And by the way, IO, the only person talking about conservation of museum pieces is you, we're talking about BD's rather excellent practical sword and if it was mine I'd be playing with it very often. It would be gettin wet, getting melon juice on and maybe even my own blood on it from time to time so I wouldn't care ifthe blade lookedike it had been used, for me that would make it look better as a display item.
That's the difference, A display item or collctible item is something different than a tool for use. I understood BD to want it mainly for display, not to reenact. Expecting to be still happy with in in decades. So I gave hints for that.
@PA and IO there's only one way to settle this......FIGHT!!!! I suggest a plastic mat...and....baby oil ! BD can adjudicate with Spiculum THe winner gets to choose the oil of choice for further greasing and the loser gets a taste of cold steel
No, you tried to teach your granny to suck eggs and display your knowledge to the mortals. The fact that he's in the garden hacking melons up tells you he's going to be playing with it and it's going to get a damn sight less abuse than it's designed to take. This is a high end practical sword, even with re-enactment use it will still be with us in many decades. It's designed for abuse, I've got an original M3 trench knife, no reason to believe it hasn't been stuck in a soldaten's ribs at the business end of the Allied advance, it's worth over two hundred quid and I use it to open tins. Why? because it can take it and suffers no ill effects. I've even got one that was dug up after sixty years in the alkali soil of Northern France, the leather had rotted so I cleaned the rust off, honed the blade and re-wrapped it in a bit of para cord and keep it as my good one.