On this occasion the 244th anniversary of the birth of benjamin franklin i regard it as peculiarly fitting to be called upon to address you on the life of my grandfather henry disston and upon the indisputable influence that he exerted upon american industry not only in his own time but in this day and age as well. Welcome to vintage saws.
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Henry disston and sons hand saw. The saws that i have had sharpened were done by mike wenzloff sons saw makers. Our mission here at vintage saws is to provide the highest quality saws of the 19th and 20th century to the woodworker and collector alike. In the past several years i have written a number of articles about saws and present them here as a resource.
The fine tool journal is the only publication that is solely dedicated to the collection study and use of hand tools. Usa medallion from the 1950s. In the winter of 1997 i became an associate editor of the fine tool journal.
The blade etching is perfectly clear. I had the extraordinary good fortune to stumble upon this very rare henry disston sons no. 43 combination hand saw at the may 2003 brimfield antiques fair held in brimfield mass.
Henry disston sons no4 back saw 13 point crosscut 14 inch length. In the 1920s disston reduced the size of its product line dropping redundant models offering fewer options in size and tooth pitch and making the features of the remaining saw models more universal across the line. As disston and sons company centennial approached the saw manufacturing industry was changing.
My fellow members of newcomen. Disston saw works of philadelphia was one of the better known and highly regarded manufacturers of handsaws in the united statesduring the machine age as henry disston sons inc it was a supplier of industrial saw bladesa successor corporation still active in philadelphia is called disston precision. Henry disston sons no.
Disston and sons keystone saw works 1872 6700 6800 state road 5100 5200 unruh street philadelphia pa 19135. Specializing in the sale of vintage disston hand saws of all ages and styles. Sa190455 henry disston son a 10 disston son back saw with 14 ppi and in nice as found conditionthe medallion is h.
Hamilton disston august 23 1844 april 30 1896 was an industrialist and real estate developer who purchased four million acres 16000 km2 of florida land in 1881 an area larger than the state of connecticut and reportedly the most land ever purchased by a single person in world historydisston was the son of pennsylvania based industrialist henry disston who formed disston sons. C philadelphia year book 1917.
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