I was out strolling the yard sales looking for an old Stanley handplane to restore but instead I came across two old Disston handsaws for $10 each. I personally don’t have many antique tools but have been thinking about starting a little collection lately so I picked them both up and took them home. When I got home I went on to the disstonian institutes website and found the saws I had just purchased.
The first saw is a D8 that I dated between 1896-1917. It has the handle with the thumbhole and 5tpi.
The second saw is a D23 that I dated between 1928-1940.
Both saws are in pretty good shape to start with and I would like to restore them as high quality users. The D8s blade is pretty black and there is some pitting mostly at the heel of the blade and the D23s blade is very clean with a very clear etching.
I am looking for advice on how to go about cleaning the blades, handles and the brass. I have read about different methods like electrolysis, using the store bought rust removers or just using elbow grease and wet sanding the blade. Also I would like to know how valuable these saws may be to collectors too.
-- Greg in Ontario, Canada