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-
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: