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SpiffyGiffy

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03-06-2017 04:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: handsaw advise kijiji

hello
Im new here
These 2 saws recently popped up on my local kijiji. only info given is that they are 26 inches long. Ive done a bit of research and to me they look like disstons because of the medallions but I know other saw makers used the same ones. Also I couldn’t find any disstons that had the same configuration of rivets as well as those grain carvings on the handles.

Can anyone of you good people identify them, if so are they decent and are they worth the asked 25 Canadian pesos each?
chow

-- Giffy


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#1 posted 03-06-2017 05:05 PM

I’ll give it to you straight: These are neither particularly old, desirable, or in good shape.
Probably 1950s-60s, and 25.00 each is crazy high (in my opinion)

They probably are Disston (or Disston/HK Porter, post 1955) products, given that I think I see a keystone outline in the medallion, but these are made long after the “golden-age” of handsaws, and that is why you will not find a match on the various Disston sites.

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#2 posted 03-06-2017 06:02 PM

I have a couple saws like that that I bough to just use. I paid $5 each for them. There’s really no collector value to them that I know of unless someone wants to paint them to hang on the wall. Mine were sharp cause no one ever used them but they work fine for me. I tend to use electric saws but keep these around for small stuff. I do know the Canadian dollar is a bit off from the US dollar but 25 seems a bit to high.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#3 posted 03-06-2017 11:19 PM

Can anyone of you good people identify them, if so are they decent and are they worth the asked 25 Canadian pesos each?
chow

- SpiffyGiffy


Welcome to LumberJocks.

I’m also in Ottawa and keep a pretty good watch on Kijiji (FWIW, most LJs here aren’t Canadian, so they don’t use Kijiji; they use Craig’s List [CL] or something else instead). The first saw in the ad (your second picture) is definitely a Disston, and the other looks to be one as well. You can gett a better idea from the Disstonian Institute. These saws look to be in pretty fair condition for the price for what you can expect around here, but they are a little more expensive than what most LJs would expect to pay.

Lots of good hand saw info to be found here: Saws, using collecting, cleaning and buying. To start from the beginning, click the “view all” link.

Edit: The previous 2 posters appear to entirely accurate about their assessments of these saws. IMO, for a user, these saws would work well enough after a good sharpening. I’ve used KJP with good success.

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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#4 posted 03-09-2017 04:20 AM

Thanks very much all
I didn’t make the purchase, thanks for the advice.
this has gotten me learning about old hand saws which is a blast, the saw referb forum is fantastic.
I think my next project is going to be finding and overhauling some old saws. I want to get some old beaters to practice sharpening on but not these ones.
chow

-- Giffy

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#5 posted 04-22-2017 04:12 PM

So, it’s been a month and a half…

Have you found any locally? Here’s one that just came up on Kijiji and I thought it might suit you. $10, sharp and in Barrhaven.

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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