Disston Hand Saw - No. 12

disston hand saw 12
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Disston Saw No. 12 Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Hand Saws

Manufacturer: Disston

Tool Type: Hand Saw

Model No: 12


The Disston 12 hand saw was fitted with a beautiful heavily carved foliage pattern Applewood handle. The handle had a decorative and intricate shape. This shape is especially noticed when compared to more modern wooden handled hand saws where there is usually quite a plain design with simple shaping to the handle.

The blade has a nib towards the end of the blade on the top edge. The handle was secured to the nibbed blade with the use of four brass buttons.

The buttons could be adjusted by using a flat-head screwdriver; this sometimes was necessary if the handle had some movement and required tightening.

disston saw 12

The Disston no. 12 saw was extremely well made and was considered Disston's flagship saw.

This saw was made in many different lengths and various teeth per inch (tpi).

disston saw no 12

Saw Construction

disston saw 12

Handle: Apple

Number Of Buttons: 4

Type Of Buttons: Brass

Medallion Markings:
'Disston & Sons Philada'

Blade Markings:
'Extra, Henry Disston & Sons, Keystone Saw Works, Philadelphia USA, London 12 Spring, Extra Refined Warranted, Patent Ground, US Pat Off'

Manufactured Dates

1890s - 1917

For information on dating this saw and other British saws, see the 'British Saws and Saw Makers from c1660' book, written by Simon Barley. The book is the most comprehensive saw directory to date listing makers, makers marks and manufacturing dates. There is also a whole host of additional information on the history of saw making, how to date a saw, in depth details on each of the large makers and much more, making for the most interesting read and leaving you with a slight desire to buy an old British saw.


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