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by Euan
Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:51 am
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Tang care
Replies: 7
Views: 6707

I think you are right about the blisters being scale. I was a bit thrown that one or two of them did pop It's a steep learning curve! here is a pic http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z160/EuanStirling/duanjianrestoration007.jpg Slightly off topic, here's the finished article (my first full blown pol...
by Euan
Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:34 am
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Tang care
Replies: 7
Views: 6707

Thanks for the suggestions.
I ended up using a combination of the two techniques brushes/oil.
The patina was a lot tougher than I had anticipated.
It has cleaned up OK but there are still suface blisters which probably contain more active rust.
I'm not sure whether to leave them alone or not?
by Euan
Tue Nov 27, 2007 3:51 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Militia jian weight
Replies: 14
Views: 7897

I've had the chance to handle 2 militia type jian since this thread started. They both felt very similar although they were slightly different weights, lengths etc. It's not a very big sample I know, but the thing they had in common was little to no taper in the blade, either distal or profile. This...
by Euan
Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:06 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Recommended reading
Replies: 6
Views: 4459

Lots to be getting on with, thanks for all the suggestions.

I'm going to add one on the subject of metallurgy, so I don't forget it, I've seen Philip Tom recommend it a couple of times.

Art Gogan FIGHTING IRON: A METALS HANDBOOK FOR ARMS COLLECTORS (Lincoln, RI: Andrew Mowbray Publishers, 1999.)
by Euan
Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:12 am
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Tang care
Replies: 7
Views: 6707

Tang care

I've dismantled a sword to make a new handle for it and the tang has a fair bit of active rust on it. What's the best way to treat/remove it without affecting the patina? Is there anything I could or should be doing to it to protect it before the handle goes on? I read that the tang shouldn't be oil...
by Euan
Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Making storage scabbards
Replies: 9
Views: 8680

Thanks for the replies, lots of good info there. Tulipwood seems relatively easy to find! Would the tulipwood/yellow poplar make an appropriately "authentic" handgrip for a militia style jian ? It seems quite light in colour and one of the militia ones I've seen, seemed quite red coloured, another w...
by Euan
Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:04 pm
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Making storage scabbards
Replies: 9
Views: 8680

Graham, what kind of wood did you use? Poplar and alder aren't easy to find in the UK. I've got a militia jian to make a handle and storage scabbard for. As Chinese Elm was often used for the handles, I am thinking of using elm for both. Does anyone know how similar/different European and Chinese El...
by Euan
Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:39 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Recommended reading
Replies: 6
Views: 4459

Recommended reading

Are there any good books on the subject of chinese swords - history, evolution, identification etc? Or maybe more general books that have a good subsection? I'm also interested to learn more about the historical and socio-political context because the more I read the more important that seems to be....
by Euan
Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:18 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Militia jian weight
Replies: 14
Views: 7897

Linda, your question is similar to one I was thinking about - Can you tell a militia one from a "literati" one even without the original fittings. ie do they form a distinct group or do they tend to fit within the range of "normal" (maybe just a subgroup?) I realise there will be less conformity to ...
by Euan
Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:55 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Antique fittings
Replies: 2
Views: 2399

Antique fittings

Hi everyone, first post here, so be gentle! I was pointed over here by Peter Dekker. It's a rehash of one I've already asked on SFI (but got no replies) Since I got my duan jian I've noticed a lot of other duan jian with identical fittings, and a few that are very similar This has got me thinking, p...