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Offline jabberwoki

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Good quality vintage saw brands
« on: August 23, 2021, 07:07:29 PM »
So i want to pick up a couple of vintage hand saws and was wondering what are some great brands to look for?
Is the need enough? Or does the want suffice?

Offline Midnitemack

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Re: Good quality vintage saw brands
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2021, 07:47:12 PM »
Disston is the first name that came to mind for me .. 


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Offline geneg

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Re: Good quality vintage saw brands
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2021, 08:04:40 PM »
Atkins or Disston 

good site to read: http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/, lots of info
 

Offline slip knot

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Re: Good quality vintage saw brands
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2021, 08:56:43 PM »
Keen Kutter is one that comes to mind. Belknap was a house brand for one of the hardware stores that was a decent saw IIRC.

Offline hickory n Steel

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Re: Good quality vintage saw brands
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2021, 07:32:03 PM »
Keen Kutter is one that comes to mind. Belknap was a house brand for one of the hardware stores that was a decent saw IIRC.
Yes bluegrass for belknap hdw, I've seen a lot of nice tools contracted by belknap.
Their hammers were beautiful.

Some good ones were also made for Craftsman, you just gotta get an idea of how the handles looked on older better hand saws so you aren't getting a lesser more modern saw.

Disston is excellent, as is Atkins, and vintage Sandvik saws have good steel too.
The sandviks are more modern and it shows in the handle but the steel is good.

The Corsair line from great neck was once a pretty decent saw as well.

One thing to keep in mind is that as long as the steel is good a handsaw can always be tuned, you can refine the handle shape and of course you'll need to set and file the teeth so you can always give it the kind of cut you want.
If you're not taking it to a professional Sawyer of course.

It's a skill I'm not proficient at, but I have sharpened a saw or two with decent results.
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Offline jabberwoki

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Re: Good quality vintage saw brands
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2021, 07:26:09 PM »
Ok ta, Ill keep and eye out at estate sales.
Is the need enough? Or does the want suffice?

Offline bonneyman

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Re: Good quality vintage saw brands
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2022, 05:35:29 PM »
+3 on Disston.

But don't ignore vintage Craftsman.
Have a pair of old Craftsman saws from my FIL and they are nice. Teeth seem to hold an edge for a long time. Good quality steel?

Offline hickory n Steel

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Re: Good quality vintage saw brands
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2023, 07:51:38 PM »
I just scored these 2 disston saws at Goodwill today.

The top one is a no.7 dating from 1896-1918, a beautiful old saw that still feels pretty sharp and is surprisingly straight as an arrow.

The bottom is a post 1955 ( '55-'90 ) Disstin D8, I believe to be on the earlier end of that date range.
I have another D8 with a less fancy handle, and a much more recent looking D8 from my grandfather with an even less fancy handle.
I'm guessing my 3 D8's are '55-60, 60's, and 70's with this one being the earliest of them.


Here's the no7 cleaned up, at least what I could show well with the daylight fading.


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Re: Good quality vintage saw brands
« Reply #8 on: Today at 10:57:58 AM »
I would definitely describe this old Disston as a " good quality vintage saw ".
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