As a collector/user of vintage saws, there are a few out there that we will rarely find. The "Panther" Saw, Disston Combination Saw, and of course, the Disston No. 8 Halfback. I have 2 of these in my collection and don't see a need to hold onto this one. I recently bought the plate, back, and medallion at a tool show. The handle was broken off and about 2/3 of it was missing. Since I have the other No.8's I used one of the handles to make a pattern. Starting with the plate, based on the stamp(it pre-dates etchings on Disston Saws) it was made sometime during the 1850's- early 1860's(though it's hard to nail down some of these more obscure models of saws due to the factories using what they had stock of). It looks to be close to full width, but there were some issues with the tooth line, one being a nice ding closer to the toe. Unfortunately there was no way to remove the ding without jointing the teeth down first. 95% of the ding is gone now, the plate has been re-tensioned and after the pictures were taken I re-cut new teeth back to what it was before(10tpi crosscut). The plate is as close to perfectly straight as it ever will be. There is some consistent pitting, but nothing that affects the cutting action of the saw. I don't strive to make old tools look new, just clean and well taken care of. If the new owner wants to further clean it they can. The saw cuts perfectly and holds a line better than when it was new. The split-nuts were pretty rough and since I had to make a new handle I decided to replace them with new ones that I make. I'm not 100% sure as to when or if the medallion was replaced, but it's a "Warranted Superior Eagle" It has a pat. date of Dec 1857 in small lettering that can be seen in the pictures. It is a 13/16", which is what Disston would have used on this saw. The back was in decent shape for it's age, but it had some sharp gouges on the top of it(can be seen in pics) so I lightly sanded them down so they weren't sharp and applied a light bluing and then buffed it out to match the saws patina. The replacement handle I made for the saw is modeled after an 1860's No.8(the prettiest handle in my opinion and it is close to historically accurate). I made it out of Apple to keep with the original theme and applied 2 coats of a custom stain mixture I use on original handles to blend fixes. I wanted it to look as original as possible so I went with a semi-gloss lacquer for a top coat. I love the Half-Back saws and I think they make awesome users when you want a saw that is big enough to do most tasks but nimble enough for joinery work as well. Some people would get sick at the notion of using such a collector piece, but I tune every saw I sell so if the new owner wanted to use it, they would have a perfectly functioning tool!

    1850's-60's Disston No. 8 Half-Back Saw 18" 10tpi