The most common “how to” question sword collectors pose is categorically about sword maintenance. As such, we have written this brief overview to assist collectors protect their swords from rust corrosion and offer simple to follow tips to maintain their sword fittings and blades. It should first be noted however, that this blog article is written specifically for the maintenance of High Carbon Steel European swords. These guidelines should not be applied to Damascus steel swords or Katanas (Samurai Swords ).

 

Sword maintenance is not complicated. Cleaning your sword blade and fittings twice a year will suffice. This process takes 5 to 10 minutes and does not require any machinery.

This article is an easy to follow guide for the proper maintenance of your sword.

Proper Care of Your Sword Maintenance: 5 simple Tips

1- When it comes to swords, humidity plays a crucial factor. Ideally, you should store or display your sword collection in an environment that has about 30% humidity level to avoid rust or corrosion.

2- Avoid skin to blade contact. Such contact will leave oil and salt that will eventually corrode the blade.

3- Do not store your sword in its scabbard for extended periods (30 days or more). Scabbards are made of wood, wrapped in leather. The leather will trap moisture and will eventually corrode the blade if it is left in the scabbard for extended periods.

4- Clean your sword blade and fittings every 6 months if you are simply displaying your sword.

5- Clean and oil your blade after every use, whether used for reenactment combat, cutting tests, or simple training.

In cases when your swords have rust.

Two methods can be tapped to clean the rust off the steel: chemicals and abrasion cleaning.

Chemical cleaning is the simplest way to clean swords. With a quick application light to medium weight oil, such as gun care oils (RemOil or Ballistol), or regular sewing machine oil (found at WalMart). Once oiled, wipe the blade and fittings with a cotton cloth until the oil is no longer visible. This process will remove light rust and dirt.

Abrasion Cleaning: For light handling and humidity rust, Nev-R-Dull, a mild steel chemical cleaner, is recommended. This product will remove any light surface rust while polishing your blade and protecting it with a light coating of oil. For heavier rust imprints, we recommend using a fine sanding pad (180 grit) with oil. Note the direction of the grain on  your blade and fittings. Make sure to follow the direction of the grain as to not cause cross-scratching.

 

When restoring the blade, always start at the base of the blade; smoothly and continuously pushing the sanding pad towards the tip of the blade. This will ensure that you follow the grain of the blade and enhance your blade with a nice satin finish.

 

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7 thoughts on “A Guideline for proper Sword Maintenance

  1. Marlin May says:

    Greetings!
    While I’m saving up for a Feanor, I wonder if you could address the proper care of the scabbard and sword belt, so that all three can be kept for generations.
    Thank you!

  2. Eyal Azerad says:

    Hi Marlin,

    while the scabbard requires very little maintenance. If desired, the leather can be cleaned every 12 months or so. We recommend using Dr. Jackson’s “Hide Rejuvenator”. This will give “life” back to the leather.

    Thank you Marlin.

  3. Zach says:

    I’m not certain I am understanding the preferred methods. Does it go something like this –
    1) Routine cleaning (every 6 months) and light rust should be done by oiling and/or using Nev-R-Dull.
    2) For middling to worse rusting I use the technique shown in the video.

  4. Ryan says:

    Hi, I have two of your swords, the 14th century ‘dagess’ style sword and the glamdring. My 14th c swords pommel and guard are shined and bright always, but the glamdring swords guard and pommel turn a dull blue after only about a month and then need to be repolished. Is there some other treatment I should be using for this swords fittings? I cut with them occasionally, but they mostly are beautiful wall hangers.

  5. Thilina says:

    Hi
    I have a kastane sword of sri lanka. I recently got it. When i first got it there was some greeze applied. I removed it and couldnr apply back when putting back in to scabbord. Now i notice minor scratches over the blade. Please advice how to remove the. And how to store it in the scabbord.
    Thank you

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