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343 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: disston d8 d-8 hand saw saw crosscut rip old

My Pops gave me some more old tools, 10 hand saws to be exact.

The 3 on the top are Disstons, although I’m not sure which model, I will have to look them up. The 2nd one is a smaller Disston that my Dad said his Dad gave him when he was a kid, its a pretty cool small saw. The 4th one is a Simona (I think?) and all the others sawy “Warranted Superior” on the little screw cap thing, the logo looks similar to Disston but I dont really know, I think i will clean up 3 or 4 of them to use for random stuff around the shop. The others I dont know what to do with, but some of the info on the DisstonianInstitute is really interesting, I think a couple of these saws were made in in the late 1800’s or the first few years of the 1900’s from what I read there and based on the logos on the screws and nut caps. I also really like the meat saw on the bottom, its pretty sweet!

Whats the best way to clean up the blades – Steel wool, sandpaper, sandblasting? And how to you sharpen them? They feel sharp but I’m sure after 100 years they could use a little TLC.

How do I tell the difference between a crosscut and a rip saw? I know its the teeth, but always am confused on which one is which. Are crosscuts are the ones that almost look like there are 2 rows or teeth?

Also, is anyone interested in trading something for any of these saws? I have way more than I will ever use.

-- Hi I'm looking for Ray Finkle.. And a clean pair of shorts. --


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#1 posted 343 days ago

I can post more closeup pics of the handles tonight if anyone is interested.

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#2 posted 343 days ago

Boy I spent a lot of time when I was young running one of those.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 343 days ago

Hopefully those aren’t blood stains in the picture :-)

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 343 days ago

I really like the second and fourth ones from the top.

Here’s a helpful link:

http://www.vintagesaws.com/library/saw_clean/saw_clean.html

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 343 days ago

For restoration: http://www.wkfinetools.com/trestore/saw/sawblade-bobstu/restsawblade-1.asp

For rip/crosscut – the rip looks like a bunch of little chisels lined up one behind the other. The crosscut, which I guess can look like two lines of teeth if it has a lot of set, has the teeth sharpened at an angle. If you look at two adjacent teeth, one will be beveled towards one side, the next towards the other side of the saw.

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#6 posted 343 days ago

Also, after cleaning here’s a link for polishing the saw plate:

http://www.forums.woodnet.net/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=handtools&Number=6366663&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=all

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#7 posted 343 days ago

If there’s a chance there’s still an etching on them you want to use a sanding block and sand lightly in order not to sand into the etching, instead of holding the sandpaper or using steel wool, etc. Since rust is fairly soft you can also use a utility scraper and carefully scrape away most of the rust first. If you don’t want to sand you can use a rust remover like evapo-rust or vinegar or electrolysis. Scraping first will get the majority of the rust off and make the whole process faster. Vinegar is much slower than evapo-rust, but cheap and easy if you have a big enough tub. If you can’t get the handles off without damaging the nuts, then you can use naval jelly. Rust removal products will lighten the etch but not otherwise harm it. If you want to darken the etch again, I’m sure someone will pop in with the right gunsmithing product to use. I’ve never done it so I don’t remember.

And in most cases, Warranted superior means basically a second line saw kind of like a generic, but warranted to be good. There’s more details on it on the Disstonian website. Cool stash. Sounds like you’ve already looked them up for the most part.

Oh and I see others already posted links while I typed that up.

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#8 posted 343 days ago

Lol yeah Monte I almost made a comment about the ‘blood stains’ on the floor…. Fortunately they are not!

-- Hi I'm looking for Ray Finkle.. And a clean pair of shorts. --

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#9 posted 343 days ago

The link Brandon supplied is fantastic. You’ll be amazed at how well it works.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 336 days ago

Just thought I’d post a little update, I started restoring one of the saws a few nights ago. The blades are very rusty, but I started out with the Thumbhole D8, its looking pretty good, I still have some more polishing to do on it. I am doing my best not to rub off the etching, but its tough with all of the rust, i’m using the polish and tin foil method, but I still have to scrape/sand off the rust at the beginning.

Of all the saws in the pile, there are 3 D8’s (1 thumbhole, 1 regular and 1 mini D8, well not a mini but maybe 16” or so). There is a D42 Victory, WWII era saw that was not even listed in their catalog so who knows how rare that one is. There is a Keystone K6 Challenger, and one other that I can’t read make out what the etching says yet. There is also a newer Disston that has some sort of coating on the blade, maybe teflon or something. Another one is a Simonds Saw Co. but I haven’t had a chance to rub enough rust off to see the model but it has an etching too.

I don’t think I can go much farther with this D8 before the etching starts rubbing off, its hard to do it justice in the picture here, but the etching still looks pretty good, I just need to polish it a bit more.

Just thought I’d share that with you all!

-- Hi I'm looking for Ray Finkle.. And a clean pair of shorts. --

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#11 posted 336 days ago

That saw plate is looking nice! Great etching!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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