My grandfather was born in 1913 and lived in Charlotte, N.C.
He died in 1987 when I pretty young. I knew him as a very soft-spoken family man. I have also heard numerous stories about his skill as a woodworker. The best examples I have are the hand-carved firearm stocks he made (he was an avid hunter). Other than a few things he made, I know him by his tools.
Most of his tools went to my father back in the late-80s. When my dad passed away (almost 2 years ago), I gathered as many of the tools that I could find (both my father’s and grandfather’s).
I don’t have much experience restoring tools, but my hope is to clean up and bring a few of them into decent condition. I have a busy work schedule so I won’t promise extremely rapid (or even semi-regular) updates. But, everything I show in this blog has sentimental value to me.
Any advice about cleaning/polishing/de-rusting/conditioning or whatever is greatly appreciated.
I have no idea about the brand for this chisel. Anybody know? As shown below, there is a stamp that reads “HARDENED – TOOL STEEL – MADE IN U.S.A.”
Here is quick cell phone “before” picture.
I’m doing some sharpening inspired by Paul Sellers. I have 220, 400, and 600 on some plate glass and I’m sharpening by hand (glass cleaner for lapping fluid). I was surprised at the amount of material (burr) removed by the 220. Apologies for the poor image.
After some sandpaper for rust removal and sharpening, I rubbed 3-in-1 oil into the metal and then did a quick polish or two using Wenol. For the handle, I added a little old English conditioner/scratch cover (couldn’t find anything else). What would be a good product for this old handle?