The Spear & Jackson Collection

Gentleman’s Saw – Often suggested as being ‘as useful in a workshop as a gentleman’ we do get use from this one to cut dowels flush with a surface or small delicate cuts.  My son found this one at a flea market so rusty and dirty there was no brass visible, he somehow spotted the ‘Spear and Jackson’ branding – he has skills :-).  We quickly paid the $5 and ran !


Compass Saw – Marketed as a multi-use saw. For cutting around curves or trimming tree branches. This one is a very thoughtful gift from my son. It is unusual to find an 1800’s saw with such a shallow plate still intact.  We are in agreement that this is the most comfortable handle of any saw we own.


Steel Back Tenon Saw – This is the only woodworking tool of my late fathers that I have.  While it is from the 1970’s and no where near as pretty or historic as the other saws, it was the beginning of the fascination with Spear & Jackson.


16″ Crosscut Tenon Saw, Mid to late 1800’s – Sometimes called a ‘Carcass Saw’ as it is considered by some too large for tenons.  This saw is picked up a lot for cross cutting thick or wide boards (as in the carcass of a cabinet).  The long brass back is quite weighty and makes cutting easier and faster.


26″ Cross Cut Sperior 88 Non Break Handle 160 year medallion, 1920’s – 1940’s


26″ Rip Cut Sperior 88 Non Break Handle 160 year medallion, 1920’s – 1940’s


23″ Cross Cut Saw


24″ Rip Saw mid 1800’s


26″ Cross Cut Saw early 1800’s – This is possibly the oldest saw we have, pre medallions and a simple very early stamp. It is amazing that this saw was probably being used in England as Napoleon was taking over Europe.


File Makers Hammer – Also having a Blacksmithing habit, we picked up a set of sawmakers hammers from an old saw doctors firm who was moving and had these rusting in a corner.  How happy were we when cleaning them up and the S&J Spear and Jackson Sheffield logo’s appeared 🙂 our research shows them as being used in-house in the Sheffield works and probably brought to Australia in the mid to late 1800’s.


Sawmakers Hammer, Cross Pein and two Diagonal Pein Hammer heads – Quite fittingly, we used the antique Spear & Jackson Sawmakers hammer to fix a large kink in the early 1800’s Spear & Jackson 26″ Cross Cut saw above.  What the craftspeople of the day would have done in minutes, took us many hours of research and nervous application.  Very satisfying though to rescue such a beautiful old saw and have it back at work, teaching us how it used to be done!


Eclipse Saw Set and Coping Saw – Spear & Jackson acquired the Eclipse brand many years ago and still own the brand today.  The saw set is for gently and accurately bending the teeth of the saws alternately away from each other so that the teeth cut wider than the saw plate and it doesn’t jam in the cut. This is called the ‘Kerf’ or width of the cut…. and it is very shinny!