Yes I get it.
I know exactly what you mean. I spent most of my life in the north east, and I took the ability to find planes or hand saws at any flea market or antique store for granted. Now, even in Georgia it’s tough to find good stuff. Upon a recent Visit home, I found my mom had purchased a dozen or so “old handsaws” to paint scenes on, as wall decorations. I cherry picked the lot and came up with what I believe is a Harvey Peace P-40…From around 1850’s. First saw I’ve come across with split nuts. It will take some elbow grease, but I’m hoping to have her up and running once again!
As far as tool acquisitions, I’ve turned to Hyperkitten.com. The gentlemen running it seems very fair on pricing, and actually sends you the tool to inspect before accepting payment…A rare find in this internet age. He only posts new tools about once per month…And when he does, they go very fast….within hours it seems.