Care of Your Sword
Albion sword has been painstakingly crafted by hand and eye to provide
you and your heirs with a lasting heirloom. We use only the finest carbon
tool steels, mild steels, and irons in our creations. These materials
are all chosen for their similarity to original materials utilized to
create works in centuries past. They are not stainless or stain-resistant,
and if neglected or poorly treated will rust and decay.
with the same basic and simple care required to properly maintain a fine
firearm, your Albion sword will last for generations.
handling, cutting, or after six months of storage or display, the metal
components should be wiped clean with a soft cloth, and lightly oiled
with a quality machine or gun oil. We strongly recommend Break-Free CLP
as the premium oil for this use - it is the same oil that we use prior
to shipping the finished pieces from our shop. A more traditional approach
would be to use a quality mineral oil, although it would require more
You can also choose to apply a fine paste wax from tip to pommel. We recommend
a product like TreWax which provides a clear, non-yellowing finish. Apply the wax to the entire sword using
a soft brush, let it dry, then buff by hand with a clean soft cloth. A
wax finish will keep your sword rust free for several months (in most
climates) and is easy to reapply after handling.
Repairing Minor Finish Damage
surface scratches on the hilt components and blade can be removed using
a fine (grey) ScotchBrite pad with oil. It is important to note before
beginning, which direction the "grain" of the finish has already
-- going against this "grain" will cause unsightly cross-scratches
that will mar the finish and will be very difficult to remove by hand.
Guards typicaly have "grain" running from side to side (when
the sword is viewed point up or down.)
restoring the finish to a guard, using a Fine (Grey) ScotchBrite Pad
and oil in a side to side motion.
pommels are usually are finished up and down, wheel pommels without a
riser from side to side , and wheel pommels with risers are finished in
a circular manner.
restoring the finish to a wheel pommel with riser, using a Fine (Grey)
ScotchBrite Pad and oil in a circular motion.
Blades are always finished from base to tip. When restoring the
finish with a ScotchBrite pad and oil, always start at the base of the
blade and run the pad gently and straight toward the tip in as even and
continuous motion as possible.
restoring the finish to a blade,
using a Fine (Grey) ScotchBrite Pad
with this periodic care, the metal components still tend to age over time,
and you will note certain changes in color and hue. Under proper care
this is not corrosion or decay, but rather an attractive patina that is
much desired and common to well-maintained ancient metalwork. Think of
it as the piece recording its own history, as only a traditionally made
should be maintained by periodic buffing with a clean soft cloth. You
may wish to also wax the grip using a product like TreWax (available from
should be maintained with linseed oil, wiping a thin coat with a soft
cloth, followed by a generous hand rubbing to help warm the oil for deeper
penetration, as well as giving it a deep rich luster
If You Cannot Fix It -- Don't Despair!
We are always here to help. For a small fee, Albion can fully refurbish
your sword and make it almost like new again. Contact Albion Customer
Service for a price quote and turnaround time.
In addition, Albion offers several Maintenance
Plans where we will do the work for you, keeping your sword, or
your entire Albion collection, in perfect condition.
The Albion Guarantee
care was taken in the making and assembly of your Albion sword. However,
even with the pains taken to seal and stabilize all of the organic materials
used, extremes in temperature and humidity can sometimes create small
expansions and shrinkage that lead to potential loosening of the hilt.
Although rare, should this occur we offer refurbishment and repair by
our shop at no cost to you apart from return shipping. All Albion Mark
swords are guaranteed for life against defects in materials and workmanship.
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