Dating disston saws
Below is the 1919 lineup of the Simonds brand woodworking handsaws.At this time, Simonds was producing the greatest variety of saws.I have a pretty high turnover of saws, so if you don't see what you want right now please keep checking. Price for both Leather Punches -- This is a group of 10 leather punches in various sizes. Brands include Hibbard Spencer & Bartlett, Craftsman, Fuller. Price for the 3/4", for the 5/8", or for both. I don't know if it was for setting large circular saws or 2-man crosscut saws, since they had both. Price Saw Spiders -- Two shop-made spiders for measuring set on circular and/or 2-man crosscut saws. My saw inventory is slim right now, but I should have more available starting this fall when I begin working in the shop again. Price 5 19th Century Thomas White Saw -- This saw is from a Scottish ship's carpenter tool chest. The plate is faintly stamped Thomas White, Plymouth. Stanley Rosewood Try Square -- Twelve inch Stanley try square with rosewood and brass trim. Price Pair of Firmer Chisels -- A pair of long chisels, these are square edge firmers. Blacksmith's Spring Swage -- I've been told this is a tool used by blacksmiths in the forming of hot metal. The round hole formed when it is closed measures 7/16". These are from an old Idaho sawmill sharpening shop.
This 16" #14 Disston Duplex saw is marked on the support bar with a patent date from 1914. I have read that these were only offered for about 20 years or so up to 1935 or so.
The of 1861 greatly increased the cost of imported steel, making it impossible for other saw makers to compete with Disston.
By supplying steel products to the Union Army during the Civil War, Disston accumulated huge profits, enabling him to invest in the factory, mechanizing much of the process of saw and tool making, lowering costs, and increasing production.
Disston operated his business at a series of rented properties in Philadelphia, producing saws of superior quality.
In 1855, Disston became the first saw manufacturer to produce his own steel, a factor which made Disston the most successful saw manufacturer in the United States.
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There was an article in a MWTCA Gristmill a while back by saw collector / researcher Phil Baker that indicated he had one this size and that it is overall smaller in scale than the 14" or others. It is complete w/ its vice and in very nice condition. The handle is pretty nice noting the tip of the top horn is chipped. (see pic) Looking down the tooth line they are not all at the same height. Note the distinctive handle shape with the bottom squared off. This Disston duplex saw is marked on the blade with a faint etch. I have read that these were only offered for about 20 years or so up to 1935. The condition of this rare #77 No Set Disston & Son Back Saw is as nice as you will ever find or see. The brass back in addition to the Disston & Eagle logo is stamped spring steel / extra temper as well as the Phila. The fruitwood handle is solid with just minor slivers / chips off the horns.