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    WHAT DO I DO IF THERE IS OXIDATION OR RUSTING ON MY BLADE?

    Q. WHAT DO I DO IF THERE IS OXIDATION OR RUSTING ON MY BLADE?

    If oxidation or rusting is present, clean and buff the affected area with a soft chamois and apply a coat of oil to the entire tool surface. For trouble spots utilize an anti-oxidation product (such as Miracle Cloth) after cleaning and then apply a protective product (such as Sentry’s Marine Tuf-Cloth) to prevent further oxidation and repel foreign debris. You may also want to try a light steel wool pad (000 grit) to buff off the rust, and then re-apply the anti-rusting agent.

    Remember: rust and corrosion occur most often due to the absence of proper maintenance, so the best defense against oxidation or rusting is to keep your tool clean and well-oiled.

    HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY FIXED BLADE KNIFE?

    Q. HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY FIXED BLADE KNIFE?

    Keeping your knife clean, dry, oiled and sharp are the primary defenses against corrosion, wear, and potential injury. Practicing proper care for your knife will extend the life of your knife as well as increase its durability and reliability. Keep your knife clean. Be sure to clean the blade and handle after each use – however, do not soak your knife in water, particularly if you have a knife with leather handles. A mild solution of soap and water should remove any dirt and debris that may have accumulated during use (avoid harsh detergents such as laundry or dish soap, and chlorine products).

    Keep your knife dry. After cleaning or after exposure to moisture be sure to completely dry your knife blade and handle, taking special care with any sensitive handle materials, like leather. Use a soft cotton cloth or chamois and a small amount of moisture-displacing oil (such as WD-40 or 3-in-1), on the blade only, to prevent water spots and oxidation from forming.

    Keep your knife oiled. Fingerprints and weather are the primary causes of rusting or corrosion on a knife blade. To keep your knife looking its best we recommend that you give your blade a light coat of oil after each cleaning, and prior to long term storage (you may need to re-apply oil more frequently if you live in humid or marine environments). If you knife is kept in storage it is recommended to use a desiccant to remove moisture in the air. Please note that even stainless steel will rust without proper maintenance.

    Keep your knife sharp. A sharp knife is safer and easier to use than a dull one. If you are new to sharpening blades we recommend that you invest in a fixed-angle sharpening kit, so that you ensure a consistent grind from tip to base – we also recommend that you practice your sharpening skills on your kitchen cutlery first, before working on your fixed blade knife. (Please note that any damage to your blade caused by home-sharpening will usually not be covered under your warranty.)

    HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY FOLDING BLADE KNIFE?

    Q. HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY FOLDING BLADE KNIFE?

    Keeping your knife clean, dry, oiled and sharp are the primary defenses against corrosion, wear, and potential injury. And practicing proper care for your knife will extend the life of your blade as well as increase its durability and reliability.

    Keep your knife clean. Be sure to clean the blade and handle set after each use. A mild solution of soap and water should remove any dirt and debris that may have accumulated during use (avoid harsh detergents such as laundry or dish soap, and chlorine products). It is best not to immerse your folding knife in water. To remove any debris from inside the handle you can use a toothpick for any visible lint or dirt, or a Q-Tip for smaller amounts of dirt and debris. Also, a can of compressed air is useful for completely clearing out any embedded dirt or lint. (Ensure that you follow any cautionary guidelines that the product recommends, because some compressed air canisters use an accelerant which might damage your knife’s finish.)

    Keep your knife dry. After cleaning or after exposure moisture be sure to completely dry your knife blade and handle, using a Q-tip to dry areas that are not easily accessible. Use a soft cotton cloth or chamois and a small amount of moisture-displacing oil (such as WD-40 or 3-in-1), on the blade only, to prevent water spots and oxidation from forming.

    Keep your knife oiled. Fingerprints and weather are the primary causes of rusting or corrosion on a knife blade. To keep your knife looking its best we recommend that you give your blade a light coat of oil after each cleaning, and prior to long term storage (you may need to re-apply oil more frequently if you live in humid or marine environments). Be sure to also apply a Paraffin-based oil (such as Easy Lube, offered at Walmart, or Clean Ride, available at most bicycle shops) to the pivot point, which will not only keep the action of your blade smooth but will repel dirt and debris which could impede the blade’s action.

    Keep your knife sharp. A sharp knife is safer and easier to use than a dull one. If you are new to sharpening blades we recommend that you invest in a fixed-angle sharpening kit, so that you ensure a consistent grind from tip to base – we also recommend that you practice your sharpening skills on your kitchen cutlery first, before working on your knife. (Please note that any damage to your blade caused by home-sharpening will usually not be covered under your warranty.)

    HOW SHOULD I STORE MY KNIFE?

    Q. HOW SHOULD I STORE MY KNIFE?

    While not in use, oil your blade and store it in a cardboard scabbard/sheath. Do not store your knife in the Kydex/nylon/leather carrying sheath that came with the knife as moisture can become trapped inside the sheath and accelerate oxidation or rusting. A cardboard scabbard will wick moisture away from the blade’s surface and prevent dust and debris from accumulating. Keep your knife stored in a controlled room-temperature environment, preferably with low moisture or humidity. Periodically re-oil the blade while it is in storage, approximately two or three times each year. Remember that, without proper maintenance, even the best made steels will eventually oxidize and rust – so caring for your knife well will ensure longevity and reliability throughout the years.

    CAN I SHARPEN MY SWORD?

    Q. CAN I SHARPEN MY SWORD?

    This very much depends on your skill level and the availability of the right equipment. Fine high-end katana generally fall under the “do not try this at home” rule, as more damage than good can be done to these blades by untrained attempts at sharpening and, unless they are used for cutting very, very regularly they should rarely need sharpening. If, over time and use, the edge does deteriorate it’s best to contact a trained polisher (we’ll be happy to recommend one if necessary).

    For less expensive katana, where the appearance of the blade is not a prime concern, an edge can be restored if done carefully and with strict regard to safety. Obtain a 6” x 2” ultra-fine diamond whetstone – this will do the job reasonably quickly and efficiently. Lay the sword on a table, with the edge facing away from you, and, holding the handle with the left hand, take the whetstone in the right hand. Adjust the angle of the stone so that it is laying on the edge, angled towards you (at the habaki end of the blade) and is slightly above the ridge line. Gently stroke the stone along the entire cutting edge three or four times. Always keep your fingers away from the edge. Then turn the sword so that the grip is to your right (again with the edge facing away from you) and, holding the stone in your left hand, repeat the process. Turn the sword to its original position and stroke the stone along the blade, at the same angle, once. Test the edge on a piece of copy paper – if it slices it cleanly, you’re done. If not, repeat the whole process until a clean cut is obtained. Be careful with that stone angle – if the stone touches the ridge line the blade will be scratched, if it is too far away from the ridge line the edge angle will be too steep and cutting ability will suffer. Above all, keep your fingers away from the edge.

    The same procedure can be used for European swords but, in the case of double-edged swords, you will have edges both facing you and facing away so even more care is necessary. You should wear a pair of thick leather gloves and exercise extreme caution.

    WHAT CAN I CUT WITH MY KATANA WITHOUT VOIDING THE WARRANTY?

    Q. WHAT CAN I CUT WITH MY KATANA WITHOUT VOIDING THE WARRANTY?

    Just be sensible. Tatami mats, bamboo up to a couple of inches in diameter, pool noodles, plastic water bottles and the like are all fine. Trees and 2” x 4”s are not. Basically anything that will cause the sword to stop on impact must absolutely be avoided – the part of the blade extending out beyond the point of impact wants to keep moving and will do so if sufficient force is exerted, causing at best a bent blade and at worst an uncontrolled projectile that can result in serious injury. Of course small-diameter tree limbs can be cut but the temptation is to move up to increasingly larger diameters “just to see what it will do” – until it doesn’t.

    HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT LAWS REGARDING KNIVES?

    Q. HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT LAWS REGARDING KNIVES?

    There are various organizations whose sole purpose is to protect knife owners. You may do well to consult AKTI (American Knife and Tool Institute) or KnifeRights.org. You should also check with local authorities for regional legislation.

    DOES THE FORGE OFFER MILITARY / PUBLIC SERVICE DISCOUNTS?

    Q. DOES THE FORGE OFFER MILITARY / PUBLIC SERVICE DISCOUNTS?

    Yes. 10% off with valid ID. The Ancient Forge offers a public service discount to all active, reserve, and retired U.S. Military, Police, Fire, and EMS Personnel. To receive this discount you must type in the code “military” in the coupon code field during checkout AND email (support@forgeoftheancients.com) a copy of your public service ID. Specially priced items, closeouts, or those featured on promotional mailers are not eligible for this discount. This offer cannot be combined with other discount or offers.

    ARE YOUR PRODUCTS COVERED UNDER WARRANTY?

    Q. ARE YOUR PRODUCTS COVERED UNDER WARRANTY?

    Most Warranties are handled thru the manufacture; feel free to call us with questions on specific products.

    DOES THE ANCIENT FORGE SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?

    Q. DOES THE ANCIENT FORGE SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?

    The Ancient Forge has partnered with a trusted third-party company, International Checkout, to fulfill orders for our International customers. As such, please contact International Checkout for all questions regarding payment, duty and tax, shipping, order status, tracking information and delivery of orders outside the U.S.

    Please view our International Sales & Shipping Policies by clicking here.

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