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Sword Ban Information

Buying an iaito? register here!

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;

GREAT NEWS! As of 4th August 2008, the government 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% 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.

However, it does seem a little silly that you can buy a fully functional sharp sword for £130 (Practical Elite Katana), but have to prove your eligibility to buy a £249 blunt iaito! (Tsuru Iaito)

Buying a fully functional katana? Click here!

Buying an iaito? register here!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Click here for the Government's Draft Order

Amendment to the Draft Order removing "Japan" from paragraph 3