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How To Sharpen A Sword?

It's comfortable nice to use and the one problem. How to sharpen a sword I had with it is that although it’s marketed as sharp and it pretty much isn’t as sharp. As I would like it's not able to cut paper and that’s something that I always look for in a sharp sword. It's not that's not what it's designed for but I would like it to be sharp enough to do that. Now it does have an edge on it some parts of it are better than others and if I could be wrong here. But from my understanding, a lot of sword manufacturers and vendors will buy swords. In generally blunt and then the vendor will do a sharpening job. If you want a sharp version now that looks like to be the case on this one.

This is a factory sharp blade and I can see where it's been sharpened and some of the other manufacturers. I’ve bought swords from in the past who do sell them sharp straight from the factory they seem to do a much better job. At sort of blending in the sharpened edge with the rest of the blade and it’s not a problem. And there are various ways in How to sharpen a sword. I am going to be using this. Which is my Japanese water stone because it's a sharpening method that I’m familiar with. I use it for my axes I use it for my knives. So it's something that I'm comfortable doing there the difference with a long sword blade is that.

You can’t sort of sweep the entire blade across you have to do it in sections. Which does give you the risk of the sort of being uneven. So you need to take it a bit more and so what I'm going to do I'll bring the camera a bit closer in a second and we’ll make a start. How to sharpen a sword. I'm not going to show you the whole process by looking at some of the 15-20 minutes preside of each edge. Now two double-edged sword and we're looking about hours’ worth of sharpening. If not a little bit more and I won't bore you with all of that and the other quick thing. That you know a lot of people to have a real hang-up about having the edge completely blended into the blade. Making it look like your pristine no I’m not a story and you know I do like to dabble in doing.

A little bit of research on things especially something that I own or I'm going to use and mine again. This is a personal view but something I've picked up on some research is that you know. You know swords would not have been these wonderful pristine polished perfectly. You know pieces of equipment and you know the in need sort medieval period. A lot of swords would have been polished on a grinding wheel or sharpened on a grinding wheel. Whether that was handled foot-powered or water-powered. If it was coming from you know sort of for lack of a better term. Sort of like a factory and you know they would not have been these wonderful polished things. And you most would have seen a difference between the main blades as it came out of Forge and the blacksmith. And the edge that was put on afterward that’s not to say that people didn't you know.

A treat them with a great deal of respect and you know you may well find that sort of. You know the very expensive swords in sword - generally were quiet. An expensive piece of equipment they were they weren't a common man's weapon binding. There any means and but you know if it was being bought by a nobleman from very well-regarded swords. Myth and things like that I'm sure that there would have been a lot of effort put into making them. You know look very nice and as they were purchased but you know hitting sort of you know warfare conditions. Especially sharpening in the field and things like that I don't generally believe. That sword would have looked the way modern reproductions swords.

How To Sharpen A Sword

Do that's not the sound not going to take this and I will go through the process of taking. Some Emery cloth and things like that and trying to blend that blade in a little bit. So it looks a little bit nicer but was I don’t think that was as much of a concern. We make it today anyway guys that’s enough of me rambling on. I’m going to move the camera a bit closer in and we will make a start okay guys. So here’s my setup and one thing I should have mentioned earlier is if you are sharpening a sword. Make sure you wear gloves one of the interesting things that a lot of people. How to sharpen a sword don’t realize is that with a blade-like this you've got this is a semi-sharp edge at the moment. And what I'll be doing is holding onto this with the palm of my hand and I will be guiding it over my stone.

Now if you're putting pressure on one sharpened blade as long as. It's not particularly heavy pressure you’re pretty well set for not cutting yourself. Because a blade won't generally cut into you unless you're actually running. Your hand along that blade you’ll put it onto your stone exactly the same way you would. If you were sharpening a knife or an ax you find that sort of bevel point and then. You run your blade across the stone and what you'll find that'll pick up on the camera here. At the top edge here you can see the discoloration where the slurry from the stump. That's picking up around the light there and but you’ll see where the slurry is leaving a line. And that is the line that will become my edge and so what I'm going to do.

I’m as I said I'm not going to bore you with all this but I'm going to spend a little bit of time. Working on this part of the edge and then we’ll cut back and I'll show you. How I’m getting on right then guys so that's been about half an hour's worth of work. How to sharpen a sword I've got about 15 minutes on either side or what I wanted to show you were. If you look at the top part up here of this blade that’s the factory finish that's. How it’s arrived at me and if I flip it over.  What is now the top side is the new finish. You can see there’s a three-mile-meter sort of section all the way across the top of this blade. And where I've been sharpening it I mean I've got gloves on but it does feel sharper. And it's much more noticeable and I’ve done that on both sides of this top edge.

So I'm going to bring this back down here and so it's the edge closest to you on the camera. But I may even bring you a little bit closer so you can see what I'm doing and what I’ve done. I've got a little piece of 400 grit wet and dry paper here and all I’m going to do is you spend a couple of minutes. And I'm going to raise this up as well so I can reach it a little bit better. And I'm going to spend a couple of minutes and what this will do will refine. That edge and it will also start to blend that kind of three mili meter mark into the rest of the blade. Now you need to use a very small piece of got a piece here that will fit over my thumb and you need to be very careful when you do this.

You don’t want to push towards the blade you actually want to run up and down. But you need to make sure that you're going on the top part of the blade. Here not actually put your thumb on the edge of your thumb does come into contact with that hard edge. There is a very good chance you’ll cut yourself now you don't need to put a lot of pressure on with. This I mean I'm rubbing up and down very and you don’t need to kind of wait. You know put loads of pressure on and is this is a very gradual thing. It's not something you're looking to do very you want to take your time over it best thing. I've found is that you know do this outdoors in a workshop in your garden well away from TV people. Who is going to talk to you people are going to sort of disturb what you're doing and I tend to do this in sections? You know I'll take a three or four-inch section down the bottom here. I'll start there and then I’ll very work my way up and I don't know how well the camera is going to pick this up. But under stress off in this section between here and here you can see that. We are starting to now blend back in comparison to say the section.

That's under my hand down here so this is a like I say lengthy process. But it will give huge rewards by the time you finish doing this and what you can also do with the wet and dry paper. You can moisten it if you want I tend not to until I’ve given at least one full pass of the sword. And that I'll moisten it and go over again so I'll carry on doing this for another 15 minutes orzo. To get both edges done 15 20 minutes and I'll come back to show you what we look like. How to sharpen a sword after that right there guys so we’re done I have completely finished the sharpening process on one edge. And that is the top edge as you're looking at these rods I'll bring this down here. This kind of picks up okay on the camera and again you can see the edge where I've been sharpening it. You know an I've blended it a little bit but it’s not pretty and again. If I flip over to the other side here and this edge I've done a little bit of work on. But nowhere near as much and it still needs some work.

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