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Forum topic by Marn64 posted 08-28-2018 01:22 AM 436 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2018 01:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hacksaw restoration disston

Hello everyone,
Recently, I found a very rusty Disston hack saw that predates the “& Sons” logo, meaning that, if my research is correct, it is circa mid 19th century. I am unsure if it is valuable or not, but from what I’ve read early Disston’s are rarer, and for what it is worth this is the first time I’ve ever seen one. I’ve already evaporusted the pin, bolt, and wingnut on the far end of the frame, but I need to derust the frame and the handle end bolt, which is held in by a split nut at the butt end of the handle. The problem is however, the split nut is rusted on tight, and I don’t want to spray any lubrication or apply any rust remover while the handle is still on. I would like to keep & fix the original handle, especially if this thing turns out to be valuable, but in all honesty, it would help get that split nut off if the handle wasn’t in the way. So my question is twofold, first, does anyone know if this thing is rare or not, and second, should I chisel the handle off and turn a new one or go the harder route and try and salvage the original?

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#1 posted 08-28-2018 01:41 AM

I would guess that a hacksaw isn’t too desireable. Well into the less than 100$ range. I’ll ask a buddy who deals tools.

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