I received a Tactical Ginunging from KCB one week ago. Unfortunately I seem to always have to do minor repairs with Filipino Swords when I receive them. Might be the Wood Shrinking due to changes from High to Low Humidity (even though I am in the Philippines right now and it was just shipped from Manila to Cebu).
The Handle Pin is a little bit of a Hotspot might be hurtfull to the hands
after some use and longer Cutting Sessions (I can't test anything like Durability atm cause I live in a tiny Appartment for now)
My three questions would be: What would you guys use trying to fix the cracks? I also thought of lacquer the Scabbard to match the Wood Grain of the Kamagong handle. Is their a Colour you would suggest?
And last question: How would you sand down that pin? Which grit of Sandpaper would you advice? I thought glueing it to a tiny Wooden stick/Wooden Dowel.
I hope you can help me. I would like to fix it before flying back to my Home Country.
Last Edit: Sept 14, 2022 8:53:59 GMT by bauernwehr
titebond III mixed w/ some putty/or sawdust for the sheath right away, push it in with a small piece of paper. keep adding til flush or overflush and light sand 400+ grit. they make touchup markers/crayons that work well for furniture afterwards
not sure what you mean by lacquer & color? if the sheath is made of the same wood and you want to reveal the natural grain then you'd have to strip off all the paint (which is a lot of work looking at the detailed carvings and may not be worth it if you're lacking skill/tools) if you mean to match the shine - satin spray lacquer w/ multiple coats and light sanding (800 grit) with the last few coats - keep adding until you reach a similar shine
for the handle pin: you might want to give it a few more months to stabilize...the wood could shrink even more (or expand) prior to sanding and refinishing the handle. if it stays very minimal such as in the pictures, I'd probably try and hole punch blue painters tape and give it a light sanding go
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