So I picked up this large White , 17″ overall length, spoke shave at an auction along with other treasures like four Stanley 45 butt gauges. The base is pretty rusted but not pitted and should clean up nicely. The handles are kind of beat up. The blade is original and has some pits in nonfunctional areas, should not affect work.
Should I just try to just clean up the unit and keep original handles and use it, or should I make new handles? Is the original worth more than a refit?
And what are Stanley 45 butt gauges used for??