Its been a busy holiday season for me… I’ve been working
hard sharpening saws for customers, designing new saw
classes, rehabbing saws for sale and tons of other stuff.
I did get a few hours in the shop for my own work for the
first time in a while on Christmas eve and I spent it
cleaning up a gorgeous 1850s Disston rip saw.
I thought I’d share some pics…
You can see above that this beauty is amazingly clean and
complete… there’s a touch of shallow pitting towards the
toe, but other than that, this is the cleanest pre-Civil War
Disston I have ever seen.
It’s a 28 inch plate with 4 points per inch… a big ole boy!
The nib on this saw is also amazing… its huge!!! I
cleaned the plate with mineral spirits and 600 grit paper.
The tote is 100% complete with not so much as a scratch or
crack in it… one of the nicest totes in perfect condition
I’ve ever found. The medallion dates this saw to mid
1850s. I cleaned the tote with mineral spirits, gave
it a good coat of boiled linseed oil and waxed it when dry.
CAST STEEL 7 WARRANTED
The name stamp is as bold and crisp as they come.
Also, a bit more faint, location saws model and material is
stamped, as was customary.
It’s normal to find these old Disston saws with a much bolder
maker’s mark than the model marks… you can see how bold the
HD is compared to the rest of the stamp. Separate dies
were used for each of these marks.
It’s always exciting to find saws from this period in such
That’s all for now. In the coming months, I’ve got lots of
great new articles in the works for the blog…some truly
unique filing techniques, saw making stuff and rehab skills.
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