Finally Found a Harvey Peace P-70! (Caution: Saw-Geekery Ahead)

I’m a huge fan, collector, and user of the saws made by Harvey W. Peace. Yes, I am a saw geek. I have been trying to gather at least one example of each saw Peace made in the 40 odd years Peace worked in Brooklyn. This has been a challenge because some of his saws were made for a short period of time and/or were made in limited numbers. One of the most elusive saws has been the P-70 which was the absolute top-end saw in Peace’s “Perfection” line of handsaws. I saw one example of this saw at a LFOD Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire back in 2003. At the time I didn’t realize what a rarity it was, and my tool funds were low,  so I had to let it go. That is one of the few tools I truly regret not getting. For seven years I haven’t seen another example. That changed a few weeks ago when this arrived at my door-

Harvey Peace P-70 Handsaw
Harvey Peace P-70 Handsaw

I acquired this 20 inch panel saw as part of a box lot of saws I won at an absentee auction. At first I didn’t recognize it as a P-70 because it doesn’t have the unique Buell patent handle. After cleaning the blade a bit I found the clearly marked P-70 etch and was shocked! My guess is that the smaller panel saws with the three screw handles didn’t have room for the patented handle carving. This saw is likely an early P-70 as it has Munger’s 1869 patent saw screws, not the later Glover patent that the later “Perfection” saws have.  This saw does have a good clean Tenney patent nickel-plated reinforcing plate at the bottom of the handle.

As-found the saw had a badly twisted plate and a broken top horn on the handle. I sent it out to one of , if not the best, saw doctors out there  to be restored and tuned up. I just got it back in the mail today and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s a very fine 10 point crosscut and it just glides through wood. The London spring steel blade sings, and the handle, with its nearly invisible horn repair, feels great in my hand. It’s a rare saw for sure, but I’ll keep it handy in my shop and use it often. Here are some additional photos:

P-70 Handle
P-70 Handle
Medallion with Munger's 1869 Patent Date
Medallion with Munger's 1869 Patent Date
Close-Up of Munger's Patented Two-Part Saw Screw
Close-Up of Munger's Patented Two-Part Saw Screw
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Tenney and Hankin's Patent Reinforcing Plate
P-70 Etch
P-70 Etch

4 thoughts on “Finally Found a Harvey Peace P-70! (Caution: Saw-Geekery Ahead)”

  1. Josh….. any saw doctor who does that good a job certainly deserves to have his/her name in print. The doctor needs to know that those of us who do that kind of work recognize a good horn repair when we see one. It is not noticeable that it was actually repaired.

  2. Matt, Marv, Thanks for your comments.

    The saw doctor I referred to in my post is Michael Merlo- he goes by Azmica on WoodNet and azmica90405 on eBay. Michael is a friend and fellow saw geek. His restoration work is quite amazing, possibly unparalleled. In the case of this P-70 the entire top horn was replaced. The repair is virtually invisible- the grain and color of the apple wood match exactly. The patina and wear patterns are also identical. Even the wheat carving was replicated perfectly. Performing a seamless graft is hard enough in and of itself- I’ve tried several times with mixed results. The ability to blend the old wood with the new is where the real skill is in my opinion. It’s definitely an art.

    I have a couple of other Peace saws that Michael worked on for me including an amazing No. 60 with the double-loop handle similar to a Disston 12. I’ll post pictures of them at some point soon.

    Michael’s email is MFMERLO@aol.com for anyone interested in contacting him.

    Thanks again for your comments.

    Josh

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