|發表於: 五月 星期四 24, 2018 3:15 pm 文章主題: Maintenance of swords through history
Apologies if similar thread was opened in past, but it seems I'm unable to find it... Simply put, my question is: how did people through history keep their swords rust-free? Nearly everything written on maintaining swords I could find relies heavily on modern products, like petroleum-based oils, vaseline, "Renaissance waxes", etc. How were they maintained? Not just in medieval times (as far as I have read, majority of sources mention using unspecified "oil"), but even earlier. What would a Roman soldier or a wealthy Germanic tribesman use to maintain his sword?
My half-educated guess was animal fat, but since some animal fats have high salt content, I guess it would not have been so good for keeping rust off your blade.
Any help will be apprecited.
I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.
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