Warranted superior saw dating
After a quick bite I got the tour and spent the rest of my time, where else?
Checking out the shop and new addition on back, plus a few newly acquired tools, I HAND delivered (friendship has it’s privileges) a freshly sharpened Disston No 7, 6-1/2 point, a very rare pitch.
Walter Cresson was an early Philadelphia saw maker in the 1840s and 50s who was bought out by Henry Disston some time before the Civil War.
His saws are characteristic of the early American style that drew heavily on English tool forms, but what makes this saw truly unique is the steel plate over the tote and domed nuts. I disassembled her gingerly and set about cleaning up the saw plate…. The great thing about cleaning up really old stamped saw plates is that you don’t have to worry about obliterating an etch. Now I can turn my attention to the real challenge of this rehab…the tote.
This is because most of these saws are the second line offering of the maker and are not up to the high standards of the rest of the line.This one, if I remember correctly, was made around the 20’s with a few add-ons but retained that New England, clapboard feel. The trip really started with my Dieselgate buyback and replacement Alltrack.Next I put my trusty 10 year old Thule bars on and strapped on my NDK kayak.What Stanley is to planes and Keen Kutter is to axes and pocket knives, Disston is to handsaws.Henry Disston began selling saws in 1840, eventually manufacturing everything from crosscut saws, designed to cut across the grain of a piece of wood, to rip saws, whose teeth help keep a cut straight when sawing with the grain.