The UK Law
You do not need a license to own any of the products we are actually selling on the website, they are also all legal to own in the U.K
By law you must now be 18 or over to purchase a samurai sword. We would also hope you will act responsibly with your new purchase and it is a condition of purchase that you will NEVER CARRY IT IN A PUBLIC PLACE. By purchasing from this site you are commiting yourself to our terms and conditions.
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Samurai and other curved Swords - On April 6th 2008 a law came into effect banning samurai and other curved swords with a blade length of 50cm or more, there are some exceptions for registered martial artists, re-enactors and even certain genuine Japanese swords.
An amendment to this act was passed, which came into effect on the 1st of August 2008, which allows curved and samurai swords which are handmade using traditional forging/production methods to be sold without a license which you will see on the site and can buy and own without a license.
Katanamart Sword Carbon Steel
Carbon Steel - this is simply the strongest stuff you can get and it don't come cheap. It's very important if you buy a carbon steel blade that you keep it protected from ther air (oil will provide a barrier) as it will oxidise rust if left in contact with oxygen. All carbon steel blades arrive to you oiled, there are various different 'styles' of carbon steel.
Katanamart Sword Full Tang
A tang is the method used to attach the blade to the handle. There are various types of tang and the one for your particular sword will usually be determined by it's intended purpose.
A full tang is where the blade runs the full length of the sword and the handle is literally bolted onto the blade. These are incredibly strong and you will find almost all functional or 'Battle-Ready' pieces will have a full or traditional tang (full tang is a term that would not be applied to all sword types).