Thanks Jeff. I did not use evapo-rust. I scraped rust off with a disposable blade (avoided etching); then used a maroon 3M pad with Wizards metal polish (avoided etching); then used a fine hand flex sand block (lightly on etching); and finished it all with wax.It looks pretty good but I'm an untrained eye. Did you try Evapo-rust or something else on the metal blade?
My photographic skills dont help. I tried to same the etching as much as I could. Heres a better picture of the etching.Thanks guys. I misunderstood what he meant by the "etching" but he did say a few times that he "avoided etching". I zoomed in on his pictures and barely could see what I suppose was the "etching" but still can't read it as a Disston saw.
I'll be happy to @DSWalker. For the handle I used a combination of a card scraper, 120, 220, and 320 grit sand paper to clean the original finish off. After that I did 3 different applications of shellac, sanding with 220 and 320 grit as well as thinning the shellac between applications. After the last shellac application, I sand with 220 and 320 grit sand paper, followed by a maroon 3M pad, then the gray 3M pad, and white 3M pad (the white one does the trick). After that I use some briwax to protect it.These look great.
This post is inspiring me to try and clean up my father in laws old hand saw. I believe it is a Disston as well.
Do you mind sharing your cleaning method on the handle and it's hardware?
@Chris C I got the perma blue today. I was doing some additional research and I cant believe there is no tutorial in youtube on how to use Perma Blue for bringing back the etcing on an old saw...Cold gun blue (Perma Blue) will bring out the etch... I've used the technique lots of times with decent success.
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I don't know how Chris discovered the Perma-Blue for restoring the etching on old tools but it's been around for awhile as a metal treatment