Disston D-100 Handsaw

D-100 Handsaw
D-100 etch D-100 thumbhole handle


D-100 panel saw
The D-100 was a D-8 with a chip-carved handle. It was manufactured from 1903 until sometime shortly before 1922. It was made in both regular width and ship pattern.

D-100 handle
The fine example shown in the two images on the left is a panel saw in great condition. At the top of the page is a 28-inch rip saw with the dual-grip thumb-hole handle.

The D-100 saw featured a cover-top handle, as did the D-8 and No. 120 Acme. Prior to the introduction of the D-100, those two saws had that feature exclusively for nearly 30 years. The covertop handle was used on the D-17 when it was introduced in 1918. All Disston handsaws got it in 1928.

D-100 Handle

Because the D-8 and D-100 were so similar in their practical aspects, one reason the fancier saw handle may have appealed to carpenters and cabinetmakers was pride in ownership. When one looks at the carefully-made owner's mark on the handle, it's obvious he cared about the saw. Owner's mark


Information taken from Disston 1906 and 1914 catalogs:

Note: The product line was its broadest at this time. Points per inch are not specified so it may be safe to assume the customer could special order any practical number of points on a saw.

D-100 1906 catalog illustration

Skewback, Refined Crucible Steel, Highly Polished Blade, Warranted, Apple handle, Carved and Polished, Brass Screws.
Prices per dozen Retail

Length 16" 18" 20" 22" 24" 26" 28" 30"
Price $16.75 $18.25 $20.00 $22.00 $23.50 $25.00 $28.00 $31.00

Information taken from Disston 1918 catalog:

D-100 Illustration

Skewback, Refined Crucible Steel, Highly Polished Blade, Warranted, Apple Handle,
Carved and Polished, Brass Screws. Thumb-hole In 26" rip, and larger.

Manufactured only in the following lengths and points:
inches points Retail
Cross Cut      
20" 10, 11 $20.00 per dozen
22" 9, 10, 11 $22.00
24" 8, 9, 10, 11 $23.50
26" 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 $25.00
26" 5, 5 1/2, 6 $25.00
28" 5 1/2 $28.00

The D-100 does not appear in the 1922 product line catalog.

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