Instructions to care for your Katana.
- To ensure the long life of this product, we recommend a cleaning after each use.
- Please use a dry soft cloth only. After cleaning, please keep the product dry in a low temperature and aeration room for storage.
- Never use abrasive polishes, scouring pads or metal wool as this will damage the polished finish of the blade.
- Make sure your product is stored in a perfectly dry place and that they are thoroughly dried out before the blade is replaced in the scabbard.
- You may spread clean grease or Vaseline onto the blade to avoid rust.
Instructions for adjusting the fit of your Katana in its scabbard.
When your Katana becomes loose in its scabbard, the fit of the Habaki and scabbard mouth may be adjusted as follows:
- Thoroughly degrease the throat of the scabbard to a depth of approximately 2,5 cm (ca.1 inch) from the mouth piece (see the red coloured part on the picture). This can be easily done using a cotton and a solvent. Once the solvent is applied, allow it to completely evaporate. Please, take care that the solvent does not enter in contact with the lacquer on the outside of the scabbard as it shall damage the lacquer finish.
- Take a section of wooden shim (or a wooden veneer available from home stores) approximately 2,5 cm (ca.1 inch) square. Try this shim for fit in the top of the throat of the scabbard by pulling the sword about 2,5 cm (ca.1 inch) out of the scabbard and placing the piece of shim on the Habaki. The piece of shim should be slightly narrower than the side of the Habaki. Gently guide the shim into the throat of the scabbard.
- Remove the sword and the piece of shim from the scabbard. Apply a light coating of glue to one side of the shim and replace it in the top of the throat of the scabbard, so that the shim is glued to the wood and the top of the shim follows the top of the throat. Make sure that the other side of the shim is dry and completely free from glue and that there is not excess glue elsewhere in the scabbard throat.
When your Katana is too tight in its scabbard, the fit be adjusted as follows:
- Just use a file-knife to file the scabbard mouth. Or you can use a long hook-knife to file the inside of the scabbard. Take care not to hurt yourself when adjusting it.