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UK Sword Documentation Requirements

In 2008 the UK government passed an amendment to 'The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons)', to include swords with curved blades, over a length of 50cm.  This legislation criminalised the manufacture, sale, hire or loan of Japanese swords within the UK.

Along with that amendment was included an exemption for practitioners of permitted activities within bona fide clubs and organisations.  The government's definition of a legitimate group is one which has public liability insurance for their activity.

In order to comply with that legislation and to supply both parties with exemption from prosecution, Nine Circles collect data from all UK clients before the dispatch of any sword from our warehouse.

We require the following document copies:

Proof of identification - Any official document such as a passport or driving license.

Proof of address - Any utility bill, bank statement or official letter head confirming the customers registered address.

Proof of Dojo membership - Current membership book or personal insurance confirming membership of the relevant club or association.

Proof of public liability insurance - A copy of the Dojo or association public liability insurance provision (certificate or other official confirmation from insurer).

UK Customers Only - Please download and fill out the following form, returning it by scan, fax or post to:

fax:  01452 372200
post: Nine Circles Ltd, 5-6 Bamel Way, Gloucester Business Park, Gloucester, GL3 4BH.