Bad Axe Fasteners:
Brass Fasteners
Stainless Steel Fasteners
Black-Oxide/Gun-Blued
Carbon Steel Fasteners

Have an old, beat-up saw you want restored? Need cool fasteners for it? Want to have an engraver etch your own mark on the medallion? Maybe etch it for someone special as a gift? Well here you go.

I offer an array of unmarked fasteners available in three alloys and two designs you may use to restore your vintage saw whose nuts have simply gone bad. The menu choices to the right reflects pricing for a single nut/bolt pair, an unmarked medallion nut/bolt pair, and the entire six-piece set for all three fastener pairs.

Why am I doing this? What began as a quest to field gunmetal steel split nuts as an alternative to the easily deformed brass variety, evolved into a grand total of what Bad Axe now offers: three alloys (4140 gunmetal, brass, and stainless steel), two interchangeable designs, and four finishes. All designs are available in either split or slotted nut. In this manner, you can customize the fittings of the Bad Axe saw you purchase, or upgrade a set of ruined fasteners for your vintage saw.

Which ones do I want? Personal aesthetics aside, here are some suggestions from my foxhole, moving from left to right in the top graphic:

  • Gunsmith-blued 4140 gunmetal (two finishes): 4140 carbon steel is a tough, durable alloy gunsmiths swear by, and it takes a great blue. The far left fastener in the graphic above reflects the traditional gunsmith hot caustic salt blue (aka black oxide) that looks great; it's the same bluing you see on my backs. To the right of the brass set is a particularly high-end gunsmith bluing called niter-blue (aka fire-blue among vintage firearms enthusiasts). This is a stunning, iridescent blue normally reserved to highlight the appointments of high-end firearms.
  • Brass: Obviously the most delicate material, but it's a very traditional choice. Looks great against walnut in particular. For those of you with ruined brass split-nuts, you can buy a set of my unmarked version with which to restore your vintage saw. The slotted version is the stronger of the two designs, but many purists will want the classic split-nut version.
  • Stainless: Clear, clean, bright and strong. The contrast looks fabulous against my walnut handle, or for your vintage saw that's darkened over time. A great choice where function trumps form, and it still looks great.

So Mark--why did you go to all this trouble? LOL--I bit off a pretty good bite from a 300-pound cheesecake with this venture, but here it is in a nutshell:

  • Strength:A traditional gunsmith finish on modern alloys offers a stronger fastener set that looks spectacular and won't deform over time like brass will. So I like to think of it as a technoprimitive choice for the Progressive Luddite, yadda yadda yadda. . . .
  • Color code per function: How many times in the middle of a difficult cut have you gazed at your saw till and wondered which one of the pair 'o saws you bought from someone like me is your dedicated ripper, and which one crosscuts? Now, between handle species, back finish and fastener alloy/finish choices, you can customize your saw so a moment's glance will tell you immediately which saw to grab.
  • Bling: Okay, I'll admit it. Saw bling for saw geeks has its place in the world too (though we'd never admit that). The fastener options look great in alternating combinations with the wood species and back finish of your choice.

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All Bad Axe Tool Works Saws Feature the Following:

  • Custom filing available at same price per request
  • Highly-figured 19th-century patterned cherry handles
  • Flush-face slotted brass sawbolts/nuts with a 13/16" deep-dish medallion sawnut
  • Firearms-quality Black-Oxide finish on traditionally-folded steel back
  • Optional bright-polished stainless steel back
  • Premium-grade Swedish Spring Steel, RC50-52, .025" thick
  • I personally guarantee that these saws are SHARP out of the box, with appropriate joint, set and rake. Every tooth does its duty. I fully guarantee this saw for one year after purchase.

Learn more about my material choices and rationale.

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