Stainless Steel Sewing

August 19, 2008 by  
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Sword Care 101

You’ve just purchased your first functional sword, and you can’t wait to try it out. You engage in swordplay or utilize your sword as a cutting tool with no knowledge whatsoever of sword care. A few months pass, and you suddenly realize that rust has begun to form on the blade.

This is far too common a scenario. If you've never owned a sword before, it may surprise you to discover that they do, in fact, need to be cared for. Choosing not to follow certain procedures will not entirely destroy your sword, but over time, rust will begin to tarnish the blade.

Before we get into the do‘s and don‘ts, it should be said that if you own a stainless steel blade, you won‘t have to worry about rust. Stainless steel swords are a great choice for wall hangers and training blades because they’re low maintenance, and aside from giving the blades an occasional rinse with basic cleaner to keep them free of finger prints and other blemishes, you won‘t have much to worry about. However, it should be noted that stainless steel is a soft metal that is simply not an option for those who wish to engage in swordplay of any kind or to use their sword as a cutting tool. Attempting to cut anything with a stainless steel sword can result in the blade snapping or shattering, which can carry with it deadly consequences.

Assuming you’ve bought yourself a nice carbon steel blade for live swordplay, competition cutting, or anything along those lines, you should know that, unlike stainless steel, carbon steel will rust over time unless you take proper precautions. More specifically, you need to coat the blade with a thin layer of oil. Hanwei manufactures their own sword oil, which can be purchased directly from, but 3 in 1 or sewing machine oil should also work. While some swear by WD-40, others claim it is ineffective, so I cannot, in good faith, recommend it.

How often you apply the oil depends almost entirely on the season and the overall climate. During the summer, or if you live in a particularly humid area, once a week applications may be necessary to protect your blade, while if you live in a temperate area with mild weather and low humidity, you may be able to get by with only once a month applications. If ever in doubt, it may help to visit one of the many sword forums online, as there may be an experienced sword owner in your area who can make a good recommendation.

For long term storage, you should wipe down the blade with a product such as Vaseline or Renaissance Wax, and then wrap the blade in an oil soaked cloth. Following these rules of thumb and storing your sword in a dry place should protect the blade from any oxygen that could seep in and permanently damage it.

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