Unusual Disston medallion

Discussion in 'Forum: Saw Identification and Discussion' started by MountainAsh, Sep 16, 2021.

  1. MountainAsh

    MountainAsh Member

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    Hi all. I have a couple of Disston handsaws with a medallion that that doesnt appear on the "Disstonian Institute" website. They are steel rather than brass and have "Disston " cast twice, above and below the Disston symbol (in the place of the more common "Philada", "Phila" or "U.S.A."). In my researching I have discovered that at one stage Disston had a factory in Sydney, Australia and I am wondering if these are Australian "made" versions
     
  2. David

    David Most Valued Member

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    Pictures always help these discussions. It does sound as though you are correct in your suggestion.
     
  3. MountainAsh

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    Thanks David. I will post some (he says confidently not having done it before).
     
  4. MountainAsh

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    Hi there. Attached are 2 that I have (and I realise I have a 3rd)
     

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  5. David

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    I've never seen that Disston/Disston medallion on any saws here in the US of A. Your having found three of them in Australia sure points towards their having been produced there. Sounds likely to me
     
  6. Dusty Shed Dweller

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    The "Disston-Disston" steel medallion was used on the saws assembled in Sydney (by Porters) during the 1950s. Exclusively used in Australia, not issued in the US/Canada. Imported blades were fitted with handles typically made from "coachwood" (Tas Myrtle - nothofagus).
     
  7. MountainAsh

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    Thanks DSD. The Myrtle makes sense now you mention it.