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Forum topic by 806jlb posted 04-09-2013 02:31 PM 1714 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2013 02:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: disston hand saw restoration disston blade etching question refurbishing

I have several vintage Disston hand saws that I would like to restore. I was able to pick up two saws for $5 at an estate sale that I wanted to practice on before attempting to restore my personal saws. After scrapping the rust with a razor blade, and wet sanding with 600 grit sandpaper (with a sanding block) and mineral spirits, I thought I would find the Disston etching. Unfortunately, I was unable to uncover the etching on either saw. Does anyone know how common it is to find or not find the Disston blade etching when restoring? The etching on my personal saws is partially visible without any restoration, and should clean up nicely. The blades on the two saws I purchased were rough, and the etching was not visible. I thought that they would clean up nicely, exposing the etching, but was wrong.

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#2 posted 04-09-2013 03:14 PM

I came across a thread yesterday that recomended putting cold gun blueing then using fine sandpaper to see if it shows up…

I was thinking if I had to do it I’d try machinist blue dykem (because I have it)...

I dont know, but its probably worth a shot.

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 12:56 AM

That’s a great link waho, lots of detail.

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 12:43 PM

Thanks for the input. I tried the cold gun blue several times last night with little effect. I guess the saws were just too far gone. Oh well, I guess I now have a couple of good wall hangers!

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