I was recently in Crete and visited a museum in Heraklion and stumbled across this exhibit containing bronze age wood working tools.
The saws I guess were around 5 to 6 feet in length and looked around 1/4" thick. The ends had holes bored probably for wooden handles and the saws were intended for 2 man use. The tooth profile appeared to be cross cut without any fleam. Indeed the label with the exhibit also said it was a crosscut saw.
How the profile was cut was anybodies guess as iron hadn't been discovered at that stage.
There were a number of saws all in remarkable condition considering their age which was from around 1700BC - around 3700 years old.
I wonder how many Disston saws will be around in another 3600 years time.
|3 bronze saws|
|The label showing the age|
|more teeth profiles|
|A very long saw that had been folded over|