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Little black spots on my Sword - Monday, January 17, 2011 7:21 AM ( #1 )
    I was re-oiling my Chinese war sword for the first time and noticed some tiny little black spots. From what I've read this is pitting and is perfectly normal but I wanted to make sure it wasn't rust or something serious. I worry that I spent so much time researching the right type of oil that I put it off to long
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Re:Little black spots on my Sword - Monday, January 17, 2011 7:42 AM ( #2 )
If you just posted a picture, we could tell.

And pitting is a form of rusting, like the brown/black patina old blades takes with time. I have an old french infantry gladius (at least 120 years old, maybe 150 or 170), and the blade turned completly black, while still polished. It looks so good, it smells history. Pitting might get dangerous if leaved uncontrolled: it grows and deepens.
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Re:Little black spots on my Sword - Monday, January 17, 2011 8:03 AM ( #3 )
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If you just posted a picture, we could tell.

And pitting is a form of rusting, like the brown/black patina old blades takes with time. I have an old french infantry gladius (at least 120 years old, maybe 150 or 170), and the blade turned completly black, while still polished. It looks so good, it smells history. Pitting might get dangerous if leaved uncontrolled: it grows and deepens.


Sorry about not getting a picture. I hate digital cameras btw. This is the best shot I could get. You'll see the spots in question right next to the reflection of my chandelier to the left of it and down a bit. Here's the link in case the image doesn't embed right. http://i142.photobucket...SCN0165.jpg?t=1295276456
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Re:Little black spots on my Sword - Monday, January 17, 2011 8:54 AM ( #4 )
Oh, yes! "Tiny" is the word! I never saw a CS sword blade from this close, so I can't really tell if it's normal or not. But, to me, there is nothing to worry about. On my blades (as I told you, old one, and not this shiny), when I'm affraid there is some rusting growing, I rub it with "000 steel wool". It's so fine it leaves the patina which protects the steel, but removes the spreading, brown, powdery rust that catches moisture. But it also leaves some small scratches that will change the shiny surface of your blade. After I wipped the surface clean of any rest of stain rust and steel wool, I put just any oil, olive, WD40, linseed, even dried salted ham grease, whatsoever, as I've never seen much difference, and rubs again. I do this twice or thrice a year, and my blades are still clean and smooth. But not shiny and mirror polished.
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Re:Little black spots on my Sword - Monday, January 17, 2011 9:05 AM ( #5 )
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Oh, yes! "Tiny" is the word! I never saw a CS sword blade from this close, so I can't really tell if it's normal or not. But, to me, there is nothing to worry about. On my blades (as I told you, old one, and not this shiny), when I'm affraid there is some rusting growing, I rub it with "000 steel wool". It's so fine it leaves the patina which protects the steel, but removes the spreading, brown, powdery rust that catches moisture. But it also leaves some small scratches that will change the shiny surface of your blade. After I wipped the surface clean of any rest of stain rust and steel wool, I put just any oil, olive, WD40, linseed, even dried salted ham grease, whatsoever, as I've never seen much difference, and rubs again. I do this twice or thrice a year, and my blades are still clean and smooth. But not shiny and mirror polished.


I figured I was overreacting a bit given the liliputian size of the marks. Just to be safe I hit it with some steel polish, which reduced the size of the marks significantly. I use flitz gun polish and rem oil moisture guard to protect my blades. I have very very good vision and noticed the marks right away while re-oiling the blade; combine that with a little bit of OCD and a mild emotional attachment to the weapon and trouble is bound to follow.
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Re:Little black spots on my Sword - Monday, January 17, 2011 10:28 PM ( #6 )
I know exactly what you mean, and sympathize.
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Re:Little black spots on my Sword - Monday, January 17, 2011 10:30 PM ( #7 )
With me it's bow limbs though. 'Is that a crack, oh Lord please no not a crack' (begins panicking, find out an hour later that its just the natural laminations)
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Re:Little black spots on my Sword - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:07 AM ( #8 )
I get little pits all the time, but only on the stainless steel parts of the scabbard and/or handle of my swords. Not a lot can be done it seems because I polished the hell out of them (both the swords and the scabbards and guards. However as long as its not on the blade itself I don't think I have a lot to worry about.
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Re:Little black spots on my Sword - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 4:55 PM ( #9 )

 

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