As a kid who grew up in a locality where martial art is very common, I started showing interest in it. When I took up proper training, I realized that it is not something that is only related to self defense. It is something more than that.
The swords that were used caught my interest. After a bit of research I got a lot of information that amazed me. So I thought why not share it with the rest of the world. That is when I started Sharp Blades.
Deadliest Swords of all time
- Wooden hilts and scabbards should be treated with oil and lemon to help prevent drying up and cracking.
- Place your sword apart of the leather sheath. Because the leather sheaths have the capacity to trap moisture. Wooden scabbards work better, but still not longer than a month.
- Treat leather covered elements of your sword with a good leather paste wax or mink oil.
- Avoid any contact of leather parts with any kind of oil because it can cause the leather to rot.
- Don’t touch the blade with your fingers in order not to live acidic skin oil on it, which in the long run will cause stains or even rust.
- It is important to not over oil the sword but only to create a thin coating. A few drops of good oil will do just great. Spread it with a lint cloth of a specialized paper (Japanese Abura-nuguishi).
- You need to avoid all-purpose oils because usually they contain diluents that accelerate the evaporation of oil. And also, vegetable oils, as they attract dust.
- For Japanese swords, and antique swords it is not recommended the usage of waxes, Cosmoline, Vaseline, silicone-based gel, petroleum gels, etc. All of them contain substances that attack the steel blade and trap moisture.