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The Slippery Slope #17: Unicorn Sighting - Disston No. 99

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 05-30-2014 01:15 PM 1329 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: Great. Now tools are finding me. Part 17 of The Slippery Slope series Part 18: 1874-1875 Disston No 7 »

Ive reported my latest discovery over on the saw thread but I felt it deserved its own post. I was out yesterday heading to look at a job for work and decided to swing through an antique shop. Things were pretty overpriced the last time I stopped by but like any rust junky Im always hopeful. I headed into the tool room and instantly a saw grabbed my attention. It had 3 medallions and 1 spanner nut instead of your typical 1 medallion and 3 spanner nuts. Marked down from $55 to $25 I snatched it up and headed out to grab a bite.

As I sat down for some roadside fare I searched the interwebz for some information on my saw. My first stop was the disstonian institute. Browsing through it I had my saw pegged as a No. 99. A top end saw made from “extra refined” London Spring Steel, and as quoted “with more hardware than a French General”.

Digging further into the internet I couldn’t find a many of these saws that had been sold or recorded. I do believe ive found the unicorn.

Handle:

And as I started cleaning it up I found a “99” stamped into the plate which was covered up by the handle:

Removing some rust from the plate ive come across a very nice, legible etch:

The sickness continues with no end in sight.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty



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ToddJB

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#1 posted 05-30-2014 01:52 PM

She’s a beaut. Teeth look big. 5tpi? Need her stats, stat!

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 05-30-2014 01:58 PM

Ya now I didn’t measure the teeth but id say somewhere in the 5-6 ppi range Todd. Most definitely filed rip with a healthy amount of set to it. 24” long for those wondering as well.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Slyy

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#3 posted 05-30-2014 02:24 PM

Three medallion’d beast, 99 is 3×33 perhaps the mark of the beast instead of a unicorn?
Most excellent find my friend!!!!!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#4 posted 05-30-2014 02:28 PM

Congrats bud. I’m happy for you.

-- ~Tony

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7Footer

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#5 posted 05-30-2014 03:57 PM

Killer saw dood, she’s a beaut. “Extra Disston” ... Etch looks nice. Are the top and bottom medallions the same? They look similar but different than the middle one… What a score.

Got diapers?

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." -

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chrisstef

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#6 posted 05-30-2014 04:13 PM

Thanks 7. All 3 medallions are the same depiction with the middle one being slightly larger in diameter than the others though.

Have baby, gots mad diapers.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Tim

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#7 posted 05-30-2014 06:53 PM

That is so sweet. Gives you hope the good stuff is still out there. Nice etch too.

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SASmith

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#8 posted 05-30-2014 09:08 PM

Sweet find.
I looked through ebay’s sold listings and only saw one that had been sold.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 05-30-2014 10:15 PM

Good slueth work Scott. Kinda blows my mind that theres only one documented sale of a 99. Pretty cool.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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489tad

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#10 posted 05-30-2014 11:48 PM

Great find. It will be interesting when you find out more of the history of the saw.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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chrisstef

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#11 posted 06-07-2014 11:13 AM

Heres the final pics of the cleaned up 99. Yet to be sharpened.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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ToddJB

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#12 posted 06-07-2014 02:55 PM

Have you pranced around the house yet in you tighty whities holdng the butt of the saw to your forehead at a 45 degree angle yelling “I’m a mythical creature of power and fortune”?

Looks great, brother.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#13 posted 06-07-2014 03:01 PM

Screws aren’t clocked properly though! Everything else is great, i guess. ;-0

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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