I went to the car boot sale at Llandygai where I live and found this old tenon saw. It’s one made by R Groves & Sons and though I have larger and smaller versions by this quality maker dating from the 1770’s, this one is not a 14” but a shorter 12” and a size I like.
I think that £7.50 ($12 USD) for a good old saw like this is a fair price. It will take me an hour to restore it and when I’m done it will be as good as any of the top end saws on the market. There’s a little surface pitting of old, but I quite like that and it makes no difference to the function of the saw. One thing about old and well-used saws is that the steel is worn thinner and smoother too. Thin saws take much less effort to use provided you don’t overset them, which makes them of a functionality the same as saws with thicker steel plates.
Another thing I really like too is the fineness of the handle and the fact that it so fits my hand. Many saw handles are too big, even for my largish hands. The circumference of a saw handle is important.