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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 04-29-2012 01:57 PM 753 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2012 01:57 PM

I reluctantly walked away from some handsaws yesterday, most of which were early (IMO) examples of Disstons, from a garage sale that was chock full of old barn stuff. These were all $3.00 each I’ve already got perhaps 20 old saws that have not yet made it to the sharpener’s shop! I walked away, wishing I knew what to look for. Same with bit braces. I have no idea if there is a specific model that carries a premium price.

I’ve accumulated most of my handplane menagerie by going to yard sales, antique shops and flea markets. I’ve got a pretty good handle on plane values, and indeed I’ll snag an odd duck just because it IS different. Just about every plane I see goes home with me unless it is blatantly overpriced, or damaged beyond repair.

So… what do I do, what are the right things to look for, are there certain medallions to look for, certain handles that signify value as a collectible, or what? Is there a holy grail for the saw collectors, like a #1 or #2 Stanley plane is to plane collectors? Are there specific bit braces that I should be keeping my eye out for?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 04-29-2012 02:44 PM

Just in case: http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/index.html

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 03:15 PM

One brace that you should keep an eye open for is the Stanley 2101/2101A. These are often marked “Bell Systems” and tend to bring a pretty good buck. Most have a button instead of the collar for forward/reverse and since Chris Schwarz annointed them a couple years ago, the price has gone way up. I’ve seen some go fro $75.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 04-29-2012 03:43 PM

Thanks, guys! Good info!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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