Disston No. 99 Handsaws

No. 99 Handsaw

No. 99 handle

The Disston No. 99 saw was sold from about 1850 until 1918 or so as a high-end model. It was similar to the No. 9 saw of the same period, but Disston claimed in its 1876 catalog that the best blades were selected for use in the No. 99, and called them Extra Refined London Spring Steel. The handle has more medals than a French General. The handle shape changed during production, the earliest example shown in a catalog illustration below. The handle shown in the photo here is similar to a No. 16 saw. The close-up handle was offered from 1888 until the saw was discontinued.

No. 99 Handsaw

By 1906 the design of the No. 99 saw had changed again. The handle looked even more like that of the No. 16 saw with its carving. It's an uncommon saw.

No. 99 etch
No. 99 Handle

Information taken from Disston 1876 catalog:

No. 99 1876 catalog illustration
No 99

Same Saw as No. 9, Selected Blades, Prize Medal Saw, Etched, Extra Refined London Spring Steel.

 per Dozen
26"  $30
28"  $34
30"  $38

Information taken from Disston 1890 catalog:

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No. 99 1890 catalog illustration
No. 99

New, No. 99 Prize Medal Saw, Extra Refined London Spring Steel, patent ground, selected grained blade. Polished Apple Handle, close up, 4 Improved Screws.
 per Dozen
16" $16.50
18" $18.50
20" $20.50
22" $22.50
24" $24.50
26" $26.00
28" $30.00
30" $34.00

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.

No. 99 1914 catalog illustration
No. 99

Extra Refined London Spring Steel, Selected Blade
Warranted, Close-up Apple Handle, Full Polished, Brass Screws.
Prices per dozen Retail

Length 16" 18" 20" 22" 24" 26" 28" 30"
Price $22 $24 $26 $29 $31 $32 $36 $40

[The catalog description fails to mention it, but the illustration shows that the handle on the post-1900 No. 99 saw is carved.]

The No. 99 appears in the 1918 catalog, first edition, but not the third edition, printed in 1923.

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