is a little treasure I got this past weekend at the flea market.
It is an 1865 Henry Disston No. 7 - 18” panel saw with marked
I just finished cleaning it and giving it a fresh sharpening. It
sure is a smooth sawing saw – perfectly straight. It even has it
original delicate nib.
Now this is a rare saw but a couple of things that make it even
scarcer. It is a Henry Disston saw with an etch. He started
etching his saws in 1865 yet his son Hamilton also joined the
company that year.
Then the saws were etched with the “Disston & Son” mark. Thus
this saw with the Henry Disston medallion and etch is one that
was only made for one year or less.
It is rare when you can pinpoint an antique to an exact time
frame like this. Also under the handle is stamped “C.S”. Phil
Baker told a “story” about this “C.S.” marking in an article
once. But I have another saw also with this “C.S.” mark, so it
does not fit his story as this is the third such marking I know
of. Maybe it stands for “cast steel” or was a saw-smith with the
Anyway a very rare saw and one that is a real piece of History
for the Saw buff.