So if you tend to sand handles smooth and refinished I’d urge you to reconsider this heavy-handed reaction to the saw’s character.
So in closing, the thought behind this sign may be: think before you borrow, or more simply, keep your hands off my shit.
This company was best known for making handsaws, circular sawblades and bandsaw blades, but they also made grinders and cooperage machinery. Atkins started business under his own name in 1855.
The following year he moved from Cleveland, OH, to Indianapolis, and formed a partnership with W. An 1858 ad shows that he had licensed and manufactured patented designs for muley saws and crosscut saws.
Importance of Getting Your Article Right First and then Advertising it Emphasized by the Experience of the Manufacturers—How E. Atkins Started a Business that Now Employs 1200 Men in the Home Plant—Sought Publicity Through the Trade Papers First—Now Uses General Magazines and Weeklies. Year after year the Atkins output increases in volume and the expenditures for advertising space grow apace.