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Such a delicate thing as a samurai sword requires adequate care. True samurais never compromised its maintenance. Japanese people used to say that the sword was combatant’s soul. To reach maximal possible sharpness the blades are made from carbon steel which means they can rust. If you want your precise weapon to remain in top condition you need to oil the blade properly.
The samurai sword needs a treatment described below. It should be done every time after training and at least once in every three months even when your katana serves just as a decoration. If kept in a salty atmosphere it is recommended to do the procedure every month. Let us offer you the samurai sword maintenance kits made by several producers to choose from.
The most of the care is obviously needed by the blade. There are also stainless steel copies available on the market suitable only for display. Their blades do not need this care. If you possess real carbon blade you should be making following steps:
Your katana is stored in its sheath (saya). Saya is usually well protected by lacquer so its only enemy is a dust. Use soft dry cloth and remove the dust time after time. Always be careful when drawing this sharp sword from (or into) its light fragile sheath. The most reliable way is to hold the weapon in front of you with the saya in your left hand and the sword’s handle in the right hand. The left hand stands still and only right hand is pulling the blade outside or inside. To prevent scratching of the sheath it is recommended to grab it by its belt.
For preserving finest condition of your katana it is also necessary to keep some other things in your mind:
The samurai swords really worth the maintenance and you will recognize the difference. The more you will look after it the more you will get back. We wish you many pleasure experiences!
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