Blade & Armour Care
BLADE AND ARMOUR CARE
Swords and the like are not toys. Store in safe place and maintain with care. When wielding be aware of your surroundings & act responsibly.
Most of our blades are made from carbon steel. In order to keep your carbon steel blade or plate armor in pristine condition correct maintenance must be practiced. Your product will arrive with a coat of oil or grease. With some swords there may be some white wax residue on the blade from the inside of the sheath (this will settle over time). You will need to re-oil a bare blade or armor after every-time you touch it (with exception to waxing), the acid in the sweat from your fingertips can rust the carbon steel, so make sure you wipe these away before re-oiling your blade. If any sort of residue or contaminant is on the steel this will need to be cleaned away to stop rusting. It is also good practice to re-oil every 3-6 months depending on the humidity, and if the item has been sitting for some time.
REMOVING OLD OIL: Use a clean dry cloth like an old T-shirt or paper towels. For stubborn grease/residue you can add a little methylated spirits or turpentine to the cloth. Do not get chemicals on any of the swords trims as it can destroy certain patinas, stains, finishes and materials.
PROTECTION: Option 1). For blades stored in their wooden sheath.
Apply just enough oil to cover the blade. It does not need to be dripping wet. This creates a barrier stopping oxidization/ rust. Leaving this oil layer on the blade you can then sheath it.
There are a number of different oils to choose from. Our best recommendation is silicone oil*. We sell this on our website. Code: SIL1
You can also use mineral, choji (which we also sell) and gun oil. WD40 or CRC work but they dry out over time, unlike silicone oil.
Do not use cooking oils as they will eventually go rancid.
Option 2). For exposed steel. Blades on display and armour.
If you prefer not to use wet oils - We sell a dry to the touch, clear, micro-crystalline wax polish/protectant called, “Renaissance Wax”. Code: WAX01
This is perfect for exposed steel blades, steel fittings and armour. Once applied, the steel can be handled, without the need for immediate reapplication. Bugs and fluff will not stick to it, unlike wet oils.
Some swords & knives may have carbon steel hilt parts and scabbard fittings. These also need to be maintained in the same manor. Other common sword fittings are made from, brass, bronze, stainless steel, plated steel, plated alloy or alloy. These materials require little or no maintenance.
It is crucial to store your blade correctly. If you have a plain leather scabbard it can cause rusting of the blade when sheathed for long periods of time. The leather can retain moisture and also the chemicals used in tanning the leather can rust your blade. Of course it is ok to use your leather scabbard, but if you store your blade in it for a long period of time (e.g. one month + undisturbed) it will lead to rusting. Keeping your blade oiled and wrapped in plastic, you can almost leave it indefinitely.
Wooden or other types of scabbard tend to be more forgiving to steel, and tend to not cause rusting like leather. Good practice is to keep all wooden scabbards out of direct sunlight to stop them warping. If you do start to see dusty orange rust (in its early stages), this can easily be remedied using a product called “Autosol” Code: AUTO75 which we sell on our website.