Question about sword covers.

I just purchased a sword, and with it came a care guide, in the guide it states I need to keep the cloth cover on at all times. Even if I'm just using the sword as display. My question is, is this true? It seems strange to me that I can't have my new sword on display outside the cover.

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by: Paul

I am not sure what the guide is referring to by a cloth cover, but if your sword is carbon steel it will rust if left exposed to the air so I am guessing they mean to leave it in the sheathe/scabbard/saya and keep it oiled..

There is info on sword care on our site - but here is a quick tip, if you wish to display the sword use a product called "Renaisssance Wax" - just oiling the sword if on display may see dust soak up the oil and cause rust spots, and of course the oil will eventually dry out or pool if displaying tip downwards. Renaissance Wax evently coats the blade and is used by the British Museum to keep old swords on display without allowing them to rust.

Hope this helps.

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