Had several more saws than I really need, so decided to get rid of some of my more common Disston types. I feel Disston made some of the better quality saws, and certainly they must have been the most consistent when compared to other vendors, partially due to the QTYs, but I find them less interesting as there are so many of them in the wild.
Anyway, one of the galoots hangin' out on the porch of the oldtools list was after a small backsaw, so I cleaned up one that I had and filed it up as a trade for a 6" double square and a 1/2" paring chisel. Nothing fancy on my part, just a little rasping on the handle, some BLO, and most importantly a good sharpening (took me a couple times to get something cutting well.
Before Pics Here
After: (does this mean I forged this saw? )
After a couple hours of fettlin', this is a very nice little saw that will live a much longer life. I show these pics as I feel these are excellent saws to clean up and use, the quality of the steel and back are very good, the blades often stay pretty straight (this was was almost dead straight, even though the handle was in such bad shape and the saw being neglected for so long...yet it will make a great little joinery saw for the recipient.
I didn't even take the handle off the blade, it's tight the way it is and I'm not one to upset any mojo, so in this case I left it be.