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John in New Mexico
Pits do not interfere with use. They merely offend the eye of collectors.

I would suppose that the "leaking" phosphate somehow stains wood? Even powdery oxide would be annoying on a piece of maple, perhaps the phosphate is dusty and begrimes lighter woods? No clue.

On a user plane I would ignore the pits and if they cause a problem I would probably try to stabilize anything leaking out with some paint or clear coat. But then I'm no collector. The only times I've ended up with collectible tools I've sold them and replaced them with usable tools.

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