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London was the early centre of tool manufacture, but by the early modern period saws were being made at forges and by specialist smiths in the metalworking areas of the provinces. For example, saws made at Pleasley Forge (Derbyshire) in the 1660s were being exported to Barbados. Sheffield became the major centre of saw‐making from the second half of the 18th century onwards.

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