Daryl Weir's recent post of his
Disston D115 Victory saw got me inspired to post my own
version of this anniversary saw.
As Daryl points out, the skewback saws are the
older ones, and according to
Erik von Sneidern my own Diamond
Jubilee version was made for a year or so, dating it to about
A couple of years ago I was probably the
luckiest I have ever been during my four year long career as a
prolific rust hunter. For less than 70 euro I bought a Disston
no 12, a Disston no 7 and a almost unused Disston D115 Jubilee
saw in the same transaction.
Love at first sight
All three saws came in the same batch and had
been owned by a carpenter in
Närpes in Finland. I have a strong belief that the three
saws were bought in the US, at the same time and were brought to
Finland either by the carpenter himself or by relatives.
no. 12 and no. 7 have since been restored and sold, but the
D115 is not a saw I am ready to part with.
I have handled hundreds of saws during the years
and I have become increasingly comfortable with both the
restoration process and the sharpening. But even to this day I
have slightly mixed feelings regarding the Disston Jubilee saw.
It is by far the most uncommon saw I have ever
owned. It is also the best preserved saw I have dealt with. And
knowing it is a valuable saw still gives me a feeling
of slight discomfort.
I normally treat every other saw in my shop the
same way. I clean them, I set them up for various tasks and I
use them. If I accidentally kink or damage them I will accept it
and move on. But this one. I just fear breaking it. And knowing
I could finance a lot of hand tools if I decided to sell this
one, makes me extra cautious.
The Jubilee saw is not perfect. It does have
scuffs on the handle and having spent a long time idling in a
shed, corrosion has already marked the plate with a few spots of
But still. This saw had not been filed once when
I got it. And it was still sharpish. I have a feeling that the
carpenter in Närpes could have been just as much impressed by
the appearance of this saw as I am.
The plate is dead straight, the polished steel
is so shiny that taking photos of this saw is very difficult. No
matter what light or angle it will always reflect something. So,
although I don't normally struggle with realistically presenting
a hand tool in photographs, this saw is best enjoyed live.
Gotcha. Yours truly being caught in the
But what's so special about this saw? After all
it is no more than an almost exact copy of a Disston D8 with a
saw plate made of higher quality steel and a wheat carved handle
made of rosewood.