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The other day I purchased a Disston D-8 thumbhole rip saw.
I have had some of these before and knew them to be very good saws.
I decided to investigate the history of this saw further and found some interesting information.
For a time in the late 1870's and early 1880's, Henry Disston and Sons exhibited their fierce protection of patents related to their saws, which were copied by other manufacturers.
Some to keep an eye out for include: Look for chisels with wooden handles or with specialty, curved blades.
Ideally, you'll be able to find hand tools in person.
or thumbhole-handled saw was designed for those laborious rip cuts.
The handle is gripped normally with the lead hand and the thumb of the second hand is put through the thumbhole.
The fingers of the hand are then wrapped across the top of the saw handle.
The D-8 legend goes: Henry Disston sketched his design on the factory floor to show his engineers what he had in mind.
The theory put forth by the company in 1874 advertising was that the "peculiar formation of the blade actually stiffen[s] and strengthen[s] it in a remarkable degree." Another interesting fact is that the D-8 was the first Disston saw to use the letter "D" in its designation.