Disston Brass Back Dovetail Saw - No. 4

disston dovetail saw
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Disston Dovetail Saw Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Henry Disston & Sons

Tool Type: Dovetail Saw

Model No: 4


The Disston dovetail saw number 4 is fitted with a shaped closed handle which is secured to the blade with the use of two brass buttons.

One of the brass buttons is faced with a Disston medallion.

The handle is made from Apple wood, a popular wood on old Disston saws.

The saw is a brass back saw; the spine is fitted with a heavy piece of brass which gives the saw weight and decorative properties.

The saw photographed has 15 tpi (teeth per inch) and has a blade length of 8 inches. Different sized versions of this dovetail saw were made

disston dovetail saw no 4

Saw Construction

disston dovetail saw

Handle: Beech

Number Of Buttons: 2

Type Of Buttons: Brass

Medallion Markings: 'H.Disston & Sons Philad'a'

Brass Back Markings:
'Henry Disston & Sons, Philada, Cast Steel Warranted'

Manufactured Dates

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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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