|Care and Maintenance of Weapons
Frequent and long term use of wooden weapons requires diligent and careful
upkeep of the wood to insure the weapon lasts. With so much energy and hard
work put into training, I know I begin to develop an attachment, perhaps even a
relationship with my weapons, and I want them to stick around.
Especially if you use your weapons mostly outdoors in all kinds of weather, you
have to take good care of them. Here's what we do:
Liberal use of "goop." Now, Goop is the technical term for a mixture of oils and
wax, applied hot to a sanded weapon, then rubbed in furiously, allowed to set,
and then buffed off.
1 cup tung oil
1 cup linseed oil
1 cup shaved beeswax
Find yourself a good sized soup can, and combine equal parts of both oils in
the CLEAN soup can. Lower the can of oil into a pot of boiling water, effectively
creating a double boiler. It's wise to do it this way, especially when you read all
the danger signs on the sides of the oil containers about how the stuff
As the oil heats up, gradually add the beeswax until it is completely melted.
You may have to add water along the way because it boils away, reducing the
heat to the can. Remove the can from the boiling water.
Prior to this process, or during, sand your weapons with 400 grit sandpaper.
Do so lightly. You are simply interested in getting dirt and the top layer of goop
off so that then new layer does its job. If you have splinters, use a heavier
grade of paper, and make sure you've dealt with that issue aggressively,
because it'll just get worse if you don't.
Using a rag, or other tool, apply the hot goop to the weapon and then rub it into
the wood vigorously. I like to use bare hands because I can feel the heat of the
friction, and that makes me think the goop is going into the pores of the wood
more. I could be fooling myself. Let the goop stay as thick as you want after
rubbing it in.
Set aside in room temp, inside, to dry or set, however you'd like to conceive it,
for around 24 hours. Then with a clean rag, buff all the excess dried goop off.
You are ready for battle!
Another tip: get a bottle of scotch guard and spray your weapons bag down
liberally every time you treat your weapons. It'll protect the other weapons better
while they wait their turn in the pouring rain.