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Three times in the chronicles of Narnia, Lewis describes a character cleaning or drying his sword. In none of them is it necessary to the rest of the plot.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe:

Peter, still out of breath, turned and saw Aslan close at hand.

"You have forgotten to clean your sword," said Aslan.

It was true. Peter blushed when he looked at the bright blade and saw it all smeared with the Wolf's hair and blood. He stooped down and wiped it quite clean on the grass, and then wiped it quite dry on his coat.

"Hand it to me and kneel, Son of Adam," said Aslan. And when Peter had done so he struck him with the flat of the blade and said, "Rise up, Sir Peter Wolf's-Bane. And, whatever happens, never forget to wipe your sword."

The Last Battle:

The King was still so angry that he hardly noticed the cold of the water. But of course he dried his sword very carefully on the shoulder of his cloak, which was the only dry part of him, as soon as they came to shore.

Also The Last Battle:

Then he inspected Eustace's sword and found that Eustace had put it back in the sheath all messy from killing the Calormene. He was scolded for that and made to clean and polish it.

(All the quotations are from copies I found on the Web and may be somewhat inaccurate.)

Why did Lewis include these? Why the obsession with this topic? To the extent, even, that Aslan — the Jesus-like character — attaches such importance to it in the first thing he says after one of the battles. Yes, of course, characters should clean and dry their swords, but I don't recall other books stressing it so, nor do the Narnia books stress other things that are part of every battle or everyday life (for example, I don't recall that any character ever had to use the restroom).

(Of course, many aspects of the Narnia stories are an analogy to concepts in Christianity; perhaps this is one such? Does Christianity attach some especial value to clean, dry swords, or to something analogous?)

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    sometimes a clean and dried sword is just a clean and dried sword – NKCampbell May 7 at 15:30
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    Because if you don't clean and dry your sword, it'll go rusty in the scabbard and then it's just a filthy blunt stick – Valorum May 7 at 16:01
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    Keeping your sword(s) clean is important. darksword-armory.com/a-guideline-for-proper-sword-maintenance – Organic Marble May 7 at 16:27
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    I always saw this as a life pro tip, just like the horse riding advice: hold on with your knees. – Laurel May 7 at 16:27
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    I think Aslan's emphasis is best understood in light of the fact that he immediately knighted Peter, something one simply doesn't do when Rhindon is covered in wolf innards. The other quotes seem like pretty reasonable references to a fairly important task. – Nolimon May 7 at 17:15
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I doubt there's any particular significance to three mentions of cleaning swords across several hundred pages. There's a number of other passages that talk about how to care for weapons and armor, such as when the Pevensies recover their gifts in Prince Caspian:

"Won't the string be perished, Su?" said Peter. But whether by some magic in the air of the treasure chamber or not, the bow was still in working order... In a moment she had bent the bow and then she gave one little pluck to the string...Then she unstrung the bow again and slung the quiver at her side.

Next, Peter took down his gift-the shield with the great red lion on it, and the royal sword. He blew, and rapped them on the floor, to get off the dust.

Or several other parts of The Last Battle:

The bow strings were there in their coverings of oiled silk, the swords and spears greased against rust, and the armor was kept bright in its wrappings.

grease out of the jar of grease which was kept for rubbing on swords and spear-heads

If you must weep, sweetheart" (this was to Jill), turn your face aside and see you wet not your bow-string.

This sort of practical advice isn't limited to the care of arms, either. Consider to Bree's assorted advice on how to ride horses, asides noting that dresses are not good attire for fleeing from giants, calling out the best bedding material, or the description of how Edmund releases Trumpkin:

and Edmund was busily engaged in cutting the bonds with the pocket-knife. (Peter's sword would have been sharper, but a sword is very inconvenient for this sort of work because you can't hold it anywhere lower than the hilt.)

Considering how much Lewis elaborates on how and why things are done, the quotes are probably no more than advice on preventing swords in the state that Peter fears after knocking the dust off his:

He was afraid at first that it might be rusty and stick to the sheath.

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