Keystone Saw Works - H. Disston & Sons, Inc.
- Phila., PA
Disston D-115, 24 inch, Cross-cut
Saw - ca. 1928 - 1929
by Daryl Weir
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The D115 & D15 were Disston's most expensive hand saw offerings
in the 1914 catalog.
At that point in time they featured a Brazilian
rosewood handle & a highly polished Extra Refined London Spring
blade. Just like all the "D" series models at that time,
the model number was designated inside the D and had no "-
dash", like the later models did.
I believe this saw dates from the 1928-29 time
frame, which were about the last years for the "Regular full
width" pattern skew back and the cover top D8 style handle which
this one has.
It was a transitional period between the old
style and the newly redesigned models. This one also has
the newer style etch and no longer has the 115 inside of the D.
The D-115's show up quite a bit less than their straight back
brethren D-15's, especially in a panel size. Starting in
1927 to 28 the handles were redesigned, and now instead of
looking like a D-8 it now looked like the typical D-23.
This highly tensioned, 24" long polished blade is pin straight
with a wicked 11ppi cross cut configuration that will serve your
needs very well as a super fine premium cabinet grade saw.
The edge still has a light crowning breast to it, just like it
did the day it left the factory. All of the etching is there but
is not bold, it can still be seen if held right.
On the negative side there are a couple of areas of pitting
about 3 inches from the butt end right at the cutting edge on
the front and the back. The one on the back has an area that is
Right now they pose no problem and most likely
won't in your lifetime. In my opinion, they are also far enough
back that I don't think they ever will. I'll let you be the
judge of how well it cuts in the video.
There are also some scratches in the blade right where it meets
the handle, obviously from a previous poor cleaning attempt. I
truly believe you'll be happy to have this one in your nest of
Here are the specs: 15 degree rake, 35
degree bevel & a 35 degree slope which produces no bevel on the
back of the teeth.
The saw sings and tracks a straight line
through wood with ease, all you have to do is provide some
motion & it'll do the rest. This configuration will work well
with just about any wood you throw at it, you can trust me on