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Forum topic by Antipodean posted 12-12-2018 09:41 AM 527 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2018 09:41 AM

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Hi,

I have a 26” Disston saw marked D9. Having read up on this particular saw it was marked as Disston but manufactured under the new owners H K Porter. I understand that it was based on the D95 that also used the Disstonite (Tenite) two colour handle – in this case black and white. It has the Disston Canada medallion on it – the style of the edging and the emblem suggests that it is 1955 – 1990 but having looked at a USA medallion of the same era that has, what I can only describe as loops around the emblem as opposed to the hard dots around the emblem of my saw (in the style of the 1953-55 USA medallion). Is this because it was manufactured in Canada and they used a different style of medallion to the saws manufactured in the US at the time? Can you date the saw as it has the Canadian medallion on it? How long did Disston manufacture out of Canada and when did this end?
I also read on another forum where someone asked a question about a D9 and the answer came back that Disston never made a D9 saw – is this just a purist point of view as at that point in time H K Porter was the manufacturer, as clearly a D9 marked Disston does exist? Is this model considered a good, reasonable or indifferent quality saw and how rare is it – I’m assuming not very as it is a late 1950’s early 1960’s?

Appreciate any answers and any more information on it. For what it is worth – I think the Disstonite handle is quite cool looking. I have posted a few pictures. Thanks.


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#1 posted 12-12-2018 06:39 PM

Here is an excerpt from a catalog from (I think) 1969:

There are (3) possible answers for why you were told that such a saw does not exist:

1) as you pointed out, semantically, “Disston” didn’t make it;

2) Sheer ignorance of the facts (since it clearly exists);

3) confusion, since there is such a thing as a Disston No. 9 (1840-1918) and the “D” and “D-XX” designations were never applied to that saw.

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#2 posted 12-13-2018 06:13 AM

Thanks for your reply.

Yes you are spot on with your No.9 comment – that was also in the reply from the person who said that a D-9 didn’t exist but added perhaps the questioner had been confused with the No.9.

In the email that was sent to say you had replied you stated “I can’t shed any real light on your saw. I’ve never seen a D-9 and can tell you that none appear in the HK porter catalogs for the US market.” (which for some reason doesn’t appear on your reply post above). So the 1969 (maybe) catalogue excerpt you have attached that shows a D-9 is (I’m assuming) Canadian and if so did they only make this model in Canada?

Can you shed any light on my medallion question from my first post or is there too little information on this particular saw?

Thanks again.

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#3 posted 12-13-2018 07:09 AM

Yes—that is from a Canadian catalog.

As to the medallion: Those dots or loops in the medallion are typically there to hide the seam where the shank of the screw is attached to the medallion itself.

My guess is that the design may have changed when HK Porter took over.

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#4 posted 12-13-2018 07:22 AM

Actually it is brilliant that you have a copy of the catalogue – where do you find such items – something you find online or is it something that you own as a collector?

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#5 posted 12-13-2018 10:24 AM

I don’t know if that particular catalog is here, but https://archive.org/details/internationaltoolcataloglibrary

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#6 posted 12-13-2018 10:28 PM

Don W beat me to it.

It is at his link, HERE specifically

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#7 posted 12-14-2018 01:38 AM

What a fabulous resource – thank you both. I shall do a serious bit of reading….

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