Tales from the saw sharpening shop: Restored vintage tools for Christmas, 33 days and counting!


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

Do you know someone who would appreciate a nice set of quality tools for Christmas? Before you head off to the big box stores to get the latest shiny junk made in China, take a look at our quality restored vintage “made in USA” tools (I’ll be featuring one or two great tools from inventory every day until Christmas!). Hand saws, crosscut saws, axes, classic woodworking tools, you don’t see these in Walmart!

First up is a very nice WWII vintage Disston 1 man crosscut saw. This saw is a bit unique, since I couldn’t see any sign that the blade had EVER been sharpened. The blade has been cleaned, sharpened, and set, and still has a faint Disston etch. The handle has been refinished with an old school linseed oil finish for the best protection and classic look. $75.

Second up is a great matched pair of WWII vintage Disston D-7 hand saws. This pair is the standard carpenter’s set including an 8 tpi crosscut and a matching 6 tpi rip saw. These blades are in spectacular condition with bright readable etches. The handle of the rip saw has had the top horn repaired and both handles have the old school linseed oil finish that really sets these saws apart. $60 for the pair.

To purchase any of the tools shown here, please email saw@swiftwatertel.com, call 207-399-7108, or visit me at any of the following locations:

Rt 201 (former Champion Glass), Topsham, ME (Tuesdays)
Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1, Arundel, ME (Fridays)
298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

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