Sword Care 101: Keep Those Swords Looking Spiffy!

So you did it. You took the plunge, and now you’re the proud owner of that one sword you’ve been staring at for weeks. Maybe you even bookmarked the Heavenly Swords page, so you could take a look while you’re at work, and picture the gleaming beauty prominently displayed on your mantle.

Or maybe your collection is already getting sizable. You started with a Samurai sword set, of course, but have now moved more into hand forged, battle ready pieces. Perhaps you’re into Medieval weapons and armor… Whatever your taste, learning how to properly care for your swords is paramount for anyone who owns one of these majestic weapons.

In this post I’m going to talk about the various ways in which to care for your sword. There are sharpeners, different oils you can use, and even cleaning kits, all so you can keep your sword in tip-top condition for decades to come.

Many swords become family heirlooms, and are passed down from father to son for generations. Keep your swords in pristine condition, so that in the future, your kids can display them as proudly as you do today. Here’s a rundown of the basics:

AccuSharp Knife Sharpener


This is a basic, easy to use sharpener. There’s no need for oils or stones. It is made of tungsten carbide and will never rust, even if you run it through the dishwasher. This USA made piece of equipment can not only be used on daggers, but on house knives, axes, hoes and even serrated edges.
Arkansas Sharpener Superstick


This sharpeners is also very easy to use, and will make any sharp edge super-mega sharp. It requires little care, just wipe it down when you’re done. It is ceramic, and can be used on anything from small pocket knives to big butcher knives.

Combo Stone Sharpener


This one includes aluminum oxide stone on one side, and Arkansas stone on the other. What I like about this one is that it comes with a sharpening guide, for those of us new to sword care. The stone is nestled in a cedar box for safe storage. Also made in the USA.

Deluxe Sword Cleaning Kit


This attractive kit comes with everything you need to keep your katanas looking awesome. It can be used for all your weapons, from Medieval daggers, to Samurai swords, to Machetes… if it has a metal blade, it can be made gorgeous by this kit. It includes a brass awl and hammer to easily dismantle your sword (for your katanas), a bottle of Choji Oil to prevent rusting (for all your blades), rice paper for oil application, a container for your oiled papers, along with some other stuff. It comes in a nice wooden box for safe storage.

These are just a few from our extensive selection of products to help you take good care of your swords. We have sharpeners and oils to maintain the swords of even the most discerning blade owners. Let Heavenly Swords help you keep these prized possessions looking like new forever.

 

 

 

 

 

Sword Cleaning Kit

Deluxe Sword Cleaning Kit

Swords, knives and other bladed weapons are often susceptible to rust. To keep your sword looking as good as possible you will want to use a cleaning kit.

Basic Kits Usually Includes:

  • Brass Awl and Hammer to easily dismantle your sword
  • Bottle of Choji Oil to prevent rusting
  • Rice Paper to apply the Oil
  • Plastic Container to store the oiled cloths
  • Extra Large Uchiko which contains non-abrasive powder to absorb any excess cleaning oil

Cleaning your sword

Before you begin cleaning your sword remember that the blade is sharp! Make sure you are never in a position the could lead to injury.

Cleaning the Scabbard

A scabbard is a sheath for holding a sword or other large blade. Scabbards have been made of many materials over the millennia, including leather, wood, and metals such as brass or steel. Usually the scabbard just needs to be wiped off occasionally. Be careful not to dull the finish. Use a clean cloth, hold the wrapped section, and gently wipe the Scabbard.

Cleaning the Blade

First wipe off the previous maintenance using rice paper or a very soft cloth if you don’t have any. Next you will want to take your powder ball and tap it along the blade every 2-3 inches. After completing this you will want to use a clean piece of rice paper to rub the powder on the blade to polish it. Before you touch the blade with your hands or return it to it’s sheath, place a few drops of oil on each side of the blade and wipe with a clean piece of rice paper.

Happy Sword Cleaning!

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