The Saw in History

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H. Disston & sons, incorporated, 1916 - Saws - 63 pages
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Page 8 - And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brickkiln : and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon.
Page 5 - The saw is one of the most anciet of tools known to man. It antedates civilization. Its use dates back to the Neolithic or later stone age, before the discovery of metals, when only the crudest of implements were constructed.
Page 5 - A Grecian fable describing the origin of the saw relates how Talus having found the jawbone of a fish, produced an imitation by cutting teeth in iron.
Page 47 - With the spring-set the point of one tooth is bent to the right, the next to the left, and so on alternately throughout the length of the saw.
Page 8 - Although one of the simplest and oldest of tools, it was not until the last two or three centuries that the saw attained its universal importance. Iron was necessary in its construction. "The invention of steel was a powerful stimulant in the development of the saw. "Steel is the only metal which could withstand the manipulation and strains in the manufacture and use of saws. "The real beginning of modern wood-cutting types dated from the introduction of the power-mill. The ordinary...
Page 13 - ... mills were all of the vertical reciprocating type, the saws being strained along a strong rectangular frame. The following will be of special interest to the people of Michigan : "The first circular saw in this country is supposed to have been produced by Benjamin Cummins, about 1814, at Bentonville, NY — his facilities consisting solely of the ordinary tools and equipment of a blacksmith's shop. The fate so often accorded great men was his, for he now lies in a lonely, secluded spot in the...
Page 9 - IN early periods, the trunks of trees were split with wedges into as many and as thin pieces as possible ;f and if it was necessary to have them still thinner, they were hewn on both sides to the proper size.
Page 12 - ... dated from the introduction of the power-mill. The ordinary reciprocating up and down paving the way for later improvement. Crude as were these old-fashioned upright saws, they were a big improvement over the previous method of sawing a log with one man in a pit beneath it and another standing above. "The earliest mills were driven by wind power, but a 13th century manuscript shows a water-wheel saw. "Germany had waterpower mills as early as 1322, (Augsburg). "America's first saw-mill was built...
Page 6 - Archaeologists agree that the age of these blades is between 6000 and 7000 years. They were at least 2000 years old when Abraham lived. They are the handiwork of Sumerians, a race of ancient Babylon. These people dwelt in the part of the world popularly known as the "Garden of Eden''. "The earliest prehistoric saws were simply small flakes of flint, notched by chipping. "In the stone-age, man's ingenuity increased with his needs, and he discovered that by mounting his serrated flint chips in a groove...
Page 5 - The bronze age, with its progress of mankind toward civilization, brought a corresponding development in the saw. While the length and form of the stone saws of the earlier period were determined largely by accident, bronze permitted of manipulation into desired shapes, and its Fig. 1 introduction marked a distinct improvement in form. As the ancients...

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