my name is Mike Hagemyer. My wife and I live in Michigan near
our children and grandchildren. I am just completing a fifty
year engineering career in the machine tool industry and look
forward to spending more time with my family and hobbies (tools
I started learning to use tools in the 1950s as
a youngster growing up on the farm. Back then money was in short
supply and much of what we had was hand made. I feel fortunate
to have been exposed to tools and craftsmanship early on.
Itís a great feeling to be able to shape the
materials around you into what you and others need; especially
when it can be done without derogating the environment. I hope
to be able to share a little of what I have learned with fellow
tool buffs; and many thanks to Wiktor for creating the
opportunity to do so.
I have a special passion for handsaws and some of you may
already know my work. If you have seen the Duck on eBay then you
may have at least seen my ads.
I especially enjoy salvaging old tools that
would otherwise pass to oblivion never to be used again.
Although I spent most of my working life creating automation, I
have a special respect for the basics.
I consider hand saws to be one of those, along
with any other tool that doesnít need to be plugged in. Besides
an extensive collection of hand tools I have and use a few power
One of my favorites is an old saw filer that I restored
and does need to be plugged in. I donít use it a lot but it
certainly is handy for some jobs. I will share more on it
To start with I want to pass on some important
saw sharpening techniques which I feel desperately need to be
clarified. I expect to get some flak from this but thatís ok. If
I help only a few to become better filers and save a few more
saws it will be worth it.
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