After some help from fellow Lumberjocks and a little research (here), I determined that this beautiful old backsaw is about a hundred years old (give or take).
I carefully took apart old saw and put the blade through the electrolysis process. Then I stripped the handle (which was covered in layers of paint and dripped varnish)... and applied Shellac. I also polished the brass. This is the result:
On a side note… Here’s a little shop humor for you:
I also just finished a chest of drawers for my workbench. So all of my favorite hand tools have a really nice home now:
Happy woodworking everyone!
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