With a bit of care and feeding, your Angel Sword weapon will last a lifetime and continue to perform as a functional work of art for generations to come. As with any fine tool or work of art, please take a few minutes to read the directions on how to properly care for your weapon. Unlike most modern blades, a blade from Angel Sword is made of a very high carbon steel. This produces an exceptional edge but means that the blade can rust. Never put a wet or dirty blade back into its sheath, instead, wipe the blade off after each use with a clean cloth. Take care to wipe all fingerprints, water and dirt from the entire weapon. It is best to keep the blade dry and lightly oiled.
Always keep the blade lightly wiped down with oil. We recommend any quality machine oil for this purpose and use 10W40 motor oil (organic or synthetic) available at any automotive store or your local Wal-Mart. Japanese sword oil, available through us or any martial arts supply store, is a bit more expensive but works extremely well. For a blade that comes in contact with food or drink, DO NOT use motor oil or Japanese sword oil. Instead, use refined clove oil or extra virgin olive oil.
Note: Do not polish a blued blade.
Polishing a blade is much like polishing silver to remove the tarnish. We recommend any fine metal polish that is available at your local hardware store and have had good experiences ourselves with MAAS, Flitz and Simichrome. To polish, squeeze a small amount of polish on the blade and rub in with fingers or a cloth. The polish will turn dark as it absorbs dirt, oils and tarnish from the blade. Wipe all the polish off until the blade appearance goes from cloudy to a mirror finish. Buff the blade with a soft cloth (flannel or a diaper).
The high carbon steels that we use hold and edge for an extended period of time and use. Most of the time a leather strop is sufficient to restore the edge, however, when resharpening is needed please contact us for details. We provide resharpening services for our blades at all three renaissance festivals we attend as well as through our forge and rarely charge more than a beer, two in a rush job, for the job. If you are going to sharpen the blade yourself, use quality stones. We recommend either a Japanese water stone or an Arkansas sharpening stone. Check with a local martial arts supply store or a local knife shop for availability.
Wooden Hilts and Scabbards
Care for your wooden hilt as you do any piece of fine wooden furniture. The wood dries out with use and must be oiled using a fine furniture oil such as Old English. Do not use a furniture wax or any oil containing wax or sealant as these will make the weapon slippery — a very risky venture! Shake some oil onto a soft cloth and lightly wipe down the wood with the cloth. Let the oil soak into the wood and then wipe off excess oil with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel.
Wire Wrapped Hilts and Decorative Metal Work
Care for your wire wrapped hilts and decorative metal work as you do for your blade, making sure to remove all of the polish from between the individual strands of wire or in detailed grooves. A soft toothbrush makes a useful tool for this purpose.
Long Term Storage
If a blade is stored for more than a few weeks, do not store it in the sheath. Wipe the blade down heavily with blade oil, wipe the wood down with furniture oil and store in a cool, clean and dry location.
FUNCTIONAL GUARANTEE: Angel Sword blades are guaranteed against breakage due to any reasonable misuse. Guarantee does not apply to wood products (bo, boken, escrima sticks, etc.).
VALUE/TRADE-IN POLICY: Angel Sword guarantees the value of all pieces, if properly cared for. Please contact Angel Sword for an evaluation and current market value. Any sword or knife may be traded for a more valuable (20% or greater) piece at the original purchase price, or increased market value (less a polishing fee, if necessary).
REFUND POLICY: Refunds will be via in-store credit only. No cash refunds. This in-store credit may be used at any time on another purchase from Angel Sword.
DEPOSIT POLICY: The 20% deposit on lay-away or custom orders is non-refundable.