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Brett

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05-11-2011 02:31 PM

Beginner question:

I bought an old Disston D-23 hand saw for $6 at an antique mall. It has a very narrow tip, a lot like the one shown here (this is not my listing, it just shows a saw similar to mine).

Has my saw been sharped so many times that it is nearly “used up,” or were some saw sold this way?

-- More tools, fewer machines.


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#1 posted 05-11-2011 02:44 PM

I wouldn’t say used up, but rather well used for sure.

Maybe you could shorten it and make a tool box saw out of it.

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#2 posted 05-11-2011 03:26 PM

They actualy made them in that shape, very narrow tip. I think they were called shipwrites saws or something along that line, I’ve got one as well..

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#3 posted 05-11-2011 03:59 PM

Were the D-23 models made as ship saws? I have second D-23 with the same etching that looks “normal” compared to the first one.

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#4 posted 05-11-2011 04:09 PM

That looks intentional to me. Boy, that is a gorgeous saw.

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#5 posted 05-11-2011 04:47 PM

If you follow the link to that eBay offering above (again, not mine) and look closely at the sixth picture, you’ll see that the teeth are right next to the key-stone-shaped etching. Does that indicate the saw has been sharpened a bunch of times, or could it have been made that way?

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#6 posted 05-11-2011 05:30 PM

I have a saw that was made similiar to this one except the tip has a rounded shape. It was made this way. This particular saw has been sharpened a BUNCH of times. I think it is used up. Notice how close the teeth come to the handle. This saw will work but as we say in the trade it is nearing the end of its useful life.

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#7 posted 05-11-2011 05:32 PM

Used up or not, if you’re looking to sell it, I like looking at it! :)

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#8 posted 05-11-2011 05:41 PM

I didn’t say it was used up. It is almost used up….like many of us. (speaking for myself of course)

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#9 posted 05-11-2011 08:02 PM

I think the handle is the giveaway in the photo (I know it’s not yours) but normally the blade extends below the handle. In this photo is doesn’t, indicating it has been resharpen/retoothed numerous times.

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#10 posted 05-11-2011 08:14 PM

Since both of my saws are D-23s, maybe I’ll get rid of the “used up” blade and combine the good blade with the better handle.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#11 posted 05-11-2011 09:03 PM

I have 2 D-23’s. I just measured the tips. Both are 1 and 1/4” wide at the tip, that includes the tooth. They are both in good serviceable condition.

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