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Transitional Disston?

Kevin French
Yesterday I was talking to an 'Older' WW'r and we started to talk about Disston Hand Saws. He said he had an old one he liked and showed it to me.
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After a while I asked if I could date the saw (I have a thing for saws). Last night I sat down with the Disstonian Institute and attempted to figure out what he had.
The medallion was somewhat easy 'DISSTON PHILA" is 1917-1940 but its the one on the right side, 13/16" with the V at the top of the Keystone.

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13/16" medallions
(found on backsaws and panel saws
as well as No. 16,
D-20 and D-23 full-sized saws)



None of which have that same handle

The Handle is that of a D-7

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But the only D7 with a Skewback has a 26" Blade, this one is only 20"

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Then I ran into the D-30 with the correct handle but it has a Straightback.

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And finale I ran into the D-17, Right handle, right skewback, wrong length, and wrong teeth.
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The only thing I haven't done is to clean the blade to look at the etchings. I haven't asked for permission to do that and won't until I do, but given the condition of the saw overall I'm not sure they'd be there anyways.

All these saws point towards a saw made somewhere between 1922-39,40 and that's when I remembered about Stanley planes and old parts being used up on new versions. So my 'guess' would be late 30's or 1940.

Any other ideas, did I miss something?

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