Antique weaponry are the reminisces of our history. They show the mark of war, many wielded to save lives. All the aged chips and scratches all have an origin. The value of a piece is dependant on many things.
- Country of origin
- battles it was involved in
- blade quality (the most important aspect when it comes to Japanese weapons)
- Who was the one that called it his
Restoring such items requires patience and care. The use of power tools is very dangerous as one second can undo a thousand years of history. Rust is the enemy of all pieces. Keeping them oiled with clove oil or similar is the best. Choose your oil carefully as some organic oils will go rancid in your scabbard and corrode the blade with great ease. Never handle the blade of any sword with bare hands as the oils and acids on your fingures will corrode the blade and leave pits that will scar the blade forever.
"It is not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart."-Jesus Christ, Mark 7:15