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Thread: Saw nib?

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    Saw nib?

    I know this is probably a dumb question but what is the nib for on a hand saw? I have seen them before and thought is was a manufacturing mistake or something. Now I have bought a few Disstons and noticed people apoligizing for the nib missing on a saw! Is it just a Disston thing? I'm sure there's many of you who know (Mike W.) but I'm clueless!! Thanks.

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    This comes up periodically

    There are lots of old galoot tales:

    *They're there to hold a tooth guard on.
    *They can be sharpened to start a cut (why this would be easier than the traditional pulling back of the saw is not clear to me).
    etc.

    My theory is that they exist so people will ask why they exist, but that's a bit tautological and so probably not true.

    I'm told Henry Disston himself said, more or less, that they were the fashion, so they put them on. They do add a nice fillip to the end of the blade.

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    Like Bill mentions, Disston said they served no useful purpose but to break the sightline on the long straight back.

    Truth is, they existed long before ol' Henry. But what they were for, if anything but decoration is yet to be discovered in some dusty tome.

    Take care, Mike

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    Thanks guys. Interesting stuff. The tale of the nib! I had a feeling you could help Mike, especially after I went to your site(for the 600th time) and saw that some of yours have it as well.

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    There was a very interesting thread about this, actually I think there were a couple of 'em. I believe it was on the UK workshop forum. Both were quite informative.
    -Ryan C.

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    Re:Nib starting the cut.

    Bill,so thats the etymology of nibbling? Sorry couldn't resist a little low humor on the subject at this time in the AM!
    Regards,Ralph

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    I hate to admit my ignorance but I don't know what a "saw nib" is. Even Goggle doesn't direct me to an answer. I went to the Wenzloff website and it had some beautiful saws but none indicated they had the mysterious nib.

    Can someone post a link or a picture of a saw nib?

    Thanks,
    Dave

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    On the end opposite of the handle on the top of the blade it's that little hump. If that helps any lol
    -Ryan C.

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    Dave,
    As Ryan stated - the little 'nib' toward the top front.




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    Thanks for the information

    I appreciate your speedy replies.

    Now that I know what it is I will keep my eyes open for them......

    Thanks,