Disston D8 Fingerhole Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Hand Saws
Tool Type: Hand Saw
Model No: D8
The Disston finger hole hand saw number D8, sometimes known as a Disston thumb hole saw.
The handle is often made from Apple wood (as shown in the image) however it can be made from other selected hardwoods. The handle has 5 brass securing buttons, one of which has the larger face medallion with markings 'H.Disston & Sons Philada' surrounding the keystone symbol.
The naming of the saw as the finger hole / thumb hole saw is due to the handle having an extra smaller hole above the standard fingers hole area. The extra hole also has a shaped indent moulded into the handle for extra finger/thumb comfort. This extra hole allows the user to use their other hand for extra strength and support.
The etching on this blade said 'Established 1840, Henry Disston &
Sons, Philadelphia, Pat June 23rd 1874, Reg US. Pat Off, U.S.A,
"For beauty, finish and utility, this saw cannot be excelled", Henry Disston'.
This saw was made over a period of many years so there may be different
The saw shown is 28 inches in length and has 3 1/2 teeth per inch (tpi). There were different lengthed and tpi versions of this saw produced.
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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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