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Saw Set or Wrest

1770-1850
Origin: England
Overall length: 6 3/4" Width of blade: 1 1/4"
Wood, steel, and brass
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1992-114
Early-type saw set with a brass-bolstered wooden handle and a tapering rectangular blade of lenticular section, cut with six tooth slots on one side and seven on the other.
Label:For certain saws to cut wood properly, they need to be both sharp, and “set” properly. This wrest, cut with thirteen slots, was used to slightly bend or set each saw tooth in alternating directions.