HEMA Hack: Self cleaning sword scabbard
This is a little idea to improve the storage of sword in these tubes. The goal is to create a self-cleaning and superior storage environment.
Firstly, cut out a piece of sponge about a 1/4 again as large as the hole in the pipe. Then stab a hole through the middle. Next glue it securely into the mouth of your pipe. That's it. Now soak the sponge in 3 in 1 or the oil of your choice.
The result is that every time I draw or sheath my sword it gets a light coat of oil and hopefully takes any of the dust/finger oil I've missed off the blade.
The final step in this hack is too throw in a bunch of the silica moisture absorber packets into the tube, I got a whole bunch of these in a resent delivery. Then I've sealed the other end off with some duck tape. The idea here is that the blade is now stored in a moistureless environment. Sweet.
It'll be interesting to see how long the sponge lasts but if it's not durable I'll keep a look out for something like this that's more robust. I'm guessing that periodically I'll need to replace the sponge but it's not expensive. Total cost for hack? About $10.