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DISSTON No. 9 PANEL RIP SAW 1886 -1887

This is a fine antique Disston No 9 - 18" handsaw in fine condition. It was made during their quality years 1880's -1890's. It is considered one of the highest quality saws Disston ever made “the No. 9 saw with EXTRA REFINED - LONDON SPRING STEEL". It is an 8ppi rip saw and freshly hand sharpened by the previous owner. A very good tooth per inch for kiln dried cabinet grade wood – having a thin kerf and smooth finish on the cut. It is a clean saw with a clear readable etch, but the nib is MIA over the last 100+ years. It is a saw plate with 5” at the heel and 18" length. It is straight saw with sticky sharp teeth. Sharpened with a 4 degree rake it is a smooth aggressive straight cutter. The saw has a good taper grind with .032 just above the tooth line and .024 at the top of the blade so little set was needed for kiln dried hardwoods, but I did fine tune the set a little more so it can be used with softwoods as well. It has been tested and saws smoothly in mahogany and white oak here at the shop. It cuts fast and straight. You can close your eyes and still cut on the line if you start it correctly. The apple wood handle is good with a little off the top horn. The handle is very comfortable and locks in your hand. It has a fine balanced hang and is comfortable when using. There are a lot of good saws but this Disston No. 9 saw is one of the best user quality saws. It is the same saw as a No.12 saw except it does not have the vine carvings on the applewood handle. What made the No. 9 saw more expensive and higher in quality was the work that went into it. The blade was subjected to more hammer work than lesser-quality saws to give tension to the steel. The controlled introduction of internal stresses into the cold steel through hammering and subsequent tempering, resulting in a "tensioned" saw blade, creates a blade that is less likely to wander or vibrate unnecessarily in use. An added result of this tensioning is a blade that has a characteristic ringing or "singing" sound when tapped. This saw rings like a bell. Another feature of the No. 12 handsaw is the extra taper in the blade. In order to reduce the amount of set required on the teeth, the No. 12 was ground thinner at the back than other models. Disston claimed the steel was harder in the No. 12 saw, which would enable the saw plate to be ground thinner while still remaining stiff enough stand up to mild abuse. After grinding and hammering, the blade was polished to almost a mirror finish. A saw you will look to in your shop for the finest work. In fact you will go to this saw because of its small size offers control and gives a very smooth finish to the cut.