How to Care for Wool Clothing & Leather. Caring for your edged weapon blade. Civil War & Ranch Wear Wool & Leather

 

Wool, Leather, & Edged Weapon Blade Care

Caring for Your Wool Clothing

Wool clothing will shrink if you do not take care when washing it or when drying it after getting it wet. You can prevent shrinkage by following the care instructions below.

  • Wash & rinse wool garments in COLD water.
  • Machine or Hand Wash.
  • Hang the garment up to dry.
  • ONLY dry the garment INSIDE your house; like in the bathroom.
  • Do not expose the wet or drying garment to the Sun or Direct Heat.
  • OR
  • Dry Clean.

Caring for Your Leather Boots and Shoes

Leather contains oils that are removed once the leather gets wet. Leather can easily be permanently damaged if you do not take care when drying it after getting it wet.

DO NOT EVER DRY YOUR BOOTS OR SHOES NEAR OR IN THE FIRE. This will COOK the leather and permanently damage it. Dry your boots or shoes away from fire or heat. Once the leather is dry, recondition it using a good leather conditioner or leather oil

Caring for Your Edged Weapon's Blade

All metal parts of your sword or saber, including wire wrapped grips, should be always covered in a light coating of fine oil (like gun oil) or fine polymer wax to prevent rust. Blade maintenance should be performed at least every 3 - 4 months and any time the blade is touched.

  • Your sword or saber comes with a coat of grease which can be removed using WD40. This can be used on both the scabbard and blade. Once cleaned apply a light coat of fine oil or fine polymer wax. Do not use vegetable oils or WD40 as protectors. Use only fine oil or polymer wax.
  • Your finger prints are very acidic so you need to wipe your blade down with a piece of silicone treated gun/reel cloth whenever you handle the blade to prevent rust.
  • Leather scabbards can be treated with a fine paste wax. DO NOT store your sword or saber in its leather scabbard for long periods of time since the leather traps moisture which can produce rust spots on blades.
  • If you do get rust spots on the blade remove them by gently sanding with 600 grit emery paper and light oil. 
  • Don not bang your sword or saber against another edged weapon in a theatrical style duel. Do not band your sword or saber against any hard object to test its strength or the 'sound' of the steel as it hits a hard object.
  • Do not swing any edged weapon carelessly. This is a real, well-tempered blade and must be treated with the same respect you would give a loaded firearm.
  • Do not try to chop down any tree with your blade; it is not an ax. Restrict your cutting practice to cardboard tubes, cutting matt, or large fruit.