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    Sword Maintenance

    I tried searching but my search fu is weak today. I am pretty sure it's been discussed here before but I can't find it.

    Anyway, I took out my broad sword last week for the first time in 5 or 6 months and noticed it is starting to get a couple of rust spots on the one side. What is the recommended method in removing this? Can I use steel wool and some oil? If so, what kind of oil should I use?

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    Products here are awesome for that purpose: http://www.flitz.com/

    Specific to your need, this product: http://www.flitz.com/p-48-gunknife-care-kit.aspx

    Also, steel wool can scratch the crap out of a blades finish.
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    If it is simply "regular metal/steel", CLR is good to remove rust then put a nice coating of oil on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro_ronin View Post
    If it is simply "regular metal/steel", CLR is good to remove rust then put a nice coating of oil on it.
    If I know my broadswords...I am gonna say it is like a 440 with a brush finish or cold rolled with chrome plate.

    Stainless cutlery grade steel is not all that common but it's out there.
    Those would be the pricy blades that are made of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Jamieson View Post
    If I know my broadswords...I am gonna say it is like a 440 with a brush finish or cold rolled with chrome plate.

    Stainless cutlery grade steel is not all that common but it's out there.
    Those would be the pricy blades that are made of that.
    Stainless blades are great for display and demos but not for actual sword work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro_ronin View Post
    Stainless blades are great for display and demos but not for actual sword work.
    True, it can be brittle.

    having said that, no one really uses swords these days, but if they did, probably damascus steel or tool steel (T10) would be the best bet for something that you want to have functioning as a real sword.

    I have no doubt, something made of these metals would cost...well, a lot of money.
    Also depends on method of manufacture etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Jamieson View Post
    True, it can be brittle.

    having said that, no one really uses swords these days, but if they did, probably damascus steel or tool steel (T10) would be the best bet for something that you want to have functioning as a real sword.

    I have no doubt, something made of these metals would cost...well, a lot of money.
    Also depends on method of manufacture etc.
    I think that a sword enthusiast MUST have at least ONE "real" sword.
    I have a bunch of demo swords:
    4 or 5 katanas.
    Two from highlander, LOL
    I have the sword from Heroes and the swords from Kill: Bill
    I have two rapiers ( one has a very good blade on it)
    3 long swords
    etc, etc...
    BUT I also have one forged Katana and one folded one.
    CMA-wise I have two straight swords, one of them is the Adam Hsu straight sword.
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    Oh yeah?!, well I got a replica of the Blade sword from the movie Blade!!

    True comment though. I have a Scottish basket sword real all day long. I have a claymore, also real as the stuff is slides through, a $1k Scottish deerhorn handled dirk that is practically a freaking sword (that's actually my nicest piece) plus like you, a crap load of other stuff, broadswords, katana, wakashizi, tanto, straight swords (jian), butterfly knifes (one fairly nice little set I got from MAM) and of course, the Kwan Do. Also from TigerClaw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Jamieson View Post
    Oh yeah?!, well I got a replica of the Blade sword from the movie Blade!!

    True comment though. I have a Scottish basket sword real all day long. I have a claymore, also real as the stuff is slides through, a $1k Scottish deerhorn handled dirk that is practically a freaking sword (that's actually my nicest piece) plus like you, a crap load of other stuff, broadswords, katana, wakashizi, tanto, straight swords (jian), butterfly knifes (one fairly nice little set I got from MAM) and of course, the Kwan Do. Also from TigerClaw.
    I have the Blade one too, my wife got it for me years ago, LOL !
    The only swords I don't have is a scimitar/curved Persian/Arabian sword and a sabre-type one.
    I stopped adding to my collection when our second child was born and I realized that with 3 girls in the house all my money was going to clothes and shoes !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro_ronin View Post
    I have the Blade one too, my wife got it for me years ago, LOL !
    The only swords I don't have is a scimitar/curved Persian/Arabian sword and a sabre-type one.
    I stopped adding to my collection when our second child was born and I realized that with 3 girls in the house all my money was going to clothes and shoes !!
    ...when they get older, handbags, accesories, mani/pedi trips and so on and so forth.


    you are going to be so broke... You'll have to sell your swords. *evil laugh
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro_ronin View Post
    I have the Blade one too, my wife got it for me years ago, LOL !
    The only swords I don't have is a scimitar/curved Persian/Arabian sword and a sabre-type one.
    I stopped adding to my collection when our second child was born and I realized that with 3 girls in the house all my money was going to clothes and shoes !!
    I'm finding it amazing that a person that has such a sword collection found a woman that was willing to mate with him!

    At which Comicon or Ren Fair did you meet her?

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    I just spit on mine and run them across my face stubble. I'm so manly that that is all I need to do to keep the rust off my blades.
    For whoso comes amongst many shall one day find that no one man is by so far the mightiest of all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Jamieson View Post
    ...when they get older, handbags, accesories, mani/pedi trips and so on and so forth.


    you are going to be so broke... You'll have to sell your swords. *evil laugh
    because I know you are right !
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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyB View Post
    I'm finding it amazing that a person that has such a sword collection found a woman that was willing to mate with him!

    At which Comicon or Ren Fair did you meet her?
    Actually, we meet when I was bouncing.
    That said, we have gone to a few of those Fairs and I got lucky because she loves swords and I have gotten her a few of her own.
    My girls love my collection too and have said they want their own when they get older.
    Right now they want to learn archery though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas View Post
    I just spit on mine and run them across my ass stubble. I'm so manly that that is all I need to do to keep the rust off my blades.
    Dude, TMI !
    Psalms 144:1
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