Seeing your favorite sword rust away can be very devastating. Especially, if your sword had cost you a fortune. Luckily for you, there are various ways in which you can avoid such incidences. And, in case your sword already has rusted, there are different ways to get rid of it.
Tip #1: Always oil the blade of your sword after cleaning them.
The oil helps to shield the blade from rust. It’s important that you ensure the oil used doesn’t react with your blade. Some good choices of oil include gun oil and Vaseline.
Tip #2: Ensure that you swords aren’t stored in the sheath for too long.
This is because prolonged storage in this sheaths may cause the moisture trapped inside your leather sheaths to oxidize your sword rapidly causing it to rust. This can be corrected by always ensuring that you oil the insides of your leather sheaths thoroughly. You can do this by oiling your blade first then running it in then out of your sheath for a few times.
Tip #3: Try to avoid touching the blade.
Sometimes that’s easier said than done. But you need to remember that your body produces oils which contain acids that may react with the metal. This’ll accelerate rusting, particularly, in mild and high-carbon steel blades. Therefore, it’s important that you wipe-off the blade with some oil after you’ve been touching it.
If the blade of your sword already has rust, chemical treatment is the best way to get rid of the rust. But first you need to remove any previously applied polish, oil and waxes. This can be done by use of alcohol. Here you just need to purchase a mild chemical treatment or rust remover from the hardware store. Also, you can use some of the mild acids such as lemon juice or vinegar. You can even decide to dip your blade in a mildly basic solution. This helps get rid of rust through an electrolysis.
The key to preserving the shine in our sword blades is maintaining them properly so that they don’t rust. However, if the rusting has already occurred, you need not worry. Removing it is a no-brainier and may not even cost you anything.