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J.G. Grubbs




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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jul, 2004 6:27 pm    Post subject: Sword storage and rifle cases         Reply with quote

Hi all,

I have question about storing swords in hard plastic rifle cases with foam inserts, would I need to put some sort of dessicant in the case?

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Steve Fabert





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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jul, 2004 7:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gun cases are rarely perfectly moisture proof. Blued steel does not require an entirely moisture free environment like a sword does. Most gun owners use desiccant inserts anyway, even though they may not really be required. I would certainly use silica gel or some other readily available humidity absorption material if I wanted to store a sword for an extended period in a guncase. If you are going to transport the package through extremes of heat and cold, it is probably essential to do this, because cooling will cause any moisture inside the case to condense onto the metal surfaces.
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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jul, 2004 7:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Do yourself a favor. Do *not* store your swords in this type of case for any length of time.

The foam lining attracts and retains moisture. I found this out the hard way years ago with firearms, and the rust that trashed their blued finishes. The same can also be true of expensive velvet lined cases. They're great for transport, but not for storage. If you have to store your swords in a rifle case use a soft one with a cloth lining.

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John Reed




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PostPosted: Fri 30 Jul, 2004 10:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Patrick Kelly wrote:
Do yourself a favor. Do *not* store your swords in this type of case for any length of time.

The foam lining attracts and retains moisture. I found this out the hard way years ago with firearms, and the rust that trashed their blued finishes. The same can also be true of expensive velvet lined cases. They're great for transport, but not for storage. If you have to store your swords in a rifle case use a soft one with a cloth lining.



Agreed,
Use gun cases for transport only!!
Also found this out the hard way.

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