Theatrical Weapon Maintenance

How to care for your Rogue Steel theatrical weapons


1. Keep it Clean:
Wear gloves when handling and using your Rogue Steel theatrical weapons. Make sure after each use the theatrical weapon is wiped clean of any sweat and dirt, and then wipe on a thin coat of light weight oil. I use Marvel Mystery Oil, but any light weight oil will do. (3-in-1, gun oil, mineral oil, etc.) Do NOT use WD-40, as it evaporates too quickly and doesn’t provide adequate rust protection. Oil will not harm the leather on the grip, but it can break down the adhesive holding it on, so avoid getting too much oil on the grip. If you prefer, you can use wax instead of oil. Renaissance Wax or Johnson’s Paste Wax are both good choices. Either way the goal is to create a barrier between the steel and the oxygen in the air.

2. No one likes a Rusty sword:
Keep your Rogue Steel theatrical weapons in a dry storage area. If moisture is a problem, store along with desiccant packets. If rust does form on the theatrical sword, remove with a 3M Scotchbrite pad or similar abrasive. Once the rust is gone, wipe with oil or coat with wax.

3. Burrs - The hidden danger:
After repeated blade to blade contact, burrs may start to develop on the edge of the sword. These will need to be removed. The simplest process is to file them off with a flat file. File along the length of the edge with long even strokes (draw filing). The goal is to remove any sharp burrs or dings while trying to leave a slightly rounded edge. It’s a good idea to check the blade for burrs after each use to prevent a safety hazard. Pay particular attention during rehearsals when the swords see a lot of use. If you have access to power tools, a belt grinder does an excellent job of removing burrs. Go slowly so as not to remove too much metal. Again, long passes along the edge of the blade are best. Change the angle slightly to round the corners. Always wear the proper safety gear when using power tools. Using small rotary tools to de-burr a blade is not recommended as it is difficult to maintain a straight edge.

4. How does this thing go together?
You shouldn’t need to disassemble a Rogue Steel theatrical sword very often. Though, to inspect the tangs or perform a thorough cleaning, Rogue Steel theatrical swords are easily reassembled. Our theatrical swords use threaded construction. The guard slides over the tang. The grip then slides on with the seam of the leather in the direction of the knucklebow. Next the pommel screws on to hold everything together. Most of our weapons have 6 x 1 mm metric threads. Daggers have ¼ x 20 threads, and heavier weapons have 5/16 x 18.

5. How tight is too tight?
Tighten the pommel securely by hand, but be careful not to over tighten. That will put too much stress on the tang and can eventually cause failure. The hilt should feel secure and not loose at all. Tightening with a wrench or vise is unnecessary. Check the pommel periodically to be sure it doesn’t loosen during use.