Today, a sword can act as a weapon, a work of art and decoration, or both. Since swords are not used often in the modern world, they need special care. That is why collectors not only want to replenish their collection of swords, but also look after them. Note: if you do not have time or money to give all your swords to the care of a professional, you can take care of them at home. The following guidelines will help you keep one or more swords.
- Clean the blade. This is best done with a paper towel, but you can also use a clean cloth or towel.
- Lubricate the blade. After cleaning, apply grease. Leave a thin film of the product on the blade. Remember: this must be done at least once every six months, and preferably monthly.
- Do not forget that the wooden elements of the sword are also used, so clean the handle and scabbard with a special varnish or wax.It is useful to clean the wooden parts of the sword with lemon oil for furniture.
- Polish the sword. Metal polishing paste can polish the copper parts of the sword.
- The leather details of the sword are waxed. To take care of the sheath, covers and handles covered with leather, you can use wax paste.
- Blades cannot be stored in leather cases. Corrosion will begin. A blade must be stored in a wooden sheath to prevent deformation of the tree.
- Remember that you need to lubricate not only the blade, but also all the metal parts of the sword, including the handle covered with wire. To protect the sword from rust, you can use a silicone spray or some means with lanolin.
- The frequency with which the blade is cleaned with oil depends on the storage area and moisture level. The higher the humidity level, the more often you need to lubricate the blade.
- To protect the blade from the accumulation of dust, which provokes the appearance of chippings, you can use a special cloth to clean the weapon.
- Try to learn about swords as much as possible. In the future, this will come in handy.
- Always lubricate the blade after use, and then pack it in plastic or bag. This will help extend the life and sharpness of the blade.
- If fingers touch steel, rusty prints on the blade may remain. Wear gloves, or if you (or your inquisitive but ignorant friends) touched the blade with your bare hands, be sure to wipe it after that and lightly grease that day.
- It is strongly discouraged to strike with a sword any solid objects. Despite the fact that the sword is a weapon, today it has become a collectible, no need to test its strength.
- Checking a sword is dangerous not only because of the risk of injury, but also because blood causes rust on the blade.
- The blade of the sword must be looked after, but do not use sandpaper and other abrasives that can scratch it - this will seriously spoil the natural look and beauty of the blade.
- The swords used in historical reconstructions are intended for battle, but they were hardened specifically for this purpose. Therefore, before striking a sword with anything, you must make sure that it has been tempered.
A bit of history
As you know, in ancient times, a man has always been a hunter. Perhaps that is why today, most modern men are interested in knives. Some of them become collectors, someone just likes knives, sabers, swords, spears. And someone is still engaged in hunting, so it is important for them that the knife is well sharpened and can clearly strike.
Katana, like any other weapon, be it a firearm or a cold one, needs care. The main steps in caring for this weapon is to clean the blade from contamination, and after that a thin layer of special oil is applied to it to prevent the blade from corrosion. And so as not to damage the blade, it is necessary to use rice paper to wipe the blade, oil and cotton cloth, which will be applied to the oil on the blade, a bag of powder. So that all residual impurities are absorbed and in the end it is necessary to use a special oil for lubrication.
A powder bag is a tampon that consists of a small amount of powder wrapped in high-quality rice paper, and on top of it all is wrapped in silk or cotton cloth. When such a bag is patted on the blade, the powder gradually spills out onto the steel and covers it with a thin layer.