From the 1st of January 2021, in light of Brexit, products will be sent from our European hub until our UK stockists are operational.
We have done our utmost to ensure that you do not incur unexpected charges or document requests to have our products delivered.
We want everything to be as simple as possible for you, our customer. So all the costs will be covered when you pay on our website and you will not have any unexpected extra costs when the product arrives at UK customs.
Working together with UPS and DHL we will manage the whole process so that all you have to do is wait for your product to arrive.
Sit back and relax, Budodesign has got you covered.
The UK Law | Updated Jan 2021
You do not need a license to own any of the products we are currently selling on the website as they are all legal to own in the U.K.
By law you must 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 unless you have been authorised to do so. By purchasing from this site you are commiting yourself to our terms and conditions.
YOU MUST COMPLETE YOUR PROFILE WITH YOUR BIRTH DATE OTHERWISE WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SHIP YOUR KATANA SWORDS, WAKIZASHI AND TANTO, BOTH BLUNT AND SHARP.
WE NEED TO TAKE COPIES OF RELEVANT DOCUMENTATION FROM OUR UK CUSTOMERS. SAMURAI SWORDS ONLY.
FOR FULL DETAILS OF THE DOCUMENTATION WE NEED, PLEASE DOWNLOAD OUR SWORD DETAILS FORM .HERE.
On April 6th 2008 a law came into effect banning samurai and other curved swords with a blade length of 50 cm 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. It allows curved and samurai swords which are handmade using traditional forging/production methods to be sold without a license.
Swords with a curved blade of 50cm or more may be imported where the weapon:
was made before 1954
was made by traditional hand sword making methods
is only available for the purposes of use in religious ceremonies or for martial arts
is for use in a historical re-enactments or sporting activity for example a martial arts demonstration for which public liability insurance is held
If you are importing a restricted offensive weapon you should have evidence to demonstrate why you require it.
Traditional Elements in Our Samurai Swords
We produce using the Marugitae 丸鍛えtechnique that has been highly admired and respected globally since it was developed.
This is simply the strongest material you can get fr samurai swords and it does not come cheap. If you buy a carbon steel blade i t is very important that you keep it protected from air (oil will provide a barrier) as it may rust if left in contact with oxygen. All carbon steel blades are delivered oiled.
This is about how the blade is attached to the handle. A full tang is where the blade runs the full length of the sword and the handle is literally bolted onto the blade. This makes the sword much stronger: almost all functional or 'Battle-Ready' pieces have a full or traditional tang (full tang is a term that would not be applied to all sword types).