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Forum topic by DevinCox posted 09-26-2011 05:09 PM 1287 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2011 05:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: disston hand saw

My grand father recently passed away, he was 91 years old and a much-loved man. He was a member of the carpenters union for over 51 years and of course and avid woodworker. I received some of his tools and one of his chests and am in the process of cleaning and repairing them so that I may use them and remember him.
I recieved a Distton saw that looks to be very well used and though I was able to identify the medallion and thereby get a date range (1896-1917 ), I’m having trouble identifing the model. I have looked online but did’t find the exact shape of the blade. He modifed the handle by cutting off the rearmost parts that extend off the end of the handle. He had really large hands so maybe that is why, I don’t know. The still entact part of the handle looks like a D12 but the blade is very different.

Any help is appreciated.
thank you,

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#1 posted 09-26-2011 05:55 PM

How about a D9 theats been sharpened a lot.

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#2 posted 09-26-2011 05:56 PM

Have you tried cleaning, and or sanding the blade to reveal the etch? It looks like a #12 Ship pattern saw
Some closer pix of the overall handle and blade would help

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#3 posted 09-26-2011 06:16 PM

Check the very back bottom corner of the blade. Often there is a number stamped into the blade.

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#4 posted 09-26-2011 06:17 PM

@DW, it definately has the same handle as the D9, though same as the D12 as well.

@Neanderthal, I have not yet tried to cleaning the blade, but have looked to see signs of etching and found none. I’ll see if cleaning it reveals anything.

Here is a link to the original photo it is much larger, as the forum shrinks the size to a more manageable size.

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#5 posted 09-26-2011 06:20 PM

I’ll check for that when I get back home.

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#6 posted 09-26-2011 07:20 PM


I have a Disston Saw with that same blade on it with the notched end. The handle I have on mine is different however. According to there sight it was on a #7 or #8 Saw. The medallion on mine shows it from 1896 – 1917. The blade to me appears to be a ship saw on yours and mine. I got my saw at an auction in the Pacific Northwest.

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