S3 - Henry Disston & Sons No. 12 Ship Saw. 

Early on (as early as 1848) Henry Disston began producing narrow bladed saws with as little as 1 1/2" depth at the tip.  Such saws as the No. 7, 12, 16, and D8 were sold in this configuration as "ship saws" that apparently were useful to ship builders needing a narrow saw that could saw the gentle curves of ship planks a ribs.  At least in 1918 Disston produced a No. 7 1/2 saw that was marked "ship" on the etch.  Most of these narrow saws were not marked as such, nor were they mentioned in catalogs.  I also know that some of these saws were produced by Disston as "vanity" saws with special hardware store etches.  I own a number of No. 16 "look alikes" that are marked by New Bedford, Mass. hardware stores.  These really are No. 16 "ship saws" that probably were sold to New Bedford ship carpenters.  Aside from the narrower blade (which is difficult to determine from well used saws), the real giveaway is that these narrow bladed saws, having the same etching as regular saws, have no nib.  Erik von Sneidern, in his wonderful "Disstonian Institute" comments on ship saws, and actually shows a picture of a No. 12 ship saw that dates from the 1920s, here:


Erik's saw is noted as having a walnut handle, but the one offered here is a typical apple, wheat carved handle.  This saw has a 26" blade, is filed 7 ppi rip (typical for ship saws) and has been used some, (the tip is 1" deep, and the heel is 6 1/2" at the heel.  The etching is complete, and readable, and the handle has no chips or cracks.  The medallion is the brass, :"Phila" one that dates to the 1920.  It is a good representative of a saw that is not often found (or at least recognized).  Good+

 Price -  $75.00

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