As many of you may have seen in prior threads, I had a real Missouri Woodsman's Christmas and was gifted with many things woodsy. One of them was a two man crosscut saw in a champion tooth pattern, shown on an earlier thread. As I had some time today, I decided to start cleaning it up. Using WD40 and 100 grit sand paper, I began working on the main blade in order to remove the rust patina. This is a very slow process to be sure.
Treeline had advised me to spray WD 40 or likewise down the handles in order to remove them as they are Eastern loop handles. That worked just fine. Handles are in great shape. I was hoping to find an acid etched logo on the blade, but was unable to find one. I then started to sand with fine paper the handles that I had removed. The previous owner(s) had kept these very well oiled as it seemed all I was removing was dirt and BLO.
So here is my questions:
1) There is a round Atkins logo and an Atkins No. 8 on each of the handles. My question is does this refer to the saw, or to the handles (i.e., are they No. 8 handles or is this a No. 8 saw)
2) As I remove all the years of oil, sweat, and dirt the underlying wood is beautiful. However, I am concerned about sanding out the logos and don't want to necessarily do that. Any ideas on how to get down to bare wood without removing the logos that are etched on the handles?
Thanks in advance fellas and ladies.