Peace Handsaws

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Harvey W. Peace made three distinct types of handsaws.

Traditional straight-back saws in the English style were made throughout the company’s history.

Later on the company offered “Perfection” style handsaws in the more more modern style that Disston pioneered in the early 1880s. These saws “let-in” handles in which the handles sits in a slot cut into the saw plate, bringing the user’s hand closer to the center of the saw and changing the cutting dynamics. These saws also featured a skew back rather than a straight back. These saws also featured Peace’s patent reinforcing strip, a small piece of nickel-plated steel at the heel of the handle to protect it from damage.

The third and most uncommon type of handsaw Peace made is the Andrews patent handsaw. These saws are unique in that the saw handle is let in to the blade to such an extent that the plate extends part way through the grip of the handle. When attempting to identify a Peace handsaw determining the type is a good first step to narrow down the possibilities.

Traditional Straight-Back Saw Models

No. 60

No. 60 Handsaw

No. 60 Extra Refined London Spring Steel Blade with Nib, Carved Double Loop handle, Straight Back

P60 Handsaw Details


No. 50

No. 50 Handsaw

No. 50 Extra Refined London Spring Steel Blade with Nib, Polished Rosewood Double Loop handle, Straight Back


No. 48

No. 48 Handsaw

No. 48 Extra Refined London Spring Steel Blade with Nib, Apple Double Loop handle, Straight Back


No. 45

No. 45 Handsaw

No. 45 Apple Handle, Spring Steel Blade with Nib


No. 40

No. 40 Handsaw

No. 40 Early Model with Spring Steel Blade, Nib, Beech Handle


No. 35

No. 35 Handsaw

No. 35 Cast Steel Blade, Beech Handle with Nib


Peace’s “Perfection” Hand Saws

Peace Perfection Saws

Introduced between 1883 and 1884, Peace’s Perfection line of saws (The P70, P68, P47, P45, P37, and P27) are easily distinguished by their “let-in” handles similar to Disston’s D-8 and D-100 models. This improvement was intended to bring the user’s hand “closer to the work” and by moving the saw’s center of gravity. These saws also featured Peace’s patented nickel-plated reinforcing plate which was designed to “stiffen the heel and strengthen the handle”.

P70

P70 Handsaw

P70 Top of the line, Patent-Shaped Apple Handle, Reinforcing Plate, Extra-Refined London Spring Steel


P68

P68 Handsaw. Advertisement courtesy of Pete Taran

P68 Top of the Line, Patent-Shaped Apple Handle, Reinforcing Plate, Extra-Refined London Spring Steel


P47

P47 Handsaw

P47 Apple Handle, Spring Steel, Reinforcing Plate


P37

P37 Handsaw

P37 Beech Handle, Cast Steel Blade, Reinforcing Plate


P27

P27 Handsaw

P27 Etched “G.H. Goble” Walnut Handle, Straight Blade With Nib, Reinforcing Plate


P26

P26 Handsaw

P26 Wheat-Carved Cherry Handle, Reinforcing Plate, Later saws have a Unique Medallion Location


Perfection Saws Featuring Andrew’s Patent handle

The most uncommon type of handsaw Peace made is the Andrews patent handsaw. These saws are unique in that the saw handle is let in to the blade to such an extent that the plate extends part way through the grip of the handle.


P60

P60 Handsaw

Featuring Andrew's patent handle combined with Buell's patent comfort grip handle. Extra London Spring Steel Blade, Carved and Polished Apple Handle.


P45

P45 Handsaw

Spring Steel Blade, Straight Back, No Nib, Rosewood Handle, Polished Edges, Four Brass Improved Screws, one Embossed. E. Andrew's Patented Saw Handle


P35 Handsaw

Spring Steel, Grained Blade, Straight Back, No Nib, Beech Handle, Four Brass Improved Screws, one Embossed. E. Andrew's Patented Saw Handle


Custom-Etched Saws