I've been working my way through a bunch of chisels that has been my grandfather's. They are all quality chisels that he used in his woodshop, but after he died, I guess others have been borrowing those chisels for other uses. My grandmother gave me those (and a lot of other tools) last year. They'd been lying around for 15 years since my grandfather died.
I was flattening the back of a 3/4" chisel yesterday, when I noticed that there seemed to be a large bump on the back, and I wasn't flattening anything at all in the first half inch of the chisel!
A bit of checking with a ruler confirmed my suspicion. It seems like a fine chisel has been used to open paint cans or something. It is slightly bent.
How would you deal with this?
I'm considering two options. One is to try bending it back (which I have some doubts about), and the other is to file the bump away.
The bend is slight enough that filing some of it off wouldn't matter. But it would take hours of grinding on the water stones.