I have inherited a few generations of hand tools, some rusty, some like new.
I am attempting to find what the general feeling is about restoring these.
The rusty ones have a
light coating of red rust; the braces and bits are heavily rusted, but not
pitted (and the hand saws
and planes are beautiful and sharp!).
The questionable ones date from the late 1800s to the 1950s and include:
Assorted diemaker's tools (stuff the size of dentist's instruments)
Braces and bits
Awls / punches ?
Hammers of many (most?) types and sizes
Nail pullers (had to look it up, had never seen one. Bridgeport Hardware Mfg
Co. Model 56)
And a few that I haven't figured out yet.
The dozens of screwdrivers and chisels were wiped off and put on the pegboard
for immediate use. For
the rest, my options appear to be-
-give them a wipedown with oil
-phosphoric acid to convert the rust to iron phoshate (Ospho)
-whatever else the group suggests
The hammer handles are unfinished but most appear smooth from use.
I won't be selling them, and most I will probably never use. I just don't want
them to deteriorate
What should I do?