Among the tools I’ve found around here are two old chisels. One 1″ marked “EAGLE BRAND WARRANTED” and one 1/2″ marked “OHIO TOOL CO.”
I think you can see the pitting here on the backs (clicking on the pictures opens them up, giving you the option to zoom in closer). I’ve started to work on the 1″ already. Lots of work needed to make these usable. Probably much more work to do to make these usable than is worthwhile; but I get a lot of enjoyment out of trying to make finds like this work again.
In hopes of having some progress to show for this blog post, I’ve shifted my work to the 1/2″ chisel. After working on my coarse oilstone and on sandpaper with very little progress, I’ve resorted to more aggressive measures, and have taken a mill file to it. Even doing this I’m still finding it difficult to get the pits out.
It did result in me being able to get better purchase on my stones and sandpaper, allowing me to get the tip of the back polished enough that I think I can successfully sharpen the chisel now. I’ve been sharpening my chisels to a bevel of 27 degrees or so, but today I don’t have access to a bench grinder, and will be doing this all by hand. Life’s just too short – going to *try* to have the patience to get to 30 degrees on this one.
Spent a lot of time cussing my side clamp honing guide as it failed to keep this crooked blade square, but the 1/2″ chisel is now sharp enough to work with. Don’t know yet how I’m going to deal with the handle on this one. After the old handle broke, someone just kept banging away at it. Step one will be trying to remove the wood that’s still in the socket. Step two will be figuring out what to do about the mushroomed metal where a new handle needs to fit. I suppose I could take a hacksaw and remove the ruined part of the socket, and go from there. Or I could continue to use it like the previous user did, and just bang away at the metal.
Otherwise, anytime I’m bored, I’ve got lots of work ahead trying to grind away at the pits that are still on the back.
The 1″ chisel looks to have fewer issues (just so much more metal to remove). For now though, giving my hands and arms a rest.