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Forum topic by livewire516 posted 04-07-2020 03:15 AM 459 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2020 03:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: saw saws disston atlas 120 vintage tools hand tools

One this I should make clear: I salvaged that medallion from another saw. This saw’s medallion was missing.

Let me know if you need any other photos. I’m more or less just going off of the carved handle and the keystone etched saw plate. It was found alongside a nice D7 I plan to re-file rip, and another Disston I’ve yet to type.


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#1 posted 04-07-2020 03:53 AM

I’d say D-115. Looks like a Rosewood handle.

Here is one I have:

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#2 posted 04-07-2020 04:34 AM

Check out the page marked 130 of this catalog. It shows a D-115 and a No 120 on the same page. Very similar handles and shape. tho the 115 is rosewood handle with nickle plated screws, while the 120 is an apple handle with brass screws.

The etch is different too. It’s hard to see the etch in your pic, but I think it’s closer to the 120. I recently cleaned up a bunch of disston saws with evapo-rust and even though they were thick brown crust before hand, the etch on some of them popped right out. I’ve read that gun bluing can help restore the etch.

https://archive.org/details/HenryDisstonAndSons1923Catalog/page/n137/mode/2up

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#3 posted 04-07-2020 04:44 AM

Also, the OP’s pic and Blasterstumps pic are different handles. The carving is different. It’s difficult to tell at first glance, but if you count the number of leaves and look at the placement, it’s different.

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#4 posted 04-07-2020 02:18 PM

I believe the D-115 was made from 1914 to 1953 or thereabouts. That may account for the difference in carving. It would be interesting to see the rest of the etching on the OPs saw.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#5 posted 04-07-2020 08:10 PM

I already put a fair bit of time cleaning the saw plate up, so I’m worried I won’t be able to make it that much more visible. But I’ll likely try.

Would I be able to identify by looking for the absence/presence of hardened teeth? The Atlas 120 had no set, hardened teeth, and filed in a special manner (from what little I’ve read). In 2020, I can’t expect no one refiled the saw or tried giving it a little set, but if the hardening method leaves any telltale signs – then I could rule it out/in

Because I didn’t see that the 115s had hardened teeth, like the Atlas – right?

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#6 posted 04-07-2020 08:51 PM

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