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268873 Thomas Conroy 2019‑07‑11 Re: New Brand to Me, BSV
No entry for Buckeye Saw Vise in Lamonde.

    On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 1:46:22 PM PDT, Kirk Eppler via Ba-galoots  wrote:
I previously mentioned missing out on an Ohio 04-1/4 plane, but won some
spokeshaves that were going to get expensive due to shipping and handling.
Total cost for 2 spokeshaves was $20, so i got away better than I expected.  The
first was a Stanley 53 with the adjustable mouth, my favorite user.  The other
appeared to be a Stanley 60, so I wasn't too excited about it.
Got it home, opened the box, and realized something was different,  The 60 had
stippled blade hold downs, something I am used to seeing on a different brand of
spokeshave, the Stearns from 1934 (the double is called a #2)
Flipped it over looking for any ID on the back, and there was BSV Co.  Never
heard of them, and I couldn't figure it into Stearns or  anyone like that.
Decided to google it, turns out to be Buckeye Saw Vise, a company with Cleveland
roots.  Apparently there is an article on the web that someone killed in a Snit
Fit, so I have to research again on my own.  (If someone has a copy, I'd
appreciate hearing about it!)
Here is where I startedhttps://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?264895-B-S-V-Co  

Looks like one path** had John W. Gaede as a founder, (also Garde) here is the
alternate spelling origin.  Looks like a typo
Hendricks Commercial Register lists them in 1891 (dang snippet view)  this is
all I get "Buckeye Saw Vise Co. (“Foote”), Cleveland, A 1905 Iron Age listing
ties that in a bit with this link saying the JB Foote Foundry Company of
Frederickstown Ohio is selling  a Buckeye Saw Vise
In 1917, the American Builder , Vol 24 has a listing for Buckeye Mfg & Foundry
company of Cleveland making the "Buckeye" saw vise.  Not sure if this is a name
change, re assignment of a brand, or what.
So it seems they were in business from 1891 to 1917 or so, when they dropped out
of the Amerian Builder type magazines, and then in 1925, they show up as a
possible forfeited business in a Secretary of State report.  Alternate web
searches turn up planes, butt gages, smooth planes, as well as saw vises.

Some interesting stuff, MJD claimed back in 2004 (list 1494) that BSV made
planes for Shapleigh Diamond Edge.  He has a handle on ebay making that same
claim.   This link may solve that questionhttp://www.leevalley.com/en/newsletters/Woodworking/1120/patents.htm

| A "DIAMOND EDGE" SMOOTHING PLANE, No. DE04, by Shapleigh Hardware, St. Louis,
Missouri, patented November 22, 1904. These planes were produced for Shapleigh
by the Buckeye Saw Vise Company."

guess I should add a bit of this to the DAT additions file I am working on.

Anyone have a catalog? Nothing at Archive.org |

Oh yeah, and the pictures of minehttps://kirkhmb.smugmug.com/Woodworking/Shaves-and-

** Another (wrong) branch had a pair of brothers descended from Ohlen the saw
maker. Here is one claim that may be wrong.https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/buckeye-plane-

The Buckeye Saw Vise Company was founded in 1896 in Columbus, Ohio by brothers
John and Charles Ohlen, who had apprenticed with their saw-making father, James
Ohlen. The brothers appropriated the name of their new company from the nickname
Ohioans had adopted for themselves, after the nut of the Ohio Buckeye tree, so
called because the pattern on its nuts is said to resemble the eye of a male
whitetail deer.

The above link may have confused several names, per an Iron Age period reference
from 1893.  Charles and John may have formed the Buckeye Company, and later
changed it to the Buckeye Saw Manufacturing Co. An 1899 Columbus city directory
puts them at the Buckeye Saw Manufacturing Co. We are gonnna let that side of
the potential story die.  But I should add Buckeye Saw Manufacturing Co to DAT
additions file too.
Kirk Eppler in HMB, CA, about researched out for today

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