Keeping your military sword in top condition doesnt need to take a lot of time. If you follow the steps below your sword will stay tarnish free and ready for use at any time.
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Military Sword Blades
Most military pattern swords have polished, bare steel blades. The high-carbon steel is hardened and tempered to fighting quality before being polished to a mirror finish. However, the blade is not stainless or chrome plated so it will rapidly tarnish and rust if not properly cared for.
Fingerprints are particularly damaging due to their acidity so if the blade must be touched, you should use the gloves provided or immediately buff off all finger marks with a soft dry cloth.
If the blade gets wet due to rain or other occurrence, it must be thoroughly dried with a soft cloth at the earliest opportunity and cleaned as described below.
Cleaning and Parade Preparation
The blade should be polished at regular intervals and before ceremonial use using a soft dry cloth. If more extensive cleaning or removal of marks or minor rust spotting is required, the Autosol metal cleaner can be used with the supplied lint-free cloths, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Care should be taken to ensure all polishing residue is removed after cleaning, and the blade buffed dry before placing it in its scabbard.
To protect the blade from moisture in the air prior to storage or display, a thin coating of the Renaissance wax polish should be applied to all areas of the blade. This coating should be renewed a couple of times a year, or more frequently if the sword is handled regularly or subject to outdoor ceremonial use.
Do not apply oil, grease or any solvent to blades, especially those that have gold filled etching, as these substances will remove the gold and spoil the leather of the scabbard.
Sword Hilts and Scabbards
All metal parts of military sword hilts and scabbards are heavily plated. They will therefore retain their bright finish if handled with care and only occasionally. Grease marks from fingerprints can be removed with a soft cloth or chamois leather. More persistent marks can be removed with a gold jewellery cloth but on no account should abrasive compounds such as Brasso be used.
Scabbard leathers only require the occasional wipe with a cloth moistened with clear household silicone spray polish. Grease marks that appear through handling can be easily removed by rubbing the area gently with a soft cloth lightly moistened with a solvent such as lighter fluid. Care should be taken not to rub too hard or wet the surface with solvent as this will damage the finish of the leather. Avoid leaving leather scabbards in direct sunlight for long periods of time and protect from tobacco and other fumes. Leather and wood absorb moisture from the atmosphere, so ensure they are stored in a dry place.
Cake cutting and Champagne
Your sword is a memorable way to cut cakes at important occasions such as weddings and birthdays but all traces of wax or other preservatives must be buffed from the blade prior to use. Extreme care must be taken not to get foodstuffs on the knot or grip as they can cause permanent staining. After use, the blade should be cleaned, dried, polished and re-preserved as soon as possible, and before it is returned to its scabbard.
Using a ceremonial sword to open champagne bottles is strongly discouraged as it results in sharp, broken glass edges and it is likely to dint the edge of your blade.
Damage and Restoration
Please contact us if your sword becomes damaged or requires restoration work. We will either be able to help directly or can forward you to other specialists who can help return your sword to pristine condition.