Did a little digging around the antique mall and came across 4 older saw at very reasonable prices, all between $2-$7. They all need a little clean-up including an Evaporust bath, sanding any deep stains on the blades (maybe reveal any etchings?), repair/refinish the handles as needed and then it’s off to the sharpener. While they’re out to be sharpened, I need to re-organize the workbench, it looks awful as seen. More updates to come.
Here are some of the saws after being cleaned up. The blades were all scraped with a razor blade to removed surface rust and gunk. Each was given a 24 hour bath of EvapoRust and finally I hand sanded the blades, progressing from 400 through 600 grit. I was unable to save the etch on the Disston but found a method I may try later to restore it as it is visible still on the saw. The Disstion is a D-20 skewback cut 10ppi crosscut. It is the top saw in the photo below. There is some pitting left on the blade but not enough to effect how it cuts. I still have to put the final coats on that handle and then re-assemble. All will then need to be re-sharpened. But now I have 4 nice users for a grand total of $19.