Rust Removal for older hand saws

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Forum topic by bobpetti posted 11-29-2007 06:26 PM 1599 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2007 06:26 PM

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Hey guys,

I was up visiting my Mom over the holidays and (as usual) poking around in the garage where my Dad did a bunch of his woodworking. I happened upon a couple really old hand saws that I had forgotten about, one rip one crosscut. I would like to clean them up, as they are spotted with rust, but there are markings on them that I’d like to preserve, so an abrasive rust removal is not my first choice. Anyone have any thoughts on good products that I can use to help out here?

Also – anyone know a good mail order source for traditional hand saw sharpening? These are not likely to be collectible saws, but I know they are 40+ years old and I want to have them in my shop in good working order if possible. One saw has the name of an old family friend engraved on the blade, so there is a lot of sentimental attachment there.


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#1 posted 11-29-2007 06:43 PM

I don’t know what this would do to the markings but I’ve recently learned that a mixture of molasses and water will remove rust. It will also eat some other metals (aluminum I think) so you may need to remove the blade from the handle, but it may work for the saw.

-- Che.

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#2 posted 11-29-2007 08:17 PM

You might try “naval jelly” on a little spot. (It doesn’t come out of your belly button, that is a trade name. Google search it and see what you think) You might find this post interesting. I sharpen saws.

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#3 posted 11-30-2007 07:41 PM

Evapo-Rust is by far the safest and most effective rust removal product out there. You can buy it online or at Auto Zone (they keep it in the spray paint cage).
I used it on a bunch of tools that rusted while they were in storage. Amazing stuff!

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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