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Keystone Saw Works - H. Disston & Sons, Inc. - Phila., PA

  Disston D8 - 20" Panel Saw, 11 PPI Cross Cut, 1900s
by Daryl Weir
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I have always strived to provide a well tuned saw to the buyer, after all, hand sawing should be fun.  If I may borrow a phrase from G. H. Bishop saws, a saw should cut with... "Speed & Ease".

Even though some refer to me as a professional, I'm really a hobbyist that takes his saw restoration work very seriously and have for over 10 years now. I can't pump out the volume like some because of my fulltime regular job, so my saws are limited in quantity but not quality. 

Rest assured every saw I restore is like I'm doing it for myself, you have my word on that.

The video is a good chance to see & hear the saw at work. Anyone can say their saw cuts well but here's a view of the saw in use cutting 7/8" red oak.

Here is how Disston described this saw in the catalog, ca. 1910:

The highly tensioned, polished blade is straight with a wicked sharp 11ppi cross cut configuration that will serve your needs very well as a precision finish saw. 

The surface is not perfect but contains darker areas with some very-very light pin prick pitting, none of which affects the performance of this saw.

The edge also has a light crowning breast to it.

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