Blake,Turn of the Century Disston Dovetail Saw
I found this beautiful old saw hanging on my wall yesterday. I think I bought it at at the flea market a while back and forgot about it.
Its really nice, but its been abused and neglected. Its time for a face lift. I am assuming it is a dovetail saw? I want to know more about it. I would like to become more of a hand tool user.
On the blade it says "HENRY DISSTON AND SONS, CAST STEEL, PHILADA.USA, WARRENTED" And the handle says "C. ROSENBURG" on both sides. It also has an X marked on the edge of the blade stiffener.
What can you tell me about this saw?
- About how old is it?
- Is there a name for this style or shape?
I plan on restoring it to a usable and very nice looking saw. I will start by separating the handle and blade. Then I think I will use a chemical stripper on the handle since it is covered in glue and varnish. Then I guess I will give it a good sanding and refinish.
What else should I know about restoring this saw?
- How should I treat the blade? Just .000 steel and elbow grease?
- How can I sharpen it?
- Can I have a professional saw shop sharpen it?
Not sure how far you have searched yet, but there are numerous sites devoted to Disston Saws. This is the one I go to a lot. A bunch of info can be gleened from them. Great looking saw, not sure which one of the backsaws you have, but I am sure it is pictured somewhere.