I am grateful to modern day US makers like Bob Wenzlof of Wenzlof Saws and Lie Nielsen who spend much time refining saw handles from real wood.
They set the standard and we should look to them and support them as they stand against the flow of mass making to establish care in manufacturing high quality hand tools for us.
Manufacturing Date: Handle: Apple Number Of Buttons: 5 Type Of Buttons: Steel Medallion Markings: Disston, Canada Blade Markings:'Established 1840, Henry Disston & Sons Limited, D8, Toronto Canada, For Beauty, finish and utility this saw cannot be excelled, Henry Disston'. For beauty, finish and utility, this saw cannot be excelled, Chrome nickel alloy steel, full taper ground, precision set bevel filed, Disston Inc.
Handle: Beech Number Of Buttons: 4 Type Of Buttons: Alloy Medallion Markings: Disston, USA Blade Markings:'Established 1840, D-8, 8 points, USA, Disston For beauty, finish and utility this saw cannot be excelled, Chrome nickel alloy steel, full taper ground, precision set bevel filed, Henry Disston'. Please see our terms if using more than a few dates or photos.
The Disston finger hole hand saw number D8, sometimes known as a Disston thumb hole saw.
The handle is often made from Apple wood (as shown in the image) however it can be made from other selected hardwoods.
That says something for its company carbon footprint.
It pioneered disposable saws by hardening the steel teeth and adding cheap plastic (spastic) handles under the more recent name of Bahco. It doesn’t need to be, and we can do nothing about it as the company proved its superiority by being in control of what we buy.
Later D8 saws were made from selected hardwoods, usually Beech. You see, all the joiners and carpenters I meet tell me that they no longer use “those old saws.” The buy ones that can be thrown away because, they reason, it’s now quicker easier and cheaper to, well, just buy another.They don’t see that they have been rendered impotent. Forty six years ago, as an apprentice, I bought a Spear & Jackson tenon saw, a Sandvik panel saw, a Disston rip saw and a Disston panel saw. I want to wear out all of my saws, but it’s unlikely that I could even wear out one of my personal saws and here is the reason.