Terminology[ edit ] “Kerf” redirects here. For other meanings, see Kerf disambiguation. Diagram showing the teeth of a saw blade when looking front-on. The teeth protrude to the left and right, so that the saw cut kerf is wider than the blade width. The term set describes how much the teeth protrude. The kerf may be sometimes be wider than the set, depending on wobble and other factors. A saw that cuts with an abrasive disc or band, rather than a toothed blade. The angle of the faces of the teeth relative to a line perpendicular to the face of the saw.

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Look for chisels with wooden handles or with specialty, curved blades. Buying Antique Tools Ideally, you’ll be able to find hand tools in person. The quality of a tool, and its usability is difficult to determine remotely. However, there are several reputble antique dealers where you may find just the thing you were looking for:

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Specializing in the sale of vintage, Disston hand saws of all ages and styles since Follow us on Instagram! Our mission here at Vintage Saws is to promote knowledge about vintage hand saws as well as provide the highest quality saws of the 19th and 20th Century to the woodworker and collector alike. All the saws that we sell are newly sharpened, properly set and ready to use right out of the box.

We strive to sell only the finest quality tools and know that you will be pleased with your purchase. Please check back here frequently to view our current inventory as it will change whenever we receive new items. Since all the saws that we sell are antiques, demand often outstrips supply. While the majority of our saws were made by Henry Disston and Sons, we also maintain an inventory of other makers such as Simonds, Atkins, Richardson, Peace, Bishop and other lesser known makers.

We have saws that will fit the budget of anyone that stops by, from the occasional hobbyist to the high end collector. We are also proud to host the web famous Saw Filing Primer and have taught countless thousands to file. In addition to knowledge, we also sell the tools you need to maintain your saws: We also collect and study vintage Disston saws.

Our ultimate goal is to have a section of the site serve as an online museum dedicated to Disston saws and history.

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The medallions on Disston handsaws changed more over time than any other feature on the saw. By using the medallion, you can estimate the age of your saw. The Medallions and Timeline of Saw Manufacture The medallions on Disston saws give the most accurate indication of manufacturing dates for handsaws, panel saws, and backsaws.

The first complete timeline of Disston handsaws was written by Pete Taran and published in the Winter issue of the Fine Tool Journal. His article assigned manufacturing dates to Disston saws, based on the medallions, creating what is called a type study. Since the publication of Taran’s ground-breaking research, the number of known medallions has increased significantly, and they have been featured on the Disstonian Institute website.

Plytooth blade Dado blade A special type of circular saw blade used for making wide-grooved cuts in wood so that the edge of another piece of wood will fit into the groove to make a joint.

Price Guide to Antique Tools By Terry Hurley Collector and Antique Store Owner Learn more about antique hand tools Experienced antique tool collectors know that having a price guide to antique tools is a valuable resource when adding pieces to their collections. They also know that a price guide is just as important when selling their tools regardless of the venue.

Antique Tool Price Guides: An Important Resource Antique tool collectors know the importance of having a reliable and current price guide. This is the book they rely on for guidance while searching through antique shops, flea markets and garage sales. It often accompanies them to auction houses and rests on their desks as they browse auction websites. Newcomers to the world of antiquing may wonder what makes antique price guides so important to antique buyers and sellers.

The importance lies in the information found in antique price and identification guides. Most antique price guides provide a range value of an antique or collectible. Knowing the current retail value range of an antique tool allows the buyer to make an informed decision regarding purchase price. It also gives the seller a chance to price the tool fairly.

Tool price guides generally include values for tools in various conditions ranging from excellent to poor.

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Ok, what can I say. This past year has seen a good deal of change in my life with a move to south Jersey from living just outside NYC. The shop and business survived the move but my free time for the blog has been misplaced. December however is the poster child for reflection and pointless resolutions, so why not jump on the wagon early with a post from the saw monger.

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Henry Disston

The saw mill has an interesting history, dating back at least years in Roman days and even earlier in Egypt, Greece and China. The early ones were the narrow blade, up and down saws when they were run by power , and then earlier by pit and also scaffold on ground operated by two men. Circular saws arrived and were made in England and Europe. The earliest iron saw blades were made by blacksmiths, forged and hammered out on an anvil, and then had the teeth filed in.

This Federal-style was used for perhaps a decade before a stylized, Aztec type of eagle was introduced.

Henry Disston and Sons, circa While the exact date of this particular nut is not known, it is the last of the split nut type. However, it does share a number of unique traits with the next medallion, which uses the earliest of the domed nuts which do not require a special screwdriver for tightening. This medallion has a number of unique traits. First, we see the reappearance of the “dot” after the “N” in “Disston”. For the first time since the Henry Disston medallion, the “A” in “Philada” is a smaller case and also has a “dot” following.

Of particular note is the keystone with double border. This is the first in a series of this treatment. Also note another redesign of the scales, beam and pivot. Finally, the dotted border from the perimeter is gone for good.

The Medallions and Timeline of Saw Manufacture

Foley Saw Filers Henry Disston started selling his own saws in , operating out of a rented basement in Philadelphia. Despite setbacks during his first decade in business, such as fires and the confiscation of his machinery in a rent dispute, Disston built his company into the largest manufacturer of saws in the world. Disston was an innovative manufacturer and marketer, leading the way with products other companies tried to imitate.

The saws’ consistently high quality kept the company strong for another three generations after Henry Disston’s death.

The other, more significant, design change taking place during this period was the deepening of the angle of the handle from 25 degrees to 35 degrees.

January 28, I found this backsaw at a local yard sale mixed in with other tools and random bits of hardware. Looking the saw over several things caught my eye and made me take a closer look. This saw at 12 inches was noticeably shorter and while the handle lacked the finer craftsmanship of old saws it still had evidence of its heritage. The saw plate was straight and the rust had not pitted it very much. I am inclined to buy every saw I find and felt I could find room for one more.

In this case I was able to date the saw based on several identifiable features including the medallion and handle shape. The medallion is brass and has Disston USA on it. When dating Disston handsaws I use http: The medallion appears to be from to

Price Guide to Antique Tools

I have a question about dating Disston saws by their medallions. From what I have read here and elsewhere, it seems that a Disston saw could be dated fairly well by its Medallion, as shown on the Disstonian Institute web site. Recently I showed a saw I have to a blacksmith I was asking about straightening a curved blade and he asserted that the saw was not nearly as old as I told him the Medallion indicated it was an medallion, according to the Disstonian Institute.

He felt sure the saw was no more than 50 years old. He did collect antiques, including some old saws.

Kean is a comprehensive guide to antique tool values.

After searching three tool-swap meets without success, I grew tired of the hunt and asked Matt Cianci at the SawWright. There I watched him sharpen a few saws and tried out several of the saws he had sharpened or made. The guy is dead serious about saws, and his filework is both crisp and precise. For those who are curious about the configurations of my saws, here are the details of what I like in toolbox saws.

The saw is taper-ground. That is a good general filing configuration for a crosscut saw — a filing I also have on my full-size handsaw. The saw was made during the early years of the 20th century — check out the Disstonian Institute to learn a crazy amount of information on dating Disston saws. This saw is also taper-ground, though not as much as the Disston.

That is a fairly standard filing for someone who is comfortable with rip saws.

Saw Mills and Old Saws

Finish siding was made, but no sheathing or roof boards.