Post by Saionji Shonagon on Dec 14, 2012 23:59:26 GMT -5
I have come into possession of a shirasaya nodachi (I think, simple because it's too long to be a katana and it's got a straight blade) of Chinese manufacture*. (I felt bad because the blade was filthy when it was shown to me and ended up making an offer). Blade cleaned up with a little oil and a soft cloth, but it's apparent that the saya is the source of the dirt - probably an accumulation of dust.
I don't want to crack the scabbard by the sudden application of cold compressed air. Anyone have any tips on how I might deal with the crud inside it?
(*Make is "Shinwa." I have no idea of the value, but even if it's a wall hanger, I'd like to give it decent care, particularly if I decide to let it pass to someone else at some point.)
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I've been thinking about it, and wondering if repeated application of a sticky note (sticky side out) taped to a wire coathanger might do the job. I often use sticky notes to clean out the crud that gets in my keyboard.
Post by Kôriki Ryuushirô Hiroshige on Dec 15, 2012 18:56:25 GMT -5
After taking a quick look at my swords. I think the coat hanger idea would probably work. I'd suggest "wrapping" double sided sticky tape (generally used for holding small area rugs in 1 place). Other than that I'd think a "slow" application of compressed air would work tto (would use the canned air used to clean electronic equipment)
An alternative to sticky tape might be plain old plastic bag. I've been told a piece of plastic bag (not the whole bag) tied to a piece of hanger wire is often used to clean out rifle barrels. The static on the bag traps the dust, without the possibility of adhesive transferring to the barrel.
Post by Saionji Shonagon on Oct 28, 2013 16:31:42 GMT -5
Well, the Shinwa turns out to work very well for cutting two-liter soda bottles. With ZERO cutting experience I was able to cut both stationary and swinging bottles quite easily. If I hadn't misjudged the distance, I think I could have gone through two bottles on one stroke.
(Feel free to critique my form - I'd never done this before!)