Sword handling is a developed and practiced skill. Do not be flamboyant when handling a drawn sword!
Estonian Defence Forces swords and dagger are intended for ceremonial use only.
The blades are not designed for impact and "fighting." While forged, tempered, and designed for flexibility and durability, ceremonial blades lack the toughness to withstand the heavy impact of "blade-to-blade" contact.
Do not use ceremonial swords for re-enactment fighting.
Horseplay may result in damage to the sword or, worse yet, personal injury.
Blade tips are relatively sharp; exercise care during use.
Children tend to have a natural fascination with swords and often mistake a weapon for a toy. Supervise children closely and know, that the misuse of a weapon is dangerous
To prevent damage to the blade, the weapon must be drawn from and inserted into the scabbard in a straight line from start to finish.
When the weapon is inserted back to the scabbard correctly, there must be no difficulty or obstruction. The weapon must go into the scabbard smoothly and lightly. Never push the weapon into the scabbard with force.
In order to avoid damage to the inside of the scabbard, it is recommended to place the thumb of the hand holding the scabbard on the mouth of the scabbard to guide the edge of the sword, and then push the sword into the scabbard straight from top to bottom.
After using the sword in rainy weather, the sword must be removed from the scabbard as soon as possible and both must be dried and let them dry in open air for some time.
Estonian ceremonial swords carrying and handling is regulated with the Drill and Ceremonies Manual of the Estonian Defence Forces