Sword Maintenance Guide

Congratulations on purchasing your new Enlightenment Sword !

Your sword has been hand made from high quality tempered carbon steel and is therefore prone to rust and corrosion. Rust can be caused by moisture (even from breath) and oil and sweat from our skin.

Be sure to wipe the blade with a clean, dry cloth before replacing it in the scabbard, especially after use. Oil your blade by using either a sword oil (recommended) or a clear leather wax. With a soft cloth, apply the oil or wax sparingly and rub along the grain of the steel, applying steady pressure until the oil becomes warm and dissipates from the friction. This process ‘nourishes’ the blade, causing a chemical reaction with the metal. This will improve the steel’s natural resistance to rust and increase the overall beauty of the steel by slowly changing the colour of the blade to blue or green. Avoid using oil or wax for guns and shoes.

If the blade should become stained or rusty, clean your sword using a metal polisher (such as Autosol). Simply dab the metal polisher sparingly onto the affected area and using a clean cloth, carefully rub the polishing agent in circles, covering the affected area and then rub along the grain, applying steady pressure. After this, buff the blade with a clean cloth.

In some cases, metal polish may not completely remove the rust or stain and sandpaper must be used to re-polish the blade. Depending on the level of corrosion, you can usually start with 200-240 grit sandpaper (working along the grain) and work upward (400, 600, 800, 1200, 1500, 2000 grit etc) and then finish with metal polish; this task does require skill and you may damage your sword. Enlightenment Swords does offer a polishing and restoration service done by hand. 

Enlightement Swords also has sword kits available, with the tools to repair scratches and oil for sword blades.

 

Sharpening

Should you want to sharpen your sword, please note that all our swords have been sharpened in the traditional Chinese manner, were the blade has three different levels of sharpness. The tip should be the sharpest, if not razor sharp; the middle section should be sharp and the lower section should have an edge without any sharpness. This was done for practical reasons, as the tip was often the most crucial part of a weapon in a fight and the lower section would be used for defensive measures. The special Chinese method of sharpening blades using different angles meant that to look at, one could not distinguish the differently sharpened sections on the blade.

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