VINTAGE WOODWORKING HAND TOOL NOTES

DISSTON HAND SAWS

Last updated: 12 August 2016

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During the time of my apprenticeship at Tillotson's, Disston hand saws were the ones against which all others were measured.

I mostly used Disston cross-cut saws from the 1920-1950 time period with the D-8 being my favorite. An excellent reference resources for these saws is:


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Disston D-8 lightweight crosscut saw produced in the 1930s
with blade etch enlargement below

I mostly used this model when I was younger and of slight build - I particularly appreciated its light weight and easy handling.


Later I bought a new regular model D-8 manufactured in the late 1940s.

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Disston D-8 regular crosscut saw produced in the post-war 1940s
with blade etch enlargement below

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Handle medallions on the saws depicted above
Left: 1930s D-8 lightweight saw
Right: 1940s D-8 regular saw


I have always especially liked the diminutive Disston No. 4 Back Saw with an 8" blade - it is well suited for small joinery work and has the added advantage of comfortably fitting in the drawers of my tool box.

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Disston No.4 back saw with 8" blade produced in the 1940s

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Blade etch and back stamping enlargement

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Handle medallion



REFERENCES


Go to the Vintage Woodworking Hand Tools Directory