Two years ago, while I had a seasonal job at a department store, I used a portion of my pay to purchase a Zweihander from TherionArms online (the page for the sword is here). Since I received it I loved it. But it hasn't seen much use. Sadly, Just today I pulled it out and noticed some black markings on the blade. Upon checking online it seems to be tarnish (but I don't know for sure, as I have little to no knowledge on both it or rust to begin with).
Here are the images of my sword's blade currently: 1 2 3 4
What do I need and what do I need to do to remove this from the blade and prevent this from occurring? The sword's page states this as well, but when I purchased it, it was without a scabbard as the scabbard was no longer being produced.
Yep, looks like oxidation. You can take it in several steps to remove it, starting at the least invasive to the most.
1. Rub it briskly with a clean rag that has some kind of oil on it. Mineral oil and other similar oils such 3 in 1 oil, Singers Sewing Machine oil, Camellia oil are all good. Rub the affected spots and it should loosen up and remove at least some of the tarnish.
2. A polishing compound and rag. Mothers Mag and Aluminum paste, Metal Glo, Flitz should all work. Again, rub the affected area, trying to keep all the strokes going in the same direction. along and not across the blade.
3. Very high grit steel wool. 0000 should be good. Again, try to keep all the strokes going in the same direction.
4. Wet/dry sandpaper. Use a relatively high grit while wet. Light pressure. Strokes all going in the same direction. Using this method will likely result in shiny patches where you worked it with the paper, and to get a uniform finish you'll have to repolish the blade.
You can also try things like a pencil eraser or aluminum foil dipped in water. Some have reported some success using them.
To prevent future rust you will need to regularly clean and oil the blade. I use 3 in 1 oil since it's cheap and easy to find. To clean it you need to wipe it down with a clean rag, then wipe down again with a high %(like 91% or 99%) isopropyl alcohol. Wipe it until all the oil and debris are gone, then wipe down again with another clean cloth. Apply a very small amount of oil to the blade. You should not see any streaks, beading or drips in the oil. You should barely be able to see that it's there.
Lastly, if you haven't already then you need to make a sheath-type object for the blade. An oil coated blade left bare will collect dust and dirt from the air and create ugly and harmful oxidation. I made a shady one out of packing paper from the Dollar Store for my bare blades. Ugly as hell, but I have not had any issues with rust or tarnish since I did it.
Looks like black rust, which while not good to look at it won’t hurt anything. The fellows gave good recommendations, however I’d like to add if you use grit, #000 steel wool, and such do so with a thin oil.
christain: Don't feel alone, Scott. I gotta work Sunday while the rest of the family has Easter dinner. That's okay though...I'll just eat double when I get home.
Apr 21, 2019 0:11:34 GMT
ouroboros: Sorry Scott. Hope time off comes soon
Apr 20, 2019 18:33:48 GMT
Scott: I'm working all weekend
Apr 20, 2019 17:39:39 GMT
ouroboros: Easter Greetings to you too!
Apr 20, 2019 14:32:37 GMT
brothersteel: Finishing up "The Robe" as we're prepping for tomorrow. Seeing the one sword fight in the film last night, I laugh inwardly at how much Olympic fencing still reigned in Hollywood in those days. A blessed Easter to all!
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redscorpion: yeah, cars. Always spending money on those things. I just had to put spark plugs in my older Jag. $300 just about covers cost of materials (plugs and gaskets) - then it's a 4 hour job to change them out.
Apr 20, 2019 11:02:17 GMT
christain: TGIF, y'all....Anyone have any cool weekend plans ? Perfect weather tomorrow for Ren-Fest here, but after having to drop $300 on car repairs ....maybe next weekend/paycheck. Even had my kit packed up and ready.
Apr 20, 2019 3:09:55 GMT
redscorpion: Ah, I see now. I stand (or rather sit) corrected. Nice seax. Been thinking about picking one up for myself.
Apr 19, 2019 1:16:10 GMT
christain: Congrats, Nord! Nice looking seax you have there. You've waited patiently, and now...the reward! When you decide you want a Viking longship replica built, I know a couple'a guys.....
Apr 18, 2019 23:59:48 GMT
nerdthenord: Lol, I posted pictures Scorp. In my own thread and the new acquisitions thread.
Apr 18, 2019 22:48:45 GMT
redscorpion: Good for you, Nord! But.... no pictures = never happened.
Apr 18, 2019 22:25:43 GMT
nerdthenord: Well, I pick up my seax Tuesday, which is just perfect lol.
Apr 18, 2019 15:27:01 GMT
Djinnobi ☽✮☾: Yea thanks for viewing my thread, chris!
Apr 18, 2019 6:30:38 GMT
christain: PM reply sent. Beddy-bye time. Work tomorrow. G'night, all.
Apr 18, 2019 3:42:07 GMT
nerdthenord: Christain, sent you a PM about that sheath. Oh I am so exited for my seax! It is supposed to be epic! I updated my thread about it btw.
Apr 18, 2019 2:49:43 GMT
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