block of rust, into a Ward & Payne hacksaw. A really lovely old saw, nice deep, original blade and such graceful curves to the body. So nice to see the blade held in under tension with just a couple of nails. Lovely! (A bit more research on the web has this saw marked down as a ‘Ward & Payne B-3 Shop Pattern Metal Saw Sheffield’). Now on eBay.

Ward & Payne logo on top of body

Nice old wing nuts to dial the tension on. Not a lot has changed since this old design, although you wouldn’t find anything as beautiful as this old saw in ‘B&Q’ these days.

As well as being beautiful, I imagine this shape gives a stronger pull on this end of the blade and therefore more stiffness to the saw.