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Sword Care

Sword Care

Care for Swords, Daggers, Axes and Polearms etc

For shipping purposes the swords come to you with an oil base product on it, or the blades will be lacquered. However, you need to keep a coating of oil or lacquer when the sword is not in use to prevent it from gathering rust. You may use any industrial oil like WD40 or any clear lacquer. If you wish to lacquer your blade and it arrives with an oil coat (you will know the difference) use lacquer thinner to first clean the blade and let it air dry. Test by wiping with a cotton cloth. It should be completely clean. Lacquer thinner will work far better than paint thinner, alcohol, acetone or other solvents. You may then put 4-6 coats as above. Do not use vegetable oil as it will go rancid. If your weapon is made from stainless steel you need not keep it oiled. One final note, the single most important thing when storing or displaying your sword or dagger is, if it has a leather scabbard, do not leave it in the scabbard. This goes even for stainless steel blades. It is, of course, fine to use a scabbard when carrying your weapon, but it simply should not be left in the scabbard for long periods of time.

Using Your Weapon

All of our swords and daggers will stand up to swordplay, both stage combat and reenactments. This by any means does not mean that the blades are indestructible. No matter what the claim, any blade can be damaged in use. Our weapons are well tempered, and because of this are hard enough to take a very good edge yet are not so hard that they do not retain a good spring action. You have no doubt heard about Rockwell hardness. Many modern companies give a Rockwell hardness figure for their product and the general concept is harder the better. This however, especially for a sword blade is erroneous. First of all Rockwell hardness is meant to measure tool hardness and not as many people think, for blades. In a tool, depending on its use, the Rockwell hardness of the working surface is usually a small section of that tool. Over a longer surface the Rockwell will vary up and down the length of the blade 2 to 3 degrees. A knife with a high Rockwell number, once it gets dull is very hard to resharpen it. A sword that is too soft or untempered will not break, but will simply bend and stay bent and if it sharpened it will not hold an edge. Understanding that Rockwell hardness is for tools, not swords and daggers, our blades will range from about 45 to 49 on a Rockwell scale. Hard enough to take and hold a good edge, not so hard to break easily or be difficult to resharpen. When using your sword for swordplay we cannot stress enough that you should wear proper protection for eyes and face, as well as your full body. Even an unsharpened sword can cause serious injury and if precaution is not used easily break bone. In fighting with sword on sword, the opponents blade should be parried with the side of the blade. Edge to edge sword blows will nick both weapons no matter what the steel or temper. Also slapping with the side of the blade should be avoided as a very hard slap can break the blade. These simple truths go for not just our weapons but for any sword that was ever made and no doubt for any sword that ever will be made.

Care For Mail, Helmets And Armour

Your mail shirt or coif will come to you with a heavy coat of oil on it. The easiest way to remove this oil is by dipping it or allowing it to soak in lacquer thinner. Once the oil is removed, moisture in the air and perspiration will cause rust to form. There is really no way to avoid this. The best way to remove light rust is to put the mail piece into a sack or pillow case with fine sand and shake it vigorously until the rust is removed. You may wish to spray a clear silicone coat on the mail. This helps to slow rust down. The best thing is to do after use is clean it with sand. If you are going to store the mail for a longer period of time, the best thing is to oil it again and keep it in a dry place. The oil can be easily removed again. Your helmet or armour can be lacquered or oiled or simply keep it dry and wipe it down with a clean cotton cloth after wearing or handling it.

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