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Forum topic by skipj posted 01-14-2014 02:24 PM 1274 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2014 02:24 PM

I got this saw at a garage sale for 2$. I have never seen a handle like this before as I am pretty much a power tool user. The brass looking button in the handle says Diston&sons phila. Also there is a number 5 stamped in the blade.Would it be worth restoring, it looks kinda cool to me. Thanks in advance for response.

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 03:17 PM

The brass looking button in the handle says Diston&sons phila
I’ll go out on a limb and guess that’s a Disston. Can’t guarantee it of course, but that’s my wild-guess. :)

The 5 down in the back corner is for 5 teeth per inch (tpi)

The thumbhole handle might be a D-8. You can look at the patterns on this good website.

Or you can go to this thread ask them there. They like saws. Ask about where to get a decent saw file while you’re there so you can sharpen it. They’ll be glad to help you out.

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#2 posted 01-14-2014 03:50 PM

Great saw you found there Skip. Certainly looking like a D-8 thumbhole to me.

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 04:10 PM

Totally worth restoring! I love those thumbhole handles. I’m just now learning how to sharpen on an antique rip saw with 5 tpi also. I don’t have it down to a science just yet, but it cuts a lot better than it did when I bought it.

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 04:25 PM

That’s 5 PPI, (points per inch) not tpi (teeth per inch), and yes it is measured differently.

If it says Disston & Sons, then it should say PHILADA, which makes it no newer than 1917.

It’s a D8 thumbhole, D-8 (with hyphen) was after 1928, it’s probably the most collected handsaw in the world.

It’s in fantastic shape, if you got it for two bucks you have earned the coveted….

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 04:30 PM

Looks like it’s in good shape, I’d restore it… At least clean up the blade and see if the etching is still there!


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#6 posted 01-14-2014 05:15 PM

Thank You tobyc, Yes the brass button says PHILADA
I don’t know what that is in left corner of photo,something with my phone.

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 06:22 PM


Fix it man!!

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#8 posted 01-22-2014 11:12 PM

Clean it sharpen it and use it, and tell them you suck with the best of them. Happy sawing

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#9 posted 01-22-2014 11:38 PM

A $2 thumbhole Disston deserves you a big “you suck”.

Nice find

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#10 posted 01-23-2014 03:56 PM

Tell you what…since you’re a power tool guy and I’m a hand tool guy, I’ll give you $4 for that saw. I mean come on…that’s 100% profit for you with no work involved. PM me your paypal address and I’ll get payment to you asap.

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#11 posted 01-23-2014 10:40 PM

That’s 50% profit, 100 is only possible if you paid nothing for it. It would, however, be 100% markup.

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#12 posted 01-23-2014 10:47 PM

I bid 5 bucks. And I’ll pay the shipping too. (Armandhammer didn’t offer that part of the deal) LOL

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#13 posted 01-23-2014 11:33 PM

Skip, trust me when I say: you can’t trust these guys. I tell you what, I’ve got a real nice, never been used, buck brothers crosscut saw that is as sharp as the day it left china. I’ll send it to you in the mail, along with a $7 bill so you can ship me back that rusty piece of mess you have laying on your table. Heck mine even has an indestructible plastic handle, so upkeep will be minimal at worse!

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#14 posted 01-24-2014 03:12 AM

Hey Skip,

Grab your saw and run while you can!!

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