|Forum topic by Brett||posted 04-16-2015 09:28 PM||613 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
04-16-2015 09:28 PM
I read an article recently about restoring hand saws. The author said that if a saw plate is bent into a U-shape (or tighter), the saw plate should go back to being straight when it is released (assuming it was straight to begin with). I have a few older hand saws, so I decided to try this out.
My older saws (a Disston and Lakeside, both pre-WWII) straightened out nicely, but I was surprised to see that my newer saws (a 20-year-old Disston and 30-something Disston-made Warranted Superior) retained a significant bend of an inch or more. I could straighten out these newer saws by bending them in the other direction, but their softness gave me a little concern.
Are these newer saws worthless for restoring, filing, and using, or should I look for saws with better steel?
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