Sunday evening, I took my new hand-and-a-half sword out of its scabbard and took a file to some nicks that were across the edges. I checked each edge carefully, taking different files to the areas that had some burrs or dings. I oiled the blade, and then polished it with an old washcloth.
Its different than with my rapier, where the dings and burrs are much less pronounced. Contact between weapons in the SCA is less dramatic. In this western martial arts class I got to participate in had much more drastic attacks, attacks that were delivered with greater intent And the edges of my sword showed it.