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262481 Ken Wright <wizard@b...> 2017‑06‑15 Question about a small Disston saw
Greeting, O Gentle Galoots!

Some time ago I bought a small backsaw at a local flea market almost
solely because of the comfort of the handle.  I put  it tin my saw till
and really haven't done much with it until today.  Closer inspection
shows a Disston & Sons medallion with the number 57 near it.  I checked
the Disstonian Institute but couldn't find a No. 57 saw listed.  It's a
short (10") backsaw with two nuts including the medallion.  The teeth
are very fine, and the front half-inch or so appear to be badly worn. 
If there is an etch in the blade, I can't see it for all the rust.

Any thoughts, ideas, or insights are more than welcome!


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262490 Kirk Eppler <eppler.kirk@g...> 2017‑06‑15 Re: Question about a small Disston saw
On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 12:49 PM, Ken Wright  wrote:

>   Closer inspection shows a Disston & Sons medallion with the number 57
> near it.


Most Disston saws don't have a number stamped on the handle.  That is
probably a user's mark (school or workshop) to keep track of whose is whose.

Regarding Backsaws, most it seems are #4s.  There is a nice article on
dating etc here.  Most are marked on the back, not etched, based on my
experience of N=5 (3 stamped, 2 not)

But if it isn't a number 4, start here and guess based on # of screws

Kirk Eppler in Half Moon Bay, CA, who spent last evening botching a
resharpening on a 10" Davis #0, and will start over this weekend

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