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Forum topic by JaimeFoxWood posted 07-01-2016 02:46 PM 728 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2016 02:46 PM

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Hello all! First post on the forum, starting off with a question.

I’ve been wracking my brain, but I just can’t get my head around this Disston saw. It’s a 26” 8 tpi cross cut saw according to the advert on ebay. Does anyone know which Disston this is?

The shape of the handle, the wheat engravings and the hole in the sawblade are making me run circles around

Ordered it on Ebay and it’s still in the mail. I canl make detailed shots on request when I have it.

edited the images to 640 px wide

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#1 posted 07-02-2016 03:45 AM

I don’t really know anything about old handsaws but the wheat “carvings” on the handle look like they were added more recently by a poor craftsman.

Good Luck!

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#2 posted 07-02-2016 04:40 AM

Can’t see the etch to verify it’s a Disston,handle is modern type and a hole drilled in the toe of the saw. Will probably need sharpening.Hard to see medallion in the picture but looks like something other than Disston.

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#3 posted 07-02-2016 05:08 AM

Disston/HK Porter…late 1950s…...Late model D-23…...

Medallion might read as simply Disston USA

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#4 posted 07-02-2016 06:53 AM

Figured it out, somewhat on accident.

Bandit751 is indeed correct, it’s a HK Porter, 1955 era saw. The medaillon gave it away, the circle around the logo is made up out of smaller circles. In older versions the circle is made up out of dots.

I was confused because this saw was not featured on the Disston reference website. But that site does not feature HK Porter saws. The owner does not see them as worthy of mentioning.

Hope ya’ll learn from my mistake. Still, I”m hoping it’s better than modern saws.

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