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Import Swords/Katana

  • 27-05-2022 9:09am
    Registered Users Posts: 2

    Hi all, I am thinking to buy a Swords/Katana from a website at Belgium, Otakuninjahero website.

    I am fans of Dragon Slayer and would like to own one of the character's swords. These swords are blunt and for collection or decoration only. Just want to see if anyone has experience imported swords to Ireland recently?


    City Hunter


  • Registered Users Posts: 2 City Hunter

    Is it legal to import the collection swords to Ireland? The Revenue website mentioned we can owned swords/katana made before 1954 or any swords that are handmade.

  • Administrators, Entertainment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 18,689 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭hullaballoo

    Good chance it will be seized by R&C but you could make a case for why it's not an offensive weapon. Difficult case to make even with a blunted sword.

    If it was me I would keep my money rather than testing my lawyer skills after it gets seized tbh.

  • Registered Users Posts: 30 CosyChair

    Its easy enough to get it edged up so its like selling a gun without bullits.

  • Registered Users Posts: 636 ✭✭✭Endaaaagh

    I bought a replica sword in Germany about 3 years ago and got it shipped to Ireland in the post with no issues. Took about 2 weeks to arrive. Honestly, I wasn't expecting it to get through, but was pleasantly surprised when it arrived. A mate of mine also bought 2 replica Witcher swords off some guy in France through Etsy, and they also arrived through an Post with no issues.

    The whole legal side of it is very vague. It's illegal to import a real sword, but the whole replica side of things is a huge grey area. Honestly, depends on who's sitting at the customs desk your package land on and how they interpret the rules. I had an argument with a Fedex driver a few years ago when I purchased and Airsoft pistol from Japan. I knew the driver very well so when he delivered the package, he told me I was lucky it got through and FedEx were well within their rights to refuse it. Even though I argued the law was very clear for Airsoft guns (under a certain muzzle energy are officially classed as toys), he still was insistent it shouldn't have gotten through as it's a replica firearm.