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shastardhari 10th October 2017 04:11 PM

cleaning up a wootz tulwar
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Dear VIking sword forum,

I recently purchased a tulwar for 43, once i had it in my hands i noticed a pattern throughout the length of the blade, crystaline wootz?
i am currently cleaning it up with wd40 and fine wire wool...

some bits are very stubborn and will not come off the blade, can some suggest what else I can use to clean the blade up , and if i do use various grits of wet
and dry sandpaper how can I etch the pattern back?
here are some images of the tulwar attached

shastardhari 10th October 2017 07:20 PM

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I used wd40 and fine wire wool to clean the blade, this is the result, what does everyone think?

Jens Nordlunde 10th October 2017 09:45 PM

Welcome to the forum.
What you could try is, to take some kitched issue spray it with WD40 and wrap it around the blade, then add some plastic foil, and leave it foe a day or two.
Next time you photograph, please use a neutral background.
Good luck.

Kmaddock 10th October 2017 10:49 PM

Welcome to the forum
I find diesel v good at penetrating rust, leave soak for a while and then clean
Here is a thread I posted a while back on etching, if you use the search forum you will find loads more information

Your sword looks v good and I hope the cleaned sword looks even better

mariusgmioc 12th October 2017 05:41 PM

More information at the link below:

shastardhari 16th November 2017 06:02 PM

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Dear all
Thank you for your input.
I have cleaned the tulwar as much as I could have with the use of fine wire wool then 1200_2500 wet and dry paper. Etched using Ferric chloride.
Please tell me what you think of the end result.

Jens Nordlunde 22nd November 2017 03:58 PM

I think the result have cocme out fine.
I know the question, when cleaning and etching is an issue the question pops up, should I stop, or should I go further, but only the one who owns the weapons can answer that question.

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