Disston Hand Saw - No. D23

disston hand saw d23
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Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Hand Saws

Manufacturer: Disston

Tool Type: Hand Saw

Model No: D23

The Disston D23 hand saw has a foliage pattern carved hardwood handle. The extensive carvings flow over most of the handle including the full height of the holding grip and all around the buttons.

The buttons are set in a curved linear pattern with three buttons set above the medallion and one button set at 135 degrees from the medallion.

The Disston saw D23 was made with a taper ground, polished, crucible steel blade.

The blade was made with the straight-back design.

The Disston D23 appears to have been made with a number of different types of wooden handle, including: Apple, Beech and Rosewood.

The D23 saw was made in a number of different lengths: 18", 20", 22", 24", 26" and 28".


Saw Construction

disston saw d23

Handle: Apple

Number Of Buttons: 5

Type Of Buttons: Nickel Plated Brass

Medallion Markings: Disston USA

Blade Markings:
'Disston established 1840 USA, D-23, 5 1/2 points, For beauty, finish and utility this saw cannot be excelled, chrome nickel alloy steel, full taper ground, precision set bevel filed, Henry Disston'.


Saw Construction

disston saw d23

Handle: Beech

Number Of Buttons: 5

Type Of Buttons: Nickel Plate / Alloy

Medallion Markings: Disston USA

Blade Markings:


Manufactured Dates

<1914 - 1930>

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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