Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Tenon Saws
Tool Type: Tenon Saw
Model No: D8
The steel back Disston tenon saw number D8.
The saw handle has a carved foliage pattern. The handle is secured by three screws usually made from an alloy, some are made from steel/brass with a plated finish. One of the screws has a medallion face bearing the 'Disston' markings circling around the Disston Keystone symbol.
The blade is marked 'Disston Established 1840, 10 inch, 12 points USA, For beauty, finish and utility this saw cannot be excelled'. These markings are often partially worn or completely worn off the blade.
The saw shown is 10 inches in length and has 11 teeth per inch (tpi). There were different sized 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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