THE SAW - The Most Important
Tool in the Carpenter’s Kit
In order to do the best work with the least exertion, your saw
must be made of the proper material and scientifically
Atkins Silver Steel Saws have marked an epoch in the history of
the saw. They are not only made of the very best material, but
are constructed on new, exclusive scientific principles which
are instantly appreciated by the buyer of the tools.
SILVER STEEL is the invention of Mr. E. C. Atkins, the founder
of E. C. ATKINS & CO. He was the first manufacturer of saws to
realize that high-class mechanics would appreciate the greatest
value and finest quality. SILVER STEEL was born of this idea.
It is manufactured under a special formula for E. C. ATKINS &
CO. (exclusively). Nothing but virgin ore is used, combined with
the finest and most expensive ingredients, and the result is a
steel of as high quality as the finest RAZOR STEEL. No saw is a
genuine SILVER STEEL SAW unless the name SILVER STEEL is plainly
etched on the blade.
ALL ATKINS SILVER STEEL SAWS are tempered by gas. The degree of
temper to be given to each blade is prescribed by the chemist in
the laboratory and, regulated in the tempering room by
mechanical devices which insure absolute uniformity.
They are not dependent upon the judgment of any one man, nor
subjected to the variation which might occur by the
old-fashioned "rule of the thumb."
The use of this heat treatment renders the blade uniformly tough
and hard without being brittle, and prevents hard and soft spots
which sometimes occur in blades of inferior and cheaper
The saw cuts and wears evenly throughout the entire blade. This
is one of the reasons why a SILVER STEEL SAW will retain its
cutting edge longer than any other. This also enables you to
file the saw easier, and to make each tooth uniform.
The catalog presented here was made available by the
generosity of Mark Stansbury.
Mark designed and maintains several websites dedicated to
hand tools of 19th century. Here are a few links that will take
you to his sites: