Sword Care

High-carbon steel

Crown Swords blades are made from hardened, tempered, highly polished high-carbon steel. High-carbon steel offers a superior finish to acid etched engraving and is therefore preferred to stainless steel or chrome. High -carbon steel will rapidly tarnish and rust if not cared for correctly. If the following advice is adhered to however, your sword will last a life time, eventually becoming part of your legacy.

Handling

Due to the acidity fingerprints can be particularly damaging to the blade of your sword. If your sword blade is handled without gloves the fingerprints should be removed immediately by buffing with a soft dry cloth.

The hilt of your sword is made from genuine shark / ray skin. The process of preserving, colouring and stretching the skin is painstakingly undertaken by hand. Gloves should be worn at all times to preserve the skin, in particular hilts that have been coloured white. The sweat from and dirt from your hands can be absorbed, permanently tarnishing the hilt of your sword.

If your sword is in contact with any type of moisture, dry your sword immediately, particularly the blade with a soft cloth. Once dried, leave separated from the scabbard for over an hour at room temperature, ensuring any all traces of moisture are naturally evaporated. Also ensure the inside of the scabbard is dry before re-wiping the blade with a dry soft cloth and applying vaseline prior to re-homing your sword.

Cleaning

Your sword will only need five minutes attention each week. The blade will require a wipe clean, a blade inspection, a polish with a soft cloth and a re-vaseline. The scabbard can be treated with black waterproof scabbard protector prior to use and storage.

Parade Cleaning

Your sword requires no cleaning products except a dry soft lint free cleaning cloth. The gold gilt / chrome plate must never be polished with anything except a dry soft lint free cleaning cloth (brasso will damage your sword). The buffalo leather scabbard can be polished by buffing with a soft cloth and a small amount of black shoe polish.

Storage

Moisture in the air can damage your sword over a prolonged period of time. The blade must be confirmed dry before a thin smear of vaseline is applied. Do not store in an environment with excessive moisture and check and clean once a week.

Cake Cutting

You may use your sword to cut a cake, however the blade must be cleaned immediately afterwards and prior to re-homing in the scabbard. Moisture within food preservatives can be very corrosive.

Champagne

You are strongly discouraged to open a bottle of champagne with your sword. This will no doubt damage the steel and engraving.

Damage & Restoration

Sometimes inevitably, no matter how much we look after our sword, damage occurs. If your sword is damaged please contact us immediately so we can advise you on how to restore your sword to pristine condition.

Sword Care Products

Crown Swords supplies a number of sword care products to help maintain the condition of your sword.
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