Moon wrote: Geordie Ross wrote:
I've never used Ren' wax either - suggest using that stuff to collectors on a Nihonto forum and you won't have to wait long to be insulted...big time.
blasphemy! Why is ren wax frowned upon?
Probably because it can only be removed completely with a solvent and solvents can seriously damage real Nihonto when trapped in the micropores of the steel when another coat of oil is applied, I recall it being listed as not being suitable for blades with a true hamon for this reason and also why '3 in 1' and 'WD40' etc. should be avoided like Newcastle city centre on a Saturday night.
moons made a valid point ren wax alltho used by a lot of people for vairious reasons (this comes from a respected source) its not advised
to use it on folded/Damascus/patterned blades as it fades out the patterns/hamon on most blades the best way is to condition the steel
using oil after cleaning all the shipping crud off oil it once a day for seven days or so then once a week for four weeks then three or four times a year
there after or as often as you wish maybe it sounds a bit exssessive to some but to be honest conditioning the steel dose make sence to me as moon
has said gives the oil a chance to soak into the micro pores of the steel giving it better protection over a long period
this may sound crap to some but as ive said it dose make some sence to me.