This thing is ‘hitting the samurai sword collectors and practitioners for a long time now and it looks like the UK government is really going to execute that plan. Starting april 2008 there will be a ban on the import, sale and hire of samurai swords and once the law is in place, those who violate it could face six months in prison and a £5,000 fine.
We all know politicians are kind of weird with a strange look on things so they came up with a ban that will only affect single-edged, curved blades. So whenever you buy a straight bladed sword (a ninjato for example) or double-edged katana, there’s no problem at all ! It also looks like the ban is only for the cheap look-a-like samurai swords you can buy on ebay for €30. I’m wondering where the line will be drawn and what will be considered as a piece of junk and what not…
This ban is based on input from the police, wholesale/retailers victims’ groups and martial arts practitioners and from april 2008 on, the single edged curved samurai swords will be added to the list of offensive weapons.
Don’t worry if you’re an martial arts because these groups will be exempted from the ban. Just don’t ask me how they will figure that out