Our local library has a “tool library”, where neighbors can borrow tools for house repairs. They gave away a number of donated tools and I ended up with a couple of box backsaws and a couple of rip saws.
I started refurbishing one of the rip saws, a 26″ 8 PPI Atkins. I believe it is a No. 53 skew back ship point pattern (http://atkinssaws.blogspot.com/). It didn’t see a lot of use from the wear pattern.
This is my first hand saw refurbishing. I attempted to sharpen the saw and tested it on a piece of pine. I made a test cut before sharpenning and another after sharpenning. The kerf seems very rough. Is this to be expected or did I do a bad job with the file?
You could try reducing the set with Paul’s two-hammer technique.
Some people file one stroke on each side of the teeth after setting, but this might not apply to your Ship Point pattern. It looks as though its designed to work in both directions, more like a green-wood saw. Quick and rough.
I have a similar one. From a Cabinet Maker’s toolchest. He only had top-quality saws. I never figured how this belonged in there. Mine has no set whatsoever. It just hacks through the wood. Nothing straight. Nothing tidy. I showed it to Paul. He suggested I resharpen and set as for a standard rip cut. Mine is just over 2 PPI. Here it is alongside a Disston Crosscut for scale.