Last month my friend Buddy completed his master’s degree in art history, presenting a thesis on sword making and the weapon’s eventual supplanting by firearms. As these things happen now, a morning radio announcer from Ireland found Buddy’s thesis online and asked him to comment on the recent banning of samurai swords by the UK. Buddy is requested to comment on whether a sword can mean more to its owner than weaponry, or something along those lines. Why would anyone want a sword, is, I suppose, the idea. I’m not sure Buddy owns a sword, but it’s an interesting question.
On the topic of banning swords in the UK (to be fair, they are banning only those swords inexpensive enough for everyone to own and use—collectors are exempt), I guess knives are next. Pointy things, bad for you.
Carrying a sword in public, evidently, is already illegal in the UK and punishable by four years in prison.
So what did they knight Elton John with?