I've been working to clean the scabbard up for the last couple of sessions. The brown coating comes off quite easily, facilitating its super fast removal. Honestly, had it been a tougher finish, it probably wouldn't have rubbed off of the lower part of the scabbard so badly, and I wouldn't have needed to clean it up. But I digress..
I began with sandpaper wrapped around a stick to get the bulk of the goop off
It turns out that the black rust/patina under the brown coating has a tremendous grip on the scabbard. Perhaps it is because the scabbard had such a low polish when treated, giving the rust lots of little crevices to wedge into. Who knows. What I do know is that it takes a substantial amount of effort to dislodge it from the scabbard steel.
I eventually fell back to my favorite technique - the sandpaper roll. The patina on this section still needs a bit of.. persuasion
Thankfully, the shape of the scabbard surface is simple and robust, lending itself to a good scouring. My initial impression was that the scabbard cleaning would take minimal effort. I was laughably mistaken. Nonetheless, this part of the project is quite a bit easier than cleaning the blade.
This next section looks a little rough. Slapping that brown coating on the scabbard way back when seems to have arrested the destruction, here, but wow. This part looks like it was "hammered and forge blackened." This may take a minute..
That's it for now. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Been thinking to find a way to make the scabbard clean up a little easier for you. Why not wedge it between your stomach and, for instance, a wall or anything that will hold it up and will not be pushed away by your body pressure. The drag end rests on the plinth and the mouth end pushes against your stomach. That way you WILL be able to use two hands. Put some bin liners on the floor for the dust? I remember seeing this done by those p!ss poor 18th -19th century home workers on old engravings.
Uhlan - thank you for the tip. I’ll seek an appropriate anchor point try that out. My apologies for the delay. I’ve had personal “quarantine” issues for the last several weeks, but all is well now (No infection, just lengthy mandatory over-cautiousness). I’m looking forward to getting some work done!
I've managed a few brief sessions over the last couple of weeks to work on cleaning the scabbard up a bit. My time constraints have kept me from sharing the progress, though. Honestly, there's not a lot to see at this point; no lines in the steel to sharpen or fine details to bring out. Just slowly working on convincing diamond-hard pit monsters that homesteaded over a century ago to pull up stakes and leave the holler'. And to take all their kin folk with 'em.
Uhlan was correct about holding the scabbard to work it. Without a proper workbench (mine is currently spoken for by other projects), and a wife that views the entire endeavor with moderate disapproval - especially when it finds its way to the dining room table - my methodology has basically been to hold the scabbard with one hand and sand gently with the other. The sandpaper roll works pretty well under these circumstances for small areas, but the going is very slow. It seems that the low polish of the scabbard was infested with super-tenacious black patina that really got a good grip after being coated with the brown coating. Since the sandpaper roll is, like the scabbard, convex at its working surface, it takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to make progress; especially when using a number of different grits.
The scabbard near the mouth looked like this right the way 'round
Having yet to find a suitable place in the dining room to brace the scabbard without risking harm to the floor, walls, furniture, or my hide should my wife happen by, I began cutting sandpaper into strips, holding it against the scabbard under my thumb, and then pulling it free with my other hand. Slow going, but I could apply quite a bit of pressure. The sandpaper fouls quickly anyway, so it was not as slow as one might imagine.
One small development that unexpectedly rewarded me was the discovery of the seem of the scabbard. Not a lot to see, yet, but it was a nice smile generator.
If you look close, you can see the yellow seem
And that's all I have for the moment. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Thanks, Uhlan. The world coming unglued is what emboldened me to take on this project. Perhaps somewhat ironically, it is also what has delayed progress for significant stretches of time. Regardless, I am indeed committed to finishing.
For quite reasonable but face-palmingly incorrect reasons, I thought the scabbard was the home stretch of the project. In the doing, it is quite a different undertaking than the saber. I’m learning as I go, slowly getting faster. As I develop a bit of experience, things seem to go more smoothly with more success. I’ll get there. 🙂
Oh, see the harder than need be work on the scabbard as an opportunity to just maybe covince your seemingly, most formidable, but no doubt, lovely lady, to be a little more lenient, as the way you have to work now may have repercussions on your general stamina, which, in a way, may have severe repercussions on her and God forbid the childrens well being too. I have it from good sources that a slight emphasis, not too much mind you, just a remark as light as a feather, that her wellbeing may be in jeopardy to a certain degree, if ,again, certain situations do not change significantly, could have a good effect on your, currently non sustainable, work situation. Ofcourse this is all hearsay, so do not look at me when copper bottomed cast iron saucepan meets head.
Hahaha! My wife is beautiful, but I married her because she is formidable. Previously a prosecutor and criminal defense trial attorney, she doesn’t need a weapon to hit above her weight class! I have indeed studied Sun Tzu (translated, of course - I am an American). In his words, I am already on Death Ground. 😁
Katsu: Hey Merch! Just wanted you to see this
Sept 12, 2023 13:12:00 GMT
nerdthenord: Lol, well that’s on them
Sept 8, 2023 16:40:43 GMT
RufusScorpius: Not so good. Had a big argument with my housemates. They said the place was haunted, I said I've lived there 183 years and never saw a ghost.
Sept 8, 2023 16:04:53 GMT
nerdthenord: Also, how you doing Scorp? Doing ok myself.
Sept 8, 2023 13:37:45 GMT
nerdthenord: It's pretty cool that water can be neutral, an acid, or a base without changing any of it's physical properties, but instead the theoretical definition of acidity used.
Sept 8, 2023 13:31:43 GMT
nerdthenord: I do love that when you talk about acids and based with a chemist though you have to specify what theory and definition of acids you are using. It's very easy to teach and understand the PH Scale, but it's not nearly as simple in real life
Sept 8, 2023 13:30:49 GMT
nerdthenord: True, it can't be completely dismissed in extreme conditions. I personally doubt it would be "Normal" matter, with protons, neutrons, and electrons though. Might be exotic matter like quark matter. Big disclaimer, I am not a theoretical Chemist either.
Sept 8, 2023 13:29:03 GMT
RufusScorpius: I wonder if there's another planet where their swords are made from Unseptbium and the hobbyists there are arguing about the properties of it's various alloys?
Sept 8, 2023 13:16:11 GMT
RufusScorpius: the existence of elements beyond the 7th period can't be dismissed. Like the theory of proton decay, we don't have the technology to devise an experiment to confirm or deny it. Esoteric elements MAY exist around neutron stars, magnetars, and etc.
Sept 8, 2023 13:11:54 GMT
AndiTheBarvarian: Nuclear physicists are the nuclear constituents' accessories to deliberate about themselves!
Sept 8, 2023 6:49:26 GMT
nerdthenord: There’s a reason I’m not a nuclear physicist lol
Sept 8, 2023 6:09:56 GMT
treeslicer: No, it's because proton charge repulsion overwhelms the strong nuclear force due to the increasing nuclear diameter. The nucleus is too fat rather than too heavy.
Sept 8, 2023 5:35:09 GMT
nerdthenord: I don't believe in the hypothetical 8th period of the periodic table myself, at least in regards to normal matter. Oganesson, Element 118, probably filled the table. Beyond that, it's just too heavy to be stable.
Sept 7, 2023 23:17:35 GMT
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