How do I clean a sword (katana)?


Cleaning for all types of oriental swords, katanas, ninjatos, daisho, wakizashi, tanto, naginata, oodachi, nodachi etc.

Therefore we need::

  1. A massive metal hammer called a Mekugi
  2. Koji lubricating vegetable oil
  3. Rice paper, harai gami.
  4. Non-abrasive powder glue known as Uchikoo
  5. Soft cloth for maintaining a plastic container for storage.

Katana sword

  • Step 1:
    Using the soft cloth, use slow, gentle movements to wipe the sword blade until it is clean and dry.
    Be careful not to cut yourself.
  • Step 2:
    Use the gentle tapping with the Uchiko on the blade of your sword to leave some dust on it.
    Wipe off the dust with the soft, dry cloth until there is no more dust.
    Repeat on the other side.
  • Step 3:
    Pour a little oil on the rice paper and rub the paper on the sword blade to keep oil on the sword. Be careful not to cut yourself in this process.
  • Step 4:
    Keep it in your suitcase and don’t lift the handle. As the oil can get to the bottom of the scabbard and rust your sword. After storing it, don’t touch it as anything you just did while cleaning it will become unusable.
    Salt, dirt, moisture, sweat and grease, as well as water, oxidize and abuse your sword.

For more information, see the video below:



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