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

  Disston D115 26 inches, Rip Saw, 6 PPI - 1920s by Daryl Weir 1 of 3  

Daryl Weir



"If you want a Saw, it is best to get one with a name on it which has a reputation. A man who has made a reputation for his goods knows its value, as well as its cost, and will maintain it."

Henry Disston


The D115 & D15 were Disston's most expensive hand saw offerings in the 1914 catalog.

This saw is a top-of-the-line early 1920 era Disston D-115 full size 26" 6ppi rip "HAND" saw.

The earlier D-115's (skew back) and D-15's (straight back) have a handle that is very similar to the D-8 style.

The later models, starting in 1928 have a handle that is shaped like the D-23's of this era. The earlier ones really don't show up that often as they were the most expensive hand saw that Disston sold at the time and I'm sure most people just flat out couldn't afford them.

If you're looking for a new saw with a Brazilian Rosewood handle, you more than likely won't find one, unless it's made from some old stock before Dalbergia nigra was protected by the 1973 CITES treaty.

The cutting edge is straight and has a light crowning breast to it. The skew back was designed and patented by Henry in 1874 and the D-115 has a full taper ground blade which requires less set in the teeth allowing the blade to run free and not bind in the cut.

The thinner the kerf can be, means less material removed which makes an easier pushing saw. Mechanics of years past appreciated this, as a saw could possibly be used all day. This meant less fatigue at the end of the day.

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