Japanese samurai sword care tips
The main purpose of maintaining the japanese samurai sword is to avoid oxidation or rusting of the blade. The original maintenance oil on the blade must be thoroughly cleaned before applying a new layer of maintenance oil.
There are multiple layers of lacquer on the saya. You can often wipe it with a soft cloth to maintain the brightness of the saya. When holding the saya, you should hold the cloth covered with it. Do not touch the lacquered part directly to avoid scratches.
Note that the blade should face outwards to avoid injury. First use rice paper to wipe clean the original maintenance oil on the blade, then fold the rice paper into two halves to cover the back of the blade, and wipe gently from the heel of the blade to the tip of the blade to be safe. If the maintenance oil is difficult to wipe clean, wipe it with cotton moistened with alcohol or scouring oil. After the blade is cleaned, use a uchikp (powder ball) to pat the blade gently. After the entire blade is patted gently, wipe the powder with a piece of clean rice paper to sharpen the blade. Repeat this action until the oil is maintained. And the powder is completely wiped clean, be careful not to inhale the powder. Put a few drops of maintenance oil along the blade, and then use a piece of clean rice paper or cotton cloth to spread the maintenance oil evenly on the entire blade. As long as a thin layer of maintenance oil is applied, excessive maintenance oil will stain If the scabbard is damaged, after the maintenance is completed, do not touch the blade, and directly retract the scabbard.
When storing, be sure to lay the knife horizontally with the blade up, so as to prevent excess maintenance oil from flowing down and accumulating in the sheath