Saw Companies Dates of Production Handsaws

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Blog entry by HankRustamaki posted 07-20-2017 02:52 PM 982 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

List Of The Dates Of Some Saw Companies Saw Companies
E. C. Atkins 1857-1952
George H. Bishop & Co. 1882-1899
Henry Disston 1840-1865
Henry Disston & Sons 1871-1954
Great Neck 1982-
William Mcniece 1870-1883
Miller Falls 1909-1923
Ohlen Bishop 1920 – 1938 (Predecessor was G. H. Bishop)
Harvey Peace 1863-1890 (Bought by Disston)
Pennsylvania Saw Corp 1938
Richardson Bros. 1866-1890
Shurley Dietrich 1873-1910
Shurley Dietrich Atkins 1930-1973
Simonds 1868-1922 (They didn’t make hand saws until the 1900s)
Wheeler Madden Clemson 1860-1893 (Bought by Disston)
Woodrough & McPharlin 1856 – 1893

Until I got my hands on the book Hand Saw Makers of North America by Erwin L. Shaffer. I had a hard time finding out how old my saws were and how old saws were that I wanted to buy. It took a lot of searching online. So I figured I would Compile a list of some of the more common saw companies I’ve seen. All this information is from his book. I spent a lot of time looking this info up when I would see an interesting saw on the internet so I hope this can help save a lot of time and trouble. I find the history and variety fascinating as I’m sure whoever is reading this does too. They are far superior to the modern day counterparts. There are so many hundreds more companies than this but I have some saw sharpening to do!

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#1 posted 07-20-2017 11:20 PM

Simonds began making handsaws and back saws around 1901 and produced them until 1926. Have a look here.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 07-20-2017 11:34 PM

This is a handy list. Thanks for putting it together.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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#3 posted 07-21-2017 06:03 PM

Good reference – Thankee!

-- Ed

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#4 posted 07-23-2017 10:09 PM

Hi and thanks for this post.
You have said: “They are far superior to the modern day counterparts.”.
Can you elaborate more about this.

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