I've got an old Sandvik handsaw with the "double dragon" embossing, similar to with:
Unfortunately these were very shallow stampings, and after all these years mine isn't this sharply delineated. I'm not sure whether that's because there was coloring that has faded, or if this individual just did a brilliant job of edge-lighting theirs.
I don't want to do anything that would risk damaging these, but if there was some way to make the embossing on mine more visible, I'd be interested. I realize that I might be ruining the "patina" of use, but I'm more interested in appreciating the artistry of a working tool than in maintaining collecting value.
If anyone has good thoughts on how to accentuate the embossing, I'd welcome them... and they'd be good techniques to know for other kinds of restoration and decoration.
(Best thoughts I've had so far involve trying to use something like a tinted wax, which would hopefully get caught in the pattern but would be polished off the surrounding surface. But I'm not convinced that's a good idea.)