I found no reference or illustrations there about their use on back saws.Given that the brass back is marked simply Disston and that this logo predates the use of the Disston and Son logo introduced in about 1865, I believe we can safely date this saw as being from the Civil War era of 1860 - 1865.They had their line of tools made for them by the big makers like Disston & Stanley. Simmons did not make tools or saws they marketed them, and were masters at it. They had their line of tools made for them by the big makers like Disston, Atkins, Stanley or others. Cresson, an early Philadelphia PA saw maker used this style nut before Disston bought them out around 1860.According to the Disstonian Institute, a website about Disston Saws and their history, Disston used this style nut on their handsaws in the 1860's - 1870's.My personal saw is a 24″-long panel saw (most handsaws are 26″ long). Some day I’ll be man enough to use something even coarser. Tenon saws start at 12″ long, though I recommend the longer ones. I like something that is 12 points to 14 points, filed crosscut, and about 14″ long. The carcase saw shown in the photo is a sweet Wheeler, Madden & Clemson XLCR saw. Dovetail saw: This is perhaps the most personal saw, so ignore my recommendation completely. This is a love-it-or-leave-it saw for most people, so I recommend you try before you buy. The types of saws overlap with one another in size and tooth configuration.
Prices seen are relatively recent or pieces that have held their value and reflect what I believe to be current values. There was an article in a MWTCA Gristmill a while back by saw collector / researcher Phil Baker that indicated he had one this size and that it is overall smaller in scale than the 14" or others. It is complete w/ its vice and in very nice condition. The handle is pretty nice noting the tip of the top horn is chipped. (see pic) Looking down the tooth line they are not all at the same height. Note the distinctive handle shape with the bottom squared off. This Disston duplex saw is marked on the blade with a faint etch. I have read that these were only offered for about 20 years or so up to 1935. The condition of this rare #77 No Set Disston & Son Back Saw is as nice as you will ever find or see. The brass back in addition to the Disston & Eagle logo is stamped spring steel / extra temper as well as the Phila. The fruitwood handle is solid with just minor slivers / chips off the horns.
When it comes to saws, aspiring sawyers have two basic questions: What saws should I own to build furniture? During the last couple years I’ve been teaching a few classes on sawing, with more classes on the horizon. Below is my basic set, which is based on the furniture I build (casework, chairs, tables, general stuff), my personal preferences (I like longer, coarser saws) and established historical practice.
In other words, if you have a problem with my list, make you own list and post it below in the comments.
The Keen Kutter line was offered by the Simmons Hardware Co as their top of the line product. The Simmons Hardware Co offered tools under the Keen Kutter name as their top of the line product.
They did not make tools or saws they marketed them, and were masters at it. They also offered Oak Leaf tools as their second line. Functions like a Disston 43 or 43, looks like a MF buck Rogers design with the space age metal handle.