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Jonathan Brummer appreciated a good saw when he saw one. In fact, the Wausau, Wisconsin native could rarely pass up buying a saw and so his garage was full of them. Although Jon was a barber by trade, he longed to be a professional carpenter. Little did the men of Wausau know that when he was trimming their hair, he was actually dreaming of sawing 2X4's.

Mrs. Brummer on the other hand, really didn't understand Jon's fascination with hand saws and she thought it odd that he had built himself a large wooden box to house several of his favorite saws. He kept the wooden saw box in the back of his station wagon just in case there was an emergency situation that required a saw. She would roll her eyes whenever Jon opened up the rear tailgate to check on his saws and she was quick to make excuses when the grocery bag boy had to lift the grocery bags over the large wooden box.

Irony played in Jonathan's favor when Wausau was hit by a freak wind storm back in the spring of 1957. Jon and his wife were driving home from the store after the violent storm when they came across a school bus which stopped in the middle of the road, embraced by a huge oak tree. Jon slammed on the brakes, jumped out of the car and ran to see if anyone was hurt. He peered in the windows to see a group of panicking school children and a frazzled looking bus driver.

"WE CAN'T GET OUT! ...THE DOOR AND WINDOWS ARE BLOCKED BY THE LIMBS!!!" The excited bus driver yelled to Lester.

Jon tried to control the glee he felt as he raced back to his station wagon to grab one of his saws. There was some tight spaces between the limbs so he choose his trusty old 26" Disston panel saw.

There are still a few people around Wausau who remember that stormy day back in '67 when a "hero" barber came to the rescue of a bus-load of school children, single-handedly sawing off tree limbs to make good their escape.

For sale is a vintage 26" panel saw made by Disston & Sons of Philadelphia. From the design on the brass emblem, this saw was made between 1918 - 1940. This old saw has a wonderful patina from years of use.

This is a well used saw with some surface rust and light pitting on the blade. The wood handle has some surface splits along the grain of the wood in a few spots and a small chunk off the top lip. The lower screw head is missing. The saw blade is pretty straight.

If you like Disston saws, you might also consider this one:

1918-1940 Disston No. 7 Saw - 26" Panel Saw


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: wood, metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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