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Brett

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06-01-2011 09:15 PM

I came across a Disston hand saw that I can’t identify. The blade is very deep over its length (about 9 inches near the handle; about 7 inches near the toe) but only about 16 inches long. The top, front “corner” (at the toe) is a very large curve, not a small, nearly sharp, curve as on many other saws. The badge says Disston Phila.

I have looked on the Disstonian Institute site but have not seen pictures of this saw. It is rusty, so I can’t check the etching. Anybody know what kind of saw this might be?

-- More tools, fewer machines.


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#1 posted 06-01-2011 09:26 PM

You should know by now that the first reply your going to get is someone asking you to post a picture! lol

So can you post a picture?

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 09:35 PM

I was more focused on resisting making a “short and fat” comment.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 09:36 PM

Perhaps it is a 1/2 of a Disston?

How about a picture?

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#4 posted 06-01-2011 09:41 PM

Yeah, I forgot mention that I forgot to take a picture. That’s why I tried to describe it. ;)

Here, I cobbled together a sketch that combines a real Disston saw handle (but not the one on the saw I’m describing) with a diagram of the blade profile as I remember it:

Imagine that there are teeth on the bottom edge. :)

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 10:15 PM

Looks like a modified saw, still desirable for me. You could make a more geometric fore end and add a little dingle on the top. You’d have people guessing for years!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 06-02-2011 06:48 AM

I’ll bet it looked more like this at on time

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#7 posted 06-02-2011 05:49 PM

Maybe it did, but I think that when I saw it, it was a lot shorter than the saws you’ve pictured, Gregn. I didn’t see a “nub” on the upper edge, either. I’ll take a picture when I re-visit the vendor.

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#8 posted 06-02-2011 08:37 PM

I believe it’s known as a flooring saw. The curved portion is used to saw down on a flat surface until the kerf is big enough to use the straight portion of the saw. I forget to ask; are there teeth on the curved portion? If yes, it’s a flooring saw.

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#9 posted 06-02-2011 08:53 PM

I don’t think there were teeth on the curved portion—only on the bottom edge like a “normal” saw.

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