View Full Version : Help Identifying some Hand Saws

Clint Baxter
11-12-2016, 1:16 PM
I've been looking for a decent handsaw for a while and never seem to see anything around where I'm at. Made a trip home to my mother's place and was able to find my dad's old hand saws and plan to take them home with me. Whether I'm able to make them into good users or not is immaterial. They were Dad's and I'll think of him every time I look at them.

However, if I can get them into usable working order, that's what I'm going to do.

Was looking for some assistance from those more knowledgable than I in determining what I have here.

I believe the first one is a Disston D-8 347340 347341 I'm confident that the handle is beech and believe it to be from the late 40's, early 50's era. It's filed crosscut and has a very slight bend in one area when sighting down the teeth on the saw. I can make out a bit of the etch on the blade but it will take some cleaning up before I'm able to glean any more info there. Any additional opinions/corrections are welcome.

The other saw is a bit rougher shape. It may have been given to dad by either his father, or my mother's father. 347338 347339 As you can see, the medallion is missing, it looks like there replaced a missing saw nut with whatever fit and I'm not able to discern any type of etch whatsoever. I believe the handle to be made of apple and you can see in the pictures everything else. It is also filed crosscut. Looking on the Disstonian Institute, I don't know that it matches anything. Don't know if it's even a Disston. Hence, my inquiry to you out there with more knowledge than I.

Thanks for any info you can provide.


Nicholas Lawrence
11-12-2016, 3:15 PM
If you clean them up, the etch may be more visible. I have cleaned several rusty plates with WD-40 and a fine sanding sponge, and had an etch appear.

george wilson
11-12-2016, 5:28 PM
Don't forget the trick of using a ball of aluminum foil with metal polish. I think it would be safer to use,as it will not sag down into the blade etch and serve to more quickly eradicate it.

Doug McKay
11-12-2016, 7:12 PM
Looks like a Atkins #59. It's a second line saw sold under the brand Sheffield Saw Works. Would have had a warranted superior medallion on it, not an atkins. (Page 23 of the handsaw catalog collection book by Astragal Press 1994.)

Rosea Webs
11-12-2016, 8:14 PM
A few days ago I bought Stanley 20-045 15-Inch Fat Max Hand Saw and other a pole saw (https://besttacticalreviews.com/best-pole-saw/). Both working great to me. You can check Stanley hand saw for your work.

Glen Canaday
11-12-2016, 8:53 PM
If that is an Atkins, it is a fine saw and worth rehab and use. I have several.

The D8 goes without saying. Sharp it up and make it go!

Clint Baxter
11-12-2016, 10:47 PM
Tried looking at a few images of the Atkins 59 from their catalogs and they don't have a similar handle. Blackburn tools showed one on his site and it definitely looks closer. I still see some small differences between the one I have and the one he shows. Should it be a very close match?

Again, looking for someone with more knowledge who might help.



Doug McKay
11-13-2016, 10:57 AM
Yours is an older saw, the newer totes get plainer and plainer. 347392