Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works
This week’s treasure found under the rust in a pile of random saws is a Civil War vintage Disston No. 12 handsaw. 24″ long and 10 tpi crosscut. According to the etch, this is a “refined London spring steel” blade.
This saw has a gorgeous, intricately carved handle with the domed screws that identify it as an 1860s-1870s saw. The handle is intact with just a slight bit of deterioration on the upper horn.
Surprisingly, minor cleaning of the blade reveals a bold and complete etch! Not bad at all for 150 years! The “one son” etch narrows the date of this saw to 1865 to 1871.
For a handsaw this old, it’s a wonder this No. 12 survived in this kind of condition. A little TLC and this saw will be something special!