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Ryanjoseph

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04-30-2020 08:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: antique disston old wooden hand back hand saw

My grandpa gave me some of his old tools and I took it upon myself to restore them and one that particularly caught my eye was this saw because of its size. I looked into the company and it seems like it has some neat history and was wondering if anyone out there could help me age and/ or price it.


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Aj2

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#1 posted 04-30-2020 08:30 PM

What nice looking handle is it mahogany?
I have no idea what year the saw was made.
I don’t even know what day it is lately:)

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 04-30-2020 08:41 PM

Go HERE to match your medallion:

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summerfi

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#3 posted 04-30-2020 08:42 PM

Check out http://www.disstonianinstitute.com. It will help you age your saw based on the medallion and the name stamp on the spine. As to value, that is much more subjective. Though vintage, it is a common saw. It looks to be in nice condition.

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#4 posted 04-30-2020 10:02 PM

Brass medallion makes it a little older. Value? Worth having it sharpened and put to use. A better tool than you can buy now.

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 05-01-2020 04:38 AM

Did Grandpa give you a miter box too? Likely that backsaw came out of a miter box.

Look over this page real well, you’ll likely find your saw.

http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/backsawpage.html

Then you can date the medallion from the info found below.

http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/medv2.html

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Ryanjoseph

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#6 posted 05-01-2020 04:55 AM



What nice looking handle is it mahogany?
I have no idea what year the saw was made.
I don’t even know what day it is lately:)

Good Luck

- Aj2

Haha yah it seems like we’re all in that same boat. But I’m pretty sure it is mahogany

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Ryanjoseph

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#7 posted 05-01-2020 04:57 AM



Check out http://www.disstonianinstitute.com. It will help you age your saw based on the medallion and the name stamp on the spine. As to value, that is much more subjective. Though vintage, it is a common saw. It looks to be in nice condition.

- summerfi

Thanks, and yah it wasn’t so much I was looking to sell it, but something I thought it’d be fun/ interesting to talk about.

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Ryanjoseph

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#8 posted 05-01-2020 04:59 AM



Did Grandpa give you a miter box too? Likely that backsaw came out of a miter box.

Look over this page real well, you ll likely find your saw.

http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/backsawpage.html

Then you can date the medallion from the info found below.

http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/medv2.html

- therealSteveN

Thanks, and no I didn’t see one, it was one of those things where it was just laying amiss in his garage and I asked him about it.

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Ryanjoseph

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#9 posted 05-01-2020 05:02 AM



Brass medallion makes it a little older. Value? Worth having it sharpened and put to use. A better tool than you can buy now.

- tvrgeek

Yah it’s almost like it’s too cool of a thing to use but at that same time you’d hate to see it just sit there

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SMP

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#10 posted 05-01-2020 05:12 AM

Handles are usually apple wood? That kind of likes like it was remade. A lot of those older saws horns break and either get repaired or remade. I sometimes will see those saws with the miterbox for around $100. $40ish without the miterbox. Its not really much use without the box. I agree on history of the conpany etc.

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Ryanjoseph

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#11 posted 05-01-2020 05:19 AM



Handles are usually apple wood? That kind of likes like it was remade. A lot of those older saws horns break and either get repaired or remade. I sometimes will see those saws with the miterbox for around $100. $40ish without the miterbox. Its not really much use without the box. I agree on history of the conpany etc.

- SMP

Oh alrighty, I didn’t know about that use of apple wood (I’m not super familiar with hand tools if you couldn’t tell lol), but yea the the handle seemed in strangely good condition compared to the blade. Thanks for the help!

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lissa77

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#12 posted 05-01-2020 06:52 AM


What nice looking handle is it mahogany?
I have no idea what year the saw was made.
I don’t even know what day it is lately:)

Good Luck

- Aj2

Haha yah it seems like we’re all in that same boat. But I’m pretty sure it is mahogany

- Ryanjoseph


Really nice, I also think so…..

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