|Forum topic by RS Woodworks||posted 569 days ago||1474 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
569 days ago
Hey folks. I picked this little saw up at an antique store the other day. The price was right and it’s in good shape. Some discoloration to the blade but it will clean up fine. I’ve never seen one like this, and I’m trying to figure out if it was made by Disston like this, or whether it was a user modification of long ago. This is exactly how I found it, nothing has been done to it yet.
First, the beech handle seems to be original, but I’ve never seen a back saw with this style of handle. This reminds me more of the handle on a Disston pruning saw I have, but it’s much smaller. The saw nuts appear to be original to the handle, but I haven’t taken them out yet. The medallion is a 13/16” model used on their backsaws from 1896 to 1917. The blade is clearly lacking a back spine. The funny thing is, on close examination, it appears that it never had one! There is no discoloration or scratches to indicate a spine was removed. And certainly, the handle is not designed to accept one. The blade is 10” long and 2” tall across it’s length. It is quite a thin plate, and has 18 tpi, quite fine. I can see no blade etch at all.
I bought this saw thinking it would be great for dovetails, and I’m sure it will be. But I’m curious to know if anyone has ever seen one like this or if this is original made by Disston or a user mod. Any info or help you can provide would be great. I’ve thoroughly checked the Disstonian Institute site, and no luck there.
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