How to clean your sword? Below are some fun facts on how to help care for your sword and keep it looking brand new for as long as possible.
Wielding a Sword
ALL edged weapons, battle ready or not, may be liable to cause injury or fatality. These weapons are also susceptible to become damaged if used improperly. Below are a couple of do’s and don’ts for care of your own personal sword.
Please Use Common Sense
Be responsible and aware of your surroundings, please do not swing any edged weapon carelessly. Keep in mind that your sword, battle ready or not, is still a weapon and can cause serious injury or possible death. Although we all have that “warrior” instinct inside of us, we must remember we do not live on a battlefield. Make sure you are extremely cautious of objects surrounding you and ensure you have plenty of room. Swords can also slip out of your hands. Selling your sword to pay for a lawsuit settlement is a big bummer. Be very careful and use common sense when handling your sword.
The Samurai respects his swords’ edge and protects it at all costs
No matter how tough or strong the steel is in any sword, it will chip or be damaged when struck against something equally hard. Do not bang your sword against another sword in theatrical-style duel. Do not bang your sword against any hard object to test its strength or to hear the notorious “sword sound” of the steel as it hits a hard object. Swords used for theatrical purposes are custom made with added thickness and dull edges to be able to sustain a fight scene.
Do not attempt to chop, cut or slice down trees with your sword. Such an activity is guaranteed to damage your sword. Axes and machetes are well designed for that very purpose with a weighted blade. When you strike a firmly fixed object like a tree or a thick branch with a sword, a great deal of the blade projects past the object being cut, causing the blade to bend or torque. It should be pointed out that the Japanese, who believe in a lot of practice with the sword, used thick bamboo. The bamboo was resistant to a cut, but didn’t have the rigidity of a tree, and so would not have damaged a valuable blade. For a Japanese warrior to cut in to a tree would have been unthinkable.
What is the first step in treating your brand new sword? Proper sword care begins as soon as your new sword arrives.
Immediately After Receiving Your New Sword