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12-05-2018 12:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: disston jackson gorham combination saw hand saw question

Hi, my first time on your site but you seem to be the fountain of knowledge when it comes to hand tools. I am after some information regarding a Disston No.29 6ppi combination crosscut saw (complete with scratch awl) that came in my possession via my father. I have done some study and found that Disston combination saws were originally patented by Jackson Gorham but no one seems to know how they started to be manufactured by Disston (at least I cannot find any information). There is no Disston stamp as such on the blade and no Disston medallion is present on the handle. although the Disston Keystone Saw Works emblem is clearly visible. Jackson Gorhams name is also clearly visible on the blade. I know it was their economy model of their combination saws. I am having trouble dating it. The limited information I have garnered is slightly confusing as the website Take a Dip Tools (takeadip.tripod.com) – Combination Saws by Bob Garay quotes from Erwin L. Schaffer’s book “HAND-SAW MAKERS OF NORTH AMERICA” to state that the No.29 was only manufactured between 1858 and 1860. Interestingly enough on another article written by Bob Garay on the Takeadip.com website he quotes the same dates but underneath a picture of the No.29 then states that the No.29 was manufactured between 1856 and 1918. Not sure what to make of that so hoping someone might have an idea of its true date? Any other information on this saw would be appreciated especially the best way to clean the blade (some surface rust is present). I have added a couple of photos that may help with my questions. Thanks.

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#2 posted 12-05-2018 05:21 PM

Dang! I got to have me one of those #43s! That thing is dead sexy.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 12-07-2018 12:05 PM

So can anyone nail down the date on the No.29 1858-1860 or 1856-1918?

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#4 posted 12-07-2018 01:56 PM



So can anyone nail down the date on the No.29 1858-1860 or 1856-1918?

- Antipodean

The link that Johnny7 provided is to excerpts from the 1911 catalog. So I’d go with 1856-1918 at a guess.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 12-07-2018 09:43 PM

And yes it does – totally missed that! Thanks Johnny7 for the link and thanks HokieKen for making me read it properly this time. Much appreciated guys.

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