"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
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
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.