Lost samurai swords

Discussion in 'War Against Japan' started by Bob Turner, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. Takeda

    Takeda New Member

    I understand that these comments are from approx. 1 year ago but I pray it's not too late:
    1- what ever yoou do DO NOT TOUCH THE BLADE WITH YOUR FINGERS!!!!
    2- if you do touch it, use a VERY SOFT, repeat, VERY SOFTcloth and wipe the blade gently!!!!
    3- use clove oil (2 or 3 drops) on a piece of rice paper and drag it along the blade on both sides and the spine
    4- FOR GOD'S SAKE DO NOT NOT NOT use linseed oil or anything else but clove oil!!!!
    5- place the blade back in the scabbered without touchin the sides or the spine against the scabbered.
    6- if the owner lives near salt water, repeat this cleaning once every 4 months.
  2. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

  3. Shiny 9th

    Shiny 9th Member

    Re keeping such swords in tip top condition, my fathers war souvenir was kept by him with vaselene smeared over the blade. He left me the sword and I have never added any other coatings.I check it from time to time and it has never deteriorated, even though I do live near the sea. I think because it was looked after right from the time he took it from the Sungei Patani surrender in Malaya it is as good as new.
  4. Peccavi

    Peccavi Senior Member

    I notice that your friend Dave has two Japanese swords.

    Was the second smaller sword also standard issue?

    My Uncle collected such a sword at the Japanese Surrender at Singapore but a lot prettier than your mate Dave's.

    Just wondering if my cousin is in possession of something valuable.
  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    I thought they were supposed to be the toughtest steel in the history of the universe.

    Nothing but clove oil, with four exclaimation points?
  6. NickFenton

    NickFenton Well-Known Member

    I know where half a dozen are l am afraid. My uncle's Mother would not have them in the house after he came home from overseas so they were thrown in the River Ouse in Barlby. A very sad end to such heritage.

    My Uncles name is Goldy B. More. :biggrin:

    Before everyone goes looking for their Dad's scuba gear, the first part of the story l am afraid is true but the name is not and l suspect it will take more than clove oil to revive them. A sad story that l can only hope meant the destruction of a few mass produced blades.


  7. noman

    noman Member

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