Care Each Day Keeps The Rust Away

Picture this scenario: you have had your eye on that prized sword for months.  You imagine the excitement of having that shiny blade in your very own hands, as it means you are one step closer to becoming a swordsman.  You pinch your pennies for a while, eating off the dollar menus at fast food restaurants and staying home Friday nights.  Then, finally, the day has arrived when you are able to purchase your dream sword.  You are ecstatic and have fun handling it.  But one day you see the horror that is before you…the shine of the blade is dulled and rust has formed.  This is every sword owner’s worst nightmare, so here are some sword care tips to help you avoid this tragic situation.

Gun metal Sword:

Gun Metal Sword

As real sword blades are made of high carbon steel, they are prone to acquiring rust if not given proper care.  To ensure that your sword blade remains rust free, it is recommended to apply oil to it routinely.  You can use either natural oil, such as mineral oil, clove oil, or camellia, or synthetic oil, like silicone.  Both types of oil will do the job.  Another way to aid in preventing rust and pitting is not to store your sword in the scabbard or sheath.  Metal scabbards have the tendency to sometimes cause deformations on the blade surface and leather scabbards accumulate moisture easily, which will accelerate rust.

In the terrible event that your sword blade does develop rust, there is no need for immediate freak out!  There are a few ways to remove most, if not all, of the rust.  Before rust removal, it is advisable to clean the blade of oils, wax, and other substances first.  This can be done with isopropyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, or even dish detergent, but be sure to dry the blade thoroughly.  All residue should be gone.  To remove rust, you will then need a chemical treatment.  CLR (calcium, lime, rust) is one of the most popular treatments today.  There are also other chemical treatments that you will find at your local hardware store.  These chemicals may have to be used quite a few times, depending on the severity of the rust.  Also, using a standard pencil eraser can remove rust spots.

After the sword blade’s rust extermination has been successfully executed, you will want to safeguard it by administering protective oil again.  Once again, natural or synthetic oil is fine.  After thoroughly and evenly coating the blade, wipe off excess oil and it will be ready for storage.

Patton Sword:

Patton Sword

There are a few other cautionary care tips that will also contribute to a long lasting sword life.  One thing that will assist in maintaining a sword’s lifespan is to avoid touching the blade whenever possible.  The acids in skin oils may accelerate rust and discoloration, as well as pitting and etching.  Another helpful hint is to clean the sword blade after every use.  A rag with oil on it would be good to have on hand solely for this specific task.

While following these guidelines of sword care do not guarantee a problem free ownership, they will drastically remove many risks.  After all, you have wished and waited for your sword for so long, so why not do whatever it takes to ensure your sword is the best it can be.  And now that you’re inspired to become a sword owner, take a look at our sword collection at:  http://www.armorvenue.com/

 

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