I purchased this screwdriver on eBay sometime
ago. It was part of the lot that included about 20
different item, all rusted and appearing useless. I
spotted this screwdriver and a few other items that I could use and
purchased the lot.
Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of the
screwdriver before restoring it to a usable state. I remember that it was very dirty, the blade was
very rusty and I could see some pitting at the tip. Also,
the ferule was missing and the handle was cracked at the point
where blade tang was inserted into the handle.
After cleaning the blade I discovered a maker
name. The stamp reads - John Miller, Cast Steel.
The only information I could fine about this toolmaker is a
record in EAIA's Directory of American Toolmakers:
John Miller, located in Donegal, PA
Tool Types: Blacksmith Tools, Carpenter Tools, Edge
Tools & Farm Tools
Miller was a blacksmith who made tools
No dates of operation
There is no assurance that this specific record is directly
related to the toolmaker of this screwdriver. However,
this is the only record that is the closest match. Further
research and more tool examples of this maker will be needed to
identify the maker and dates of his operation.
for this screwdriver was to make it a "user" and use it in my
restoration work on handsaws. For this reason some major repair
was needed. Here are some major tasks that I performed:
separated the blade from the handle by putting the blade
into a vise and slowly moving handle from one side to
another until I could feel that handle will come off easy.
handle was very dry and had two major cracks, I decided to
soak the handle in Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) for a week or
meantime I cleaned the blade with sandpaper and grinded the
tip to a usable condition.
I had to
file a notch for split nuts on the tip to the clean and
week in the BLO bath, the handle had another week of sun
bath. The sun in New Mexico is very strong even during
the winter and BLO dries very nicely. I usually wiped
off the excess of BLO twice a day and after a few
days I could see that “sweating” stopped. The handle was
ready for further work.