Since I got this tragic-looking tool at a giveaway (a junk store was moving, and the last day was free) and it had a bit of a name—James Swan tools are present and selling on the ‘bay—I decided the maximum benefit was to sell it. At the same time I put up a 2” Greenlee which I had. It wasn’t much, I thought. Well the Greenlee got all the attention, and indeed sold, but the Swan, all inch and three quarters of it, after two weeks, languished still. I considered keeping it.
The handle appeared to be toast. Two major cracks, and the leather was useless and the tenon over which the leather sits was quite mushroomed.
I wire brushed the steel. Very pitted in places, but it appeared that I could get the back flat enough to make it workable.
The ferrule captured my eye and my heart. It has a lovely patina, and some very fine engraving on the lower edge. I buffed it gently.
The handle was the challenge. The steel just required patience at the grinder.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"