old tools box restoration #5: Dovetails saw

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Blog entry by bern92 posted 03-07-2010 06:32 AM 3073 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a nice dovetails saw that came from my old tools box. It’s stamped J.D. Darlington, i think from my little research this was a line of saw from Disston but i’m no expert in hand saw so maybe some one could help me.

I think it came out nice, cut like a knife….

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 07:20 AM

nice work! are u gonna refinnish the handle?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 03:58 PM

J.D. Darlington was a “off brand” for Harvey Peace brand saws. Like Disston and the “Jackson” brand.

You can tell it was probably a Peace from the handle, Peace liked to use those odd shapes where the handle met the saw. I have a closed handle backsaw with a similar design.

Peace was bought out by Disston before 1900 and Disston carried on their lines for a while. From what I can see of the medallion though it has the Vulcan arm on it (muscled arm/hammer). Harvey Peaces shop was the Vulcan Tools works. I have an odd duck saw that was produced by Vulcan Tool works for a guy who owned a specific patent for a saw handle.

I’m not sure why the shop that made the saws was called something different from the main line of saws (Harvey W. Peace) but there you go.

I’ve never seen an open handle quite like that by Peace though, most of his open handles where more rounded at the blade intersection.

Very nice saw.

Because of that, unless it said Warranted Superior it was made before the Disston buy out.

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