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The Tool Gathering Odessy #5: Show off time!

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 01-17-2008 11:59 PM 2041 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Come Together...Right Now...Over me! Part 5 of The Tool Gathering Odessy series Part 6: Oddities of Gatherings »

The Thursday after payday is like Christmas for me. Why? Easy. That’s when the tools I bought the previous payday typically arrive! Today was a pretty big haul for me, and since I’ve mentioned these tools before, I have to make sure they actually exist by posting them. So, without further ado, here we go!

First is this 12” Tenon saw. It’s marked WARRANTED SUPERIOR in a manner that reminds me of Disston saws. The metal is darkened from either age or some treatment, but the metal is pretty smooth with very little iptting from previous rust. There are no etchings on the blade, so it’s really anyone’s guess who the maker actually is.

Tenon Saw

This was not the only saw…oh no! First is one marked Shapleigh’s Hardware Diamond Edge. The handle again reminds me of a Disston, but the seller felt it may be a Harvey Peace saw. Further investigation will be forthcoming.

Shapleigh's Saw

Now, with two saws that I felt might be Disston’s already, you’d think that was enough. But oh no! We just can’t have that, now can we? Nope! This one IS a Disston. A D8 to be exact. The medallion on the handle and the etching on the blade tell the tale here!

D8

If that was all I’d brought home, that would be enough. But wait, there’s more! That’s right! For the low, low price of $19.99 was this Diamond Edge jointer plane. This was put out by Shapleigh’s Hardware, but was typically produced by other companies like Stanley or Sargent.

DE7

I’m still waiting on the Stanley #45 I won :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!



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Tomcat1066

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#1 posted 01-18-2008 12:31 AM

An added note…my photography SUCKS!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#2 posted 01-18-2008 12:40 AM

Looking forward to seeing them after you clean them up.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-18-2008 12:42 AM

Thanks Gary! I’m looking forward to that time too! The Disston should clean up REAL nice :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#4 posted 01-18-2008 01:48 AM

Forgive my ignorance . . . but what is special about a Disston? I know nothing about hand saws.

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#5 posted 01-18-2008 01:57 AM

Disston saws were sort of like the Adria saws of their day. Very good quality that will last a lifetime. I finally dated the Disston D8. It’s from the 1896-1917 time period. Not many of the saws in Home Depot will last that long! ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#6 posted 01-18-2008 02:50 AM

Disston is the first name in American saw mass manufacturing. Adria saws are by contrast artisan made individually via short run methods. Disston’s metallurgical acumen was matched only by his foresight and embracing the early Industrial Age and the large scale manufacturing processes indicative of that time period.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#7 posted 01-18-2008 02:52 AM

Um . . . Im not sure what an Adria saw is either . . . but I get your drift.

I have this old saw out in the shop with a medallion in the handle. I must take a look.

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#8 posted 01-18-2008 02:52 AM

I was trying to simplify it, but jcees said it far better than I could have :)

Zuki,

Post a pic of that medallion if you could. I’d love to take a look.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Zuki

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#9 posted 01-19-2008 02:32 AM

I checked out in the shop today . . . I actually have 2 Disstons . . . a D8 and a D7.

They were just hung on the wall. Im not sure what to do with them now ?

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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#10 posted 01-19-2008 02:36 AM

Zuki,

Go to this page and match up your medallions to date them! Just let me know how old they are ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#11 posted 01-19-2008 11:55 AM

Hey, I have the same M & Ms saxophone guy. Good luck with the clean-up, they should come out great.

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#12 posted 01-19-2008 01:20 PM

Yeah, my father in law works for M&M/Mars, so we have M&M guys everywhere! It doesn’t help that my uncle worked there too, once upon a time. We’re definitely an M&M family :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#13 posted 01-21-2008 10:13 PM

Tomcat, You got me wondering as well and Looking at the couple of saws I found in my father’s shed. I noticed one is definatly a Diston. the other two have the medalion that that says WARRANTED SUPERIOR . I’ll see if I can get a decent picture and check out the website later this evening.
Hopefully these can be cleaned up. They are not that bad shape.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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