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Forum topic by patcollins posted 10-17-2015 03:55 PM 494 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2015 03:55 PM

Can anyone identify the saws in the picture? What would you expect to pay for each? My friend bought these at an auction, just trying to help him out.

Pat


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#1 posted 10-18-2015 12:40 AM

Ok, I’m not as good as many of the guys here, but until they pop in I’ll give my $.02. The top one is at best a Disston USA from the 1950s or later and at worst a knockoff from there or later.

The second one has the earlier pre-1918 handle style of a Disston with the curve in front of where the ring finger knuckle would be, but I can’t id it more. If it’s a Disston from that era it’s half decent at worst, but it’s got some rust on the plate so not worth a ton unless it’s a rare model. Closer picture of the handle and etch may help and have a look at the Disstonian institute’s site to see if you can identify it more.

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#2 posted 10-18-2015 12:54 AM

The top saw is next to worthless. I would pass it up at a yard sale for $1.

The bottom saw is, I believe, a post-1928 Disston D-115 with rosewood handle. In it’s present condition it might bring $20 on ebay.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#3 posted 10-18-2015 02:15 PM

Why is the top one worthless? Is it not a good saw, or just not collectible?

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#4 posted 10-18-2015 04:00 PM

It is nearly worthless in terms of sale value. You asked what we would expect to pay for them. However, if you needed a saw and that was the only one you had, it would certainly be worth something to you. If sharpened properly, it would cut just fine. The handle would be uncomfortable to use.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#5 posted 10-18-2015 05:29 PM



It is nearly worthless in terms of sale value. You asked what we would expect to pay for them. However, if you needed a saw and that was the only one you had, it would certainly be worth something to you. If sharpened properly, it would cut just fine. The handle would be uncomfortable to use.

- summerfi

Thanks, I don’t know much about vintage tools and I was just curious of the whys also.

I notice some people paying prices for certain ones that i just don’t get why.

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