The Disstonian medallion series is now taken as the benchmark. As with any text-book, some of the info will stand the test of time, some of it won’t, I guess. And new information may come along to help explain what appears to me to be an anomaly, in the case of BILs saw The carved handle on the saw in question could be a transplant from an earlier saw or it could be a later D-7 handle that was carved by an owner after manufacture. Did the saw show evidence of being rehandled such as extra or odd sized screw holes? Nope, I’d say I was probably the first person to have taken the handle off since it was put on in the factory.
No 9 to No 99— A Disston with panache!
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Disston Saw Works of Philadelphia was one of the better known and highly regarded manufacturers of handsaws in the United the Machine Age, as Henry Disston & Sons, Inc., it was a supplier of industrial saw blades.A successor corporation, still active in Philadelphia, is called Disston Precision.
Roberts also adds his commentary on the importance of pattern books, the history of the Birmingham tool industry, and comments on individual plates. It’s apparently become a somewhat scarce and desirable book based on the used prices on Amazon and Abe. This history goes on to describe the plane making industry throughout the 19th century with pictures of planemaking tools, original correspondence and invoices, and amazing photos. The pictures of the original planemaking jigs and fixtures actually used at the Union factory are alone worth the price of the book.
This is an exceptionally we–lpreserved copy in nearly new condition. This page book is one of the must-haves for anyone serious about wooden planes. It covers the history of wooden planes in America including their ultimate demise in the early 20th century.
Hand saw dating
After searching three tool-swap meets without success, I grew tired of the hunt and asked Matt Cianci at the SawWright. There I watched him sharpen a few saws and tried out several of the saws he had sharpened or made. The guy is dead serious about saws, and his filework is both crisp and precise. For those who are curious about the configurations of my saws, here are the details of what I like in toolbox saws. The saw is taper-ground. That is a good general filing configuration for a crosscut saw — a filing I also have on my full-size handsaw.
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The skew-backed profile of the saw plates caught my eye and when I looked closer at the medallions they looked like older Disston saws even though one medallion in particular was obscured by buildup and totally illegible. I used some citrus-based stripping gel on the painted saw plate as well as the handle someone had made a horrible attempt at staining it.
I unscrewed the brass fasteners and removed the handles. After soaking the brass pieces in some warm, soapy water for a bit, I inserted them into my drill chuck one at a time and polished with some polishing cloth. The emblem on one medallion indicated a saw made between and the other indicated a saw made between I used the extensive resources available at the Disstonian Institute to date the saws.
This has been one of the colder winters I can remember here in the northeast but I welcome the warmer weather as I write this. Spring is a time for renewal, doubly so as the coffers are getting low. I look forward to finding some new treasures and the adventures that go along with them. I did make it out to the midwest tool show, Cabin Fever, in January, and this year it truly was cabin fever as many of the members traveling from Ohio and the midwest were having their own winter wonderland.
Hi everyone, I picked up a block plane at the thrift store that is a Sargent as best as I can tell. I was trying to get a little more information on the date of manufacture, but the information I have come across is incomplete or unclear.
I have a question about dating Disston saws by their medallions. From what I have read here and elsewhere, it seems that a Disston saw could be dated fairly well by its Medallion, as shown on the Disstonian Institute web site. Recently I showed a saw I have to a blacksmith I was asking about straightening a curved blade and he asserted that the saw was not nearly as old as I told him the Medallion indicated it was an medallion, according to the Disstonian Institute.
He felt sure the saw was no more than 50 years old. He did collect antiques, including some old saws. The ones on the walls of his blacksmith shop were all beat up and no longer usable. He had no handsaws there and I am not sure how much he knows about them. His point was not that an old medallion could have been put on a newer saw as a kind of fraud, but rather that the medallion had little to do with age.
He said it had more to do with patents. I was wondering if there is anything to this. Could the assumptions that seems to be so common about dating these saws be wrong? Or was he just in error? As a newbie, and someone who wants to buy some old tools for use, I would like to know! Thanks for any help you can give me.
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5 Henry disston & sons hand saws dating back to the 30’s.
Keystone Saw Works David wrote: Or am I missing something? I am hoping Erv or Pete will weigh in on this issue but in the meantime I’ll take a crack at it. Disston used the ‘Keystone’ moniker on some of their second quality lines of saws, such as the Keystone ‘K’ line produced around the time of the H. These saws usually had ‘Warranted Superior’ saw medallions. Some second line Disston saws had a keystone outline in the medallion without the scales in the center.
As far as I can tell, Disston used two basic types of etchings on their ‘best’ line of saws. The examples from which I draw this conclusion are post , by the way. One etching, used on the 7, 12, , 16, some of the 4 backsaws and maybe others, was fairly small and oval in outline. This etching has ‘Keystone Saw Works’ in it. The second type of etching, used on the D-8’s, D ‘s, D ‘s, D-7’s and others has a outline with the keystone shaped insignia and scales in it but without the words, ‘Keystone Saw Works’.
Since the 12’s and ‘s were known to be higher quality saws than the D-8’s and the D-8 a higher quality saw than the 7, the presence or absence of the term ‘Keystone Saw Works’ does not of itself have much to say about the quality of the saw. The better WWII or earlier Disston saws had rosewood, tenite plastic as in the D or carved apple handles, ‘London Spring Steel’ blades, and were double-taper ground.
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When looking for tools, the older the better but it must be in a condition that can be restored and used. I found it laying on a table under a stack of cheap hand saws and was surprised to see something like this at a flea market and not an antique store. How did I know it was old? You can see in the picture below that this saw is missing a spanner nut.
However, Disston did not start making the D until so that narrows it down significantly. I rarely use the word “rare” but rip saws of this age and condition are few and far between.
I’ve been using Somax sets, same design as the Eclipse Not just the same design, Rob, they are almost identical! I’ve been using a ‘blue’ Somax the one for finer teeth for quite a while, and it seems to do its job very satisfactorily. I’ve found that regularly lubricating them is essential. I’ve been doing this all along but your comment prompted me to write about it.
The best lube I’ve found is lithium soap type grease. I use plain old motor oil on mine, which is ok. I’ll try the grease next time I have one apart. Apart from a consistent squeeze each time, I try to place the set so the plunger hits each tooth smack in the middle. And don’t try to talk to me, either, until I’ve finished the whole side! U Cheers, hiroller 19th Dec ,