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Worksharp Ken Onion edition for Katana? 
I have to admit with my swords convex edge I struggle sharpening my katanas unless I remove the handle and do the entire blade and repolish it which sucks …

Katana straightening and sharpening 
I have had my katana for almost 7 years now, I starting practicing when I was about 13 years old in a dojo I belonged to. Unfortunately time passed and …

Specific sword repair and cleaning 
Hi all, first post here. ive a few swords from a friend that im trying to fix up, first one being a two handed sword. it has several notches, stains on …

Can you replace a tsuka from a specific brand with one from another? 
Hello, I posted a question earlier asking about replacing a tsuba from Cheness for instance with one from Ronin Katana, I must apologise for my mistake, …

Sharpning a Damascus blade 
I need to know something about sharpening a Damascus Blade with Sword Sharp Machine.

Damascus Steel maintenance 
I have a damascus steel katana, and have come across so many sites saying slightly varying techniques as to their maintenance (including not to lean them …

Windlass Classic Medieval sword rust 
I've got a Windlass Classic Medieval sword that just rusts like heck. I don't store in it's scabbard, keep a film of light oil on the blade etc. But despite …

Worksharp Ken Onion Edition 
I've been training and collecting Japanese swords and karambits for a few years. Now that I'm getting more comfortable cutting I'm needing to up my game …

Not sure how to care for a sword 
My dad left my brother a sword. He is not sure what kind it is or how to find out how to care for it. Is there someplace in Michigan that could help us …

My dojo pro model #26 has scratches 
Hi Paul Justin Cofield here, big fan. My dojo pro got scratched while cutting a dirty of a car mat. The blade itself, is indestructible just like you said, …

how do you fix a hilt that feels somewhat loose? 
QUESTION: I recently bought a 'G-813 HIGH CARBON SPRING STEEL SCIMITAR SWORD' from global gear on ebay. The sword appears at the following web address. …

Dirty gunky debris laden saya needs cleaning, but how? 
QUESTION: I recently purchased some katanas online and they arrived free of rust thanks to the shippers greasy coating (which also contained traces of …

In your personal opinion, best maintenace & repair tools? 
QUESTION: We have not written in a litle while due to all the broken computers we have had to fix.......i could not leave the house for 11 days in a …

rust 
QUESTION: I have a sword that someone must of been touching (I usally clean it every time its touched) that has rust spot type of things on it is there …

How to disassemble stubborn katana. 
QUESTION: I've taken apart katanas before but for some reason I am having problems with one specific sword. It is a "handmade sephiroth masamune." …

Hybrid Polish for Katana... 
QUESTION: This site got me wondering many different things. Is this form of polishing (time, process) the way to go if I wanted my sword absolutely …

Fixing a Loose Saya 
QUESTION: Over periods of sheathing and un-sheathing katanas, the saya sometimes become very loose. Like if you were to tip the sword over to where the …

having some one sharpen my musashi 
QUESTION: I have been doing a little cutting with my musashi and it has gotten a little dull and the tip ever so slightly blunted. Where is a good place …

Long Term Storage in leather wrapped wooden scabbard 
QUESTION: I've seen on several sites the warning about not storing in a leather scabbard but that storing in wood is ok, so, stupid question for today; …

Finding a sword repair shop. 
QUESTION: I was recently given a limited edition katana by a friend of my family. It turns out that they had been using it for numerous purposes that …

Renaissance Wax 
QUESTION: Is Renaissance Wax a good method to oil your katana? Give it the same colour and shine as swords oil what is possitive and negative. ANSWER: …

Lansky Sharpener versus the Accusharp 
Hi. I was thinking of buying an 1803 pattern Light Infantry Sabre from Military Heritage (btw, what's your opinion on swords from those guys?) for some …

rust on the sword 
QUESTION: Is there any practical impact on the sword if it got rust on the blade or tang? thanks. ANSWER: On the tang, not really. Generally speaking, …

Is oiling the sword blade a must in the case of it not being used much? 
QUESTION: Stupid question, I know. I have been a more or less casual sword collector with only stainless steel wallhangers and such. Several months ago …

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How to apply renaissance wax 
QUESTION: I was wondering if renaissance wax is applied in much the same manner as oils? Just wipe the blade of old oil, then choji it, then wipe off …

Weird mark on swords 2 days after oiling 
QUESTION: I recently purchased my first functional katanas from musashiswords and immediately cleaned and oiled them. Two days after, I unsheathed them …

Poor man's cleaning kit 
QUESTION: I've heard that you can use mineral oil to protect carbon steel blades, but am unsure as the labels on these (found at pharmacies) suggest …

Sword Rusted Closed 
QUESTION: I have a Civil War sword that has rusted shut. Any advice on how to proceed? Is there a method of wrenching it open that minimizes damage, …

Rust if left out of saya? 
QUESTION: I understand that blades will rust, which is why you have to oil them before sheathing them. Does leaving them in the sheathe speed up the …

How can I fix this scratch problem?? 
QUESTION: Is there a way I can fix this scratch problem??Like what do I have to do to take these out to make it look brand new or just better?? ANSWER: …

Ito Cleaning 
QUESTION: I've had my Musashi Zetsurin Katana for some time now, and the wrap has gathered some dirt. Is there a simple way to clean it, or do I need …

Re-tying the Tsuka Cord 
QUESTION: Hey Paul.I've recently bought a "Sea Dragon Katana BR" from Topicool. After doing some tests, sword fanatic ~.~, the cap at the end of the …

Know any Sword Repair professionals? 
QUESTION: I purchased my first sword a few months ago from Musashi Swords (Functional Katana with Damascus Pattern #17). I’m a very careful person when …

antiquing swords  
QUESTION: Hi paul i was wondering if I could get your recipe for antiquing my swords and how its applied. Do i soak the whole thing or just brush it …

Cleaning a blue Steel and Brass Scabbard 
QUESTION: I have an M1850 Staff and Field officers Sword. Could I use a Silicon Gun Cloth to clean the blue steel and brass scabbard? Thank you very …

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