A World War II saw

 

Recently we were given a saw which we find interesting. It came from Vicarage Farm in Easterton but clearly has a military origin.

The saw comes in what looks like a small kit bag – a canvas pouch.

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Military saw pouch

Inside the lid of the pouch it is marked with the war department arrow symbol. It is very faded.

The War Department arrow head can just be made out

The War Department arrow head can just be made out

Inside the pouch there are the makings of a substantial two man saw, capable of sawing down quite substantial trees.

Military saw pouch

The contents of this saw pouch

Here we have the rolled up saw blade, two double handles and a saw set for getting the angles of the teeth correct. That should have a wooden handle as well and there should also be a file for sharpening the teeth.

With the items out of the pouch we can see it is purpose built for this saw.

pockets in the pouch

Pockets in the pouch

Here we can see the pockets for the four handles and the two maintenance tools. The blade fits neatly in the middle.

Assembled, the saw looks like this.

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The blade has a cutting length of 42 inches – that’s well over a metre.

The teeth are big, bold and sharp.

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We believe this item to be of World War 2 age but seek advice from any expert in the field of military saws.

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3 Responses to “A World War II saw”

  1. Phil F . Says:

    Roger, I never thought to look but most welcome. W.D items used to have the arrow stamped on every item, is there any mark on the saw.phil F .

  2. barbara Says:

    I have been following this wonderful web-site for a couple of months, mostly to research one particular soldier, Thomas Marlow who served with the army reserve corp 3rd mobilization company (larkhill) and died at Tidworth military hospital in 1917, this site has provided me with a wonderful post card Thomas sent to his wife. this last batch of old cards about pond farm camp provide an insight to the life of he must have experienced. any more info would be must appreciated. Thank you

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