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Removing rust from medieval sword


Q. I bought a vintage medieval sword and it is rusty and I would like to know how to take the rust off with out damaging the sword thnx.

Joseph Kennedy
student - Waterloo, Belgium

simultaneous (2005)

A. You can remove rust with Naval Jelly [linked by editor to product info at Amazon]. After you remove the rust, you will probably find it dull and pitted where the rust was. Hours of rubbing with fine sandpaper and steel wool [linked by editor to product info at Rockler] will make it look better.

jeffrey holmes
Jeffrey Holmes, CEF
      South Carolina


A. You can use 5% citric acid solution (or 50 gm citric acid/1 lit water/+add ammonia to pH3,5)! Good luck!

Goran Budija
- Zagreb, Croatia


A. If you are sure this is an actual sword that is from the 1600's or before I would suggest against doing anything to it aside from hanging it up on a wall and enjoying it. Antique swords are prone to rust unless they were well cared for over the years (lots of oiling and polishing). If you decide that you do want to have a bright finish on the sword, sell it and buy a 25 dollar blade rather than ruining an antique. If you decide that you do want to keep this sword, take it to a professional (i.e., museum) and have them arrest the rust.

Marc Banks
- Elizabeth City, North Carolina


A. Please, don't rub it with files, sandpaper wire brush etc! It makes it worthless! leave the real thing as it is. You can call to some historical museum, and ask professionals, what to do.
And buy another cheap Chinese glittering sword, if you want.

Allan Hmelnitski
- Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia


A. If it is truly an authentic medieval sword, you should do nothing to it by yourself. A licensed sword professional might be able to do something with it, and if you want it to have a bright finish, it would most likely cost serious money. Whatever you do, do NOT use steel wool on your blade.

Joseph Podhorsky
- San Diego, California, USA.

October 15, 2011

Q. Hi, I'm thinking about buying a sword made of spring steel. I want to know if that type of steel is susceptible to rust and requires maintenance and special care.

Andrew Colombus
buyer - Hungary

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