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Post by Loz » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:46 am

Just spoke with the home office and they seem to think that the use of air hammers would be ok as the swords are being made by hand using traditonal forging methods. This opens up the chen range again for public sale to collectors with no licence requirement.

I have no doubt that you are all as ecstatic as myself, the past few months have been nothing short of a black hole.

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Post by kiri » Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:23 am

That is absolutely fantastic news! I cant believe that the "Government" has made any concession towards the Martial Arts / Collecting Community whatsoever! It is truly amazing.
Presumably the requirements for being a martial artist or insured re-enactor still stand.

What other brands will be back on the menu? I would like to see the BUK ones back in stock amongst others!

Lets hope it lasts!

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Post by the blade master » Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:51 pm

good news indeed laurence all we need is
to see them back on sale on blades
:mmmmmm: :mmmmmm: :GGe cheers mick :mmmmmm: :mmmmmm:
looks like the beers are on laurence

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Post by Loz » Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:57 pm

you can bet the BUK katanas will be back and we'll be increasing that range to fill the gap created by the lack of the cheaper forged katanas.

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Post by badgerpowell » Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:12 pm

Loz wrote:Just spoke with the home office and they seem to think that the use of air hammers would be ok as the swords are being made by hand using traditonal forging methods. This opens up the chen range again for public sale to collectors with no licence requirement.

I have no doubt that you are all as ecstatic as myself, the past few months have been nothing short of a black hole.
Before I logged on to this forum I received an email from the government petition site dated today that basicly tells me nothing has changed, i'm some what puzzeled by this!!

Also Blacksmithing and fabricating are my trade although I hav'nt worked is this field for some time forsaking the anvil for a nice comfy desk job, but I must say any blacksmith or indeed bladesmith will tell you using an air hammer or even a manualy operated (foot) bump hammer is by no means considered to be anything other than forgeing by hand. The air hammer simply replaces the guy with the hammer who is normally known as a striker (smiths would work in a team, the striker typically being an experienced apprentice). The smith still has to use his skills to work the iron/steel in exactly the same way. An air hammer is simply a tool for hammering hot metal and needs no less skill to use than any other tool in a forge.

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Post by Loz » Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:41 am

No surprise there, from my lengthy experience dealing with various goverment departments, I can confirm there's a distinct lack of communication between them, rule of thumb is speak to the home office on anything to do with offensive weapons and smile politely at anything else you hear/read.

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Post by Big Lazy » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:35 pm

Bring on the Chen's woohoo.

Now I'm sorry to lower the tone of the mood but I have one concern, and that is the availability of cheap -£100 'hand made' swords? Surely once the government see's the country getting filled with such weapons again will they not move to make another amendment? Worse still will they not use this as an excuse for a complete blanket ban on all swords and also knives? I'm sure all those that thought hard for the sword ban will be up in arms about this and will demand action.

Still its good news for all us responsible collectors :D

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Post by cybernex » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:50 am

Larnz wrote:Bring on the Chen's woohoo.

Now I'm sorry to lower the tone of the mood but I have one concern, and that is the availability of cheap -£100 'hand made' swords? Surely once the government see's the country getting filled with such weapons again will they not move to make another amendment? Worse still will they not use this as an excuse for a complete blanket ban on all swords and also knives? I'm sure all those that thought hard for the sword ban will be up in arms about this and will demand action.

Still its good news for all us responsible collectors :D
Strongly Seconded, The only way round this is if the Government finally see common sense and only ban certain brands like Musashi, Mashiro & Koto and only allow the the more realistic/decent brands.

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Post by Loz » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:54 pm

the government was always after the cheap 3 piece samurai sets in every gift shop for £30, the £100+ pieces are more specialist so I don't think will gain half as much attention as you think, someone who dosn;t know a thing about samurai swords would think £100 is alot of money for such an item and it would only be bought by a collector/martial artist.

Though i agree i doubt the government knew that removing the word japan would open the floodgates to the degree it can. I see two ways foward, either to add the word folded which would certainly reduce the cheaper swords, or to set a minimum sale price for a samurai sword though I'm not sure how legal that would be.

the media have moved on now to knife crime (not gang or alcohol crime which would be a far more accurate description), I don't think they'll bother with harmless swords for a while now.

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Post by Big Lazy » Sun Jul 20, 2008 12:40 am

Loz wrote:the media have moved on now to knife crime (not gang or alcohol crime which would be a far more accurate description), I don't think they'll bother with harmless swords for a while now.
Amen to that my man, and I'm sure the public are more interested in the media reporting news that's directly affecting them too, such as inflation, energy bills etc.

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Post by cybernex » Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:06 am

Cool, at least it'll keep the Media pack wolves off our backs for a few months to a year.

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Post by Loz » Sat Jul 26, 2008 7:47 pm

Our new samurai sword shipment has now arrived, there are some real beauties here including the old Purple Ito Katana , now with an entirely handmade blade. These will be up on the site shortly and available for sale after 1st August, I oly have lmited stocks as this was just a test shipment so reserve quickly

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