Some ripping and utility saws...

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Some ripping and utility saws...

Postby beng » August 3rd, 2015, 3:43 am

A few ripping style saws I have accumulated. First one is a 1890s era Disston number eight rip saw. The #8 was a step up from the #7 with a bit fancier handle and name on the blade. The rip version of the #7 and #8 had a handle shaped more smoothly on top so it was more comfortable to get a second hand on it. This was the style of rip-saw that Disston sold first starting in the 1840s.

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Around 1880 Disston got a patent for the "thumbhole" handle and a way to set a handle more deeply into a blade, along with a patent on the "skewback" blade and came up with the D-8 ripsaw, a model incorporating just about all the patents Disston owned. Here is an example made close to 1880 followed by an example made around 1900:

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The Disston D8 ripsaw changed little from 1880 into the early 1950s except for noticeably less-finished handles as the decades wore on. The older #7 and #8 style of ripsaws were eventually phased out of production in the early 1920s.

Below is a photo of a later Disston "utility" type of saw with a hole so a "helper" handle can be fitted, which I do not have. The blade of this saw is long and very thick, it is made to survive rough service and low maintenance, blade is twice as thick as that on a standard rip saw:

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This old Atkins "docking" saw is hanging around here. A large saw with a heavy-duty metal handle made so it can kick around an industrial environment with less maintenance and care than a standard wood-handled saw. Most major manufacturers offered a Docking style saw with an iron or aluminum handle:

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A Spear and Jackson rip saw that is a very old style. If it were made in the USA it could be 1840s, but since the U.K. lagged behind the USA in saw styling and technology after the 1850s it could be much newer than a similar USA saw:

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