We recommend the following general maintenance guidelines to ensure the optimum life of your sword, saber or accessories:
General - Metal Components
Acids from fingerprints can react with metals and discolour metal components over time.
Salts and other air contaminants (e.g., formaldehydes from carpets, etc.) can collect on metal surfaces over time and can also cause discoloration.
Water or humidity can affect all parts of the swords and accessories. They should be kept away from wet or humid conditions. In case the swords or accessories get wet, please dry them properly by using a soft, dry cloth.
Periodically, wipe your sword or accessories with a soft, dry cloth. We recommend monthly for harsh environments (e.g., high humidity, proximity to sea air, cities with heavy smog, etc.) and every few months for less harsh environments. Do not use any chemical based or other cleaners for belts or sword knots.
Remove fingerprints and other oil marks with a soft, dry cloth.
Gold is a very soft metal. Rubbing or polishing gold-plated materials will take off the gold–plating.
Do not use abrasive metal polishes or metal wool on any gold-coloured part. All gold-coloured parts on WKC swords and accessories are gold-plated.
Use a soft dry cloth and common glass cleaner to remove any discolorations. Use the abrasive "jeweller" cloths only sparingly to remove any discolorations to avoid rubbing off the gold plating.
Stainless Steel and Nickelplated Carbon Steel Blades
Discolorations or minor scratches can be removed with a "jeweller" cloth or a mild metal polish like a silver polish.
Remove all polish residue with a final wipe of a soft, dry cloth.
Never use heavy abrasive polishes, scouring pads, or metal wool as they will destroy the polished finish of the blade.
Avoid contact with acidic or alkaline substances as either may chemically react with metals in the stainless steel.
High Carbon Steel Blades
High Carbon steel that is not protected by a nickel layer, grease or oil, will eventually rust. You need to maintain the blade like a rifle, with gun-oil or grease.
Remove fingerprints instantly.
Do not store blade in a steel scabbard for a long time, especially in humid environment.
Store in dry area and apply oil or grease regularly, remove old grease.
Leather scabbards should only require an occasional wipe with a cloth moistened with a clear household silicon spray polish.
Scuff marks in the leather can usually be repaired or hidden with ordinary shoe polish. Pay attention of that the colour of the polish is the same than the leather.
Maintain nickel-plated scabbards as a general metal component.
Maintain the stainless-steel scabbards as described for blades above.
Periodically, wipe your accessories with a soft, dry cloth. We recommend monthly for harsh environments (e.g., high humidity, proximity to sea air, cities with heavy smog, etc.) and every few months for less harsh environments. Do not use any chemical based or other cleaners for belts or sword knots
On-Going Care and Maintenance
After each use, completely wipe the sword with a clean, dry cloth to remove fingerprints, perspiration, and any residue.
All ferrous materials, including "stainless" steel will rust in varying degrees if not maintained and with prolonged exposure to the elements. Whether displaying or storing your sword, periodically clean and wipe your sword and metal scabbards with a lightly oiled cloth to protect your sword.
Please do not store the swords or accessories in the vacuum plastic bag in wet, humid or hot surroundings.
We recommend storing the sword unsheathed from the scabbard if storing for prolonged periods of time.
If shipping or transporting your sword by air, securely wrap the sword in plastic to minimize condensation on the cool sword surfaces after the sword returns from the cooler high altitudes.
Ceremonial Use and Safety
WKC swords and sabers are intended for ceremonial use only.
Blade tips are relatively sharp; exercise care during use.
The blades are not designed for impact and "fighting." While forged, tempered, and designed for flexibility and durability, ceremonial blades lack the toughness to withstand the heavy impact of "blade-to-blade" contact.
Do not use ceremonial swords for re-enactment fighting.
Horseplay may result in damage to the sword or, worse yet, personal injury.
Sword and saber manual of arms is a developed and practiced skill. Do not be flamboyant when handling a drawn sword.
Children tend to have a natural fascination with swords and often mistake a ceremonial sword for a weapon. Supervise children closely and know that the misuse of a sword is dangerous.