Welcome To BearArm Ltd
BearArm Ltd first appeared back in 2003 as Medieval Weaponry (or to be more precise Peter Schofield trading As Medieval Weaponry). Since then we have grown into one of the largest replica weaponry companies in the UK;
We're Number 1 for Hanwei, by Paul Chen in the UK!
We're also the sole UK distributor for Cold Steel!
In January 2007 we decided to go Limited, and thus took the opportunity to change our name to BearArm Ltd. The first online store we produced was Medieval Weaponry, then we developed Historical Firearms, Oriental Weaponry and finally Coldsteel-uk.com.
October 2007 Replica Firearm ban
In October of 2007, the government introduced a replica firearm ban. If you are interested in these products then we recommend you read this page.
April 2008 Sword Ban - DISASTER!
In April 2008 the government introduced a sword ban. Initially the ban covered all swords with a curved blade of 50cm or over. There were some exceptions though, we could;
- Still sell to martial artists
- Still sell swords made in Japan before 1953
- Still sell swords made in Japan at any other time, as long as they were made in a traditional manner.
GREAT NEWS! In August 2008 the government then changed the third exception and removed the "Japan" part. So we can now sell Hanwei Swords freely as these are made in China, but in the traditional manner (all hand-forged, some of which are folded). With the exception of iaito. These are made from stainless steel and are therefore not traditional. So you will still need to register your details with us if you want to buy iaito.
In our opinion this is the right way to go. The "problem" swords were the 3 for £30 ornamental swords that you would see on the market. We're confident that 99.9% of our customers are either martial artists who use our swords for their sport. Or collectors with a genuine interest in the art of sword making.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you in the future.