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Another saw from an old friend’s garage.

I’m not familiar with the Sheffield Warranted saws and will be looking for etching on the blade. The “A” leads me to think this is an Atkins product.

The E.C. Atkins Company of Indianapolis, IN operated from 1856 though the 1950s. The nicely shaped handle makes me think it’s from the 1930s. Atkins’ saws have good blades, but the handles of later tools suck – ugly, cheap looking – as if they had no regard for the implicit value of design.  That’s another story – this one has a good looking handle.  If this were a rare saw, I’d think twice about the aggressive rust removal.

I begin by disassembling the saw and gathering the tools for cleaning the blade. I’ll go at it with razor blades and scrape off the rust. Doing this dry and vacuuming the rust dust is slightly less messy than working with oil or solvents.