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Forum topic by BeardGuy posted 08-15-2015 04:58 PM 594 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2015 04:58 PM

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Hey guys,

I’m sure this comes up a lot, but I’m a little in the woods on a couple of saws I picked up today. I’ve got a little experience in rough carpentry and framing, but I’m trying to get started in traditional hand woodworking. I stopped by an estate sale today and found 5 Disston hand saws that weren’t in terrible shape, and managed to get them for $7.

I’ve gone through the disston institute and used the medallions to try to place them roughly by year, and the screw patterns in the handles to try to determine the model. The etching is not clear on any of them (hopefully after some cleaning it will be). Two of them I’m confident are HK era saws and consequently will likely be turned into scrapers. 2 of them have medallions that apparently indicate they predate 1900 (from what I can tell). I’m pretty sure the last one of them is a pre-war 20th century Disston. So I figure it was a pretty good haul for $7.

Now, the problem is I can’t identify the models. The two that (I think) predate 1900 have skew backs and (I think) ship points. All three of the pre-HK saws have cross cut teeth. I’ll post pictures in the thread…if anybody can help out I would really appreciate it.

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#1 posted 08-16-2015 01:38 AM

Great for $7. I don’t know these like some of the guys do, so if nobody sees this go ahead and post in the saws thread:

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#2 posted 08-20-2015 05:53 PM

The first two look like skew-back D8 saws to me. Nice saws. Both have been sharpened an awful lot, hence the real narrow/tapered tips. The third one is probably a D7 (straight back). But I don’t know much. I assume you’ve checked out

It’s a great resource for all things Disston.

Nice find at $7.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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