Disston Saw No. 12 Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Hand Saws
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.
The Disston no. 12 saw was extremely well made and was considered Disston's
This saw was made in many different lengths and various teeth per inch (tpi).
Number Of Buttons: 4
Type Of Buttons: Brass
'Disston & Sons Philada'
'Extra, Henry Disston & Sons, Keystone Saw Works, Philadelphia USA, London 12 Spring, Extra Refined Warranted, Patent Ground, US Pat Off'
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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