Saw derusting surprises

I’ve been working on my saws. My first victim was that rusty old Jackson backsaw from the last journal entry. I followed this dude’s instructions and ended up with a significantly derusted version:

It was fairly pitted, but I intentionally started on a saw that wasn’t in such hot shape. I applied a lot of wax, so it should saw very cleanly once I bang out the kink at the end and get the teeth in decent shape.

Having this as encouragement, I decided to attack the “Warranted Superior” saw that had been sitting around for a while with the handle off. I got that saw very soon after moving to San Francisco for $2 from a couple of old ladies who were selling stuff out of their garage on weekends. The blade of that guy was in really nice shape, with very little rust, so I didn’t expect the derusting to take very long.

However, after scraping a bunch of rust off with the razor blade, I came across the etching. I thought I was on crack or something when I first read it, so I used a little bit of care to raise it to be able to see it for real:

Winchester handsaw

This saw is a Winchester #16. Or is that a #46? Huh? Apparently, these are somewhat collectible; they were not made for long (according to this, in any case). Who really made this saw? Beats me. We know that Stanley and Sargent made the Winchester planes.

Now I don’t know what to do. Should I sell it? The blade is in stellar shape, but the handle isn’t so hot; the top horn is a little broken, and the finish was crap. I’ll probably just continue on with the restoration, dunno. The teeth are rip profile, but it’s been improperly sharpened with crosscut fleam.

Published by bricsuc

I have no idea what I'm doing.

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