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Final update to the news section for a while.
The check out was turned off on Friday 31st May. The website is now closed and no further orders will be taken.
With the new laws in place deliveries to home addresses are now limited to a courier who agrees to age check on the door step. We have written confirmation from Parcelforce that they will do this, and if they fail to check that is their issue and not ours so potentially we could just carry on using courier delivery as our only post.
But, our stocks are now quite low so to continue we will have to throw a huge amount of money at restocking. 
Replacing stock levels would take quite a while (around 6 months to 1 year for delivery if we ordered today)While this is something we may do, we are having a break before committing to which path we should take next.
Couriers can pull service without notice and basically leave us with no delivery options overnight should they choose. Is this likely? Who knows, is the answer to that. If couriers make mistakes on delivery they can receive a fine of £5000 per failure. We have been running the addressee only Parcelforce delivery option for around 2 weeks. So far we have had 1 item just pushed through a customers letterbox (that we know of) so that could be a £5000 fine for Parcelforce. How many fines will it take before couriers just decide delivering bladed items is just not worth the hastle? It could happen while we have containers on the water worth several hundred thousand pounds. And by the time they dock in the UK we have no way to sell / post them.
Unfortunately that makes placing any large orders too much of a gamble at this time so we are going to wait and see how things pan out over the coming months before making any decisions.
If you are on our mailing list we will send out an email shot at some point this week stating mostly what is written above. You will have a chance to unsubscribe from the email list if you wish. Those who choose to stay on the list will receive future updates if we reopen or if we go down a slightly different path and open a website that does not solely rely on the mail order of bladed items (shooting/ hunting/ camping related etc) 
We thank all our customers for their support and business over the last 12 1/2 years. Its been a fun ride from selling 1-2 items a week in the beginning to ending up being the UK`s biggest knife and sword retailer.
Its a sad day but the decision has had to be made. 
All the best
Nick and Liz, Blades and Bows Ltd .

As of today postage to residential addresses has been restricted by a change to the Offensive Weapons Act 2019.
We can now only send bladed items using a courier service that will ensure that the person signing for the parcel is 18 years old or over.
Currently Royal Mail are not offering this service so all bladed items will be sent by Parcelforce.
Unfortunately this means that small penknives are now courier priced post but at least we can still post for now.

Please read this update BEFORE ORDERING !!!!
The check out has now been reopened for a limited time. This is the final stock push before we turn it off completely so make the most of it while you can.
Things you need to know before ordering.
We expect to be busy on the final clearance sale so we will not be answering the phone, it will be all hands on deck in the packing room.
If you want to place an order you must do it online. 
As we expect to be very busy there will be delays in dispatch time. You will get an 'order dispatched' email when your order has shipped.
Please do not bombard us with "when will my order arrive" emails as we will not reply to them.
In the January clearance sale 75% of emails we received were from 2% of customers whinging that their order had not been dispatched after 24 hours of ordering. Trying to reply to such a large number of unnecessary emails slows dispatch time for everyone. 
Key points :
If you have no patience please order elsewhere. 
If you need it for tomorrow please order elsewhere.

If all your friends say you whinge and whine too much .... Please order elsewhere :)
We will dispatch orders as quickly and efficiently as possible but dispatch time could be 1 day to 7 days depending on how fast orders are coming through.

The check out has now been turned off and no more orders can be placed. 
We are taking roughly a month off as we need a break from 7 days a week, 16 hours a day of wrapping.
If the postage law has not changed by March we will re open the checkout to clear the remainder of our stock.
If you are on our mailing list we will shoot off an email if / when we open for the final stage of the
End Of Days Sale. We have not got a set re opening date in mind at this time as we have a lot of warehouse organising and stock counting to do so keep an eye on your email for updates.
All the best and thank you for your business and support :)

End of Days Sale

As many of you may already know, the UK Government (in its infinite wisdom) announced at the back end of 2017 that they were going to introduce legislation banning the delivery of bladed items with blades measuring over 3" to home addresses. 
We all know this will have zero effect on knife crime but the legislation has been slowly going through the legal process during the last year. No date has been given or any ultimate decision made so as a knife importer and retailer we have been left floating in limbo. 
Because of this we stopped importing goods around a year ago and have been slowly running our stocks down. A huge amount of our customers have their items delivered to their home so if the law changes as planned it will over night destroy internet web shops like ours. 
We feel whatever decision is made will happen in the first half of this year so we are making a final push to clear our remaining stocks. 
does not mean we are definitely closing for ever but as we dare not place any large orders until we know what new hoops and loops we may have to jump through, we have to be financially sensible and prepare for the worst case scenario.
End of Days Sale will run until the end of January 2019. At this point we will close down and sit in limbo until the Government makes its decision, as with dwindling stock levels and costs like wages / warehouse rent etc it's the only thing that makes financial sense. 
As I have said, this is not necessarily the end of Blades and Bows. If there is a legal way that we can carry on posting we will begin reordering ASAP. 
For you as the customer nothing is likely to change except you will not be able to order bladed items to your home. Your swords and knives will still be legal to own so we suggest you fill your boots and grab a bargain while you still can.
We are working through price changes as quickly as possible. If the item says End Of Days at the top of the description grab it now before its gone. Any item without this means we have not got to that product yet and the price may be reduced in the next few minutes / hours or days.

Happy New Year from all at Blades and Bows.


Christmas and New Year Opening times and last recommended posting dates
Posting Dates.
The last recommended posting date for Royal Mail tracked24 and Parcelforce24 is 
Friday the 21st of December. 
Whilst we would advise not leaving it until the last minute we will do our best to make sure that all orders received before those dates are dispatched to give you the best possible chance of receiving the order in time. 
Customers can help us do this by making sure that they enter a full name at the checkout and the correct billing address for the payment card. This information all helps us to process the age checks as quickly and efficiently as possible which means that we can get the orders dispatched quickly.

Closing Times.
We will be closing at 12.00 noon on Friday the 21st of December 2018 for the Christmas break and 
we will reopen on 10am Friday the 4th of January 2019

Privacy Policy updated.
In line with the new General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force today we have updated our privacy policy. Please see here for the updated information.

July 21st Mail order knife ban.

As many people will be aware on June 17th the headlines were filled with news on a potential ban on knife sales delivered to home addresses.

Today we probably know nothing more than you do. Consultation is due some time in the autumn, no date has been given and no information as to whether any decision at the consultation will be implemented immediately or if they will give online and mail order sellers a cushion to try and implement a delivery system to work within any changes.
Will this only affect knives or will it include other items like machetes and swords? We truly do not know at the moment. 

As most of you know we take our age checking very seriously (as do many other big mail order companies). We use a paid for age check system as used for the online gambling industry on every new customer which works extremely well. We employ a member of staff whose sole job is to run age checks so its not a cheap thing to implement but is necessary to ensure only adults can buy of our website.
Every year we cancel hundreds of orders that do not satisfy our age checks and refund 10`s of thousands of pounds worth of money rather than take the risk of supplying someone we can not prove is 18 or over.
There are always going to be a number of bad sellers who have no passion for the items they sell and think age checking is an expensive hassle.
Laws already exist to tackle these people and rather than make up new laws to inconvenience genuine adult buyers and collectors and potentially end the businesses of everybody online maybe they should police existing ones (if there are any police left to do it!)
I have seen no mention of the fact that importing a knife from overseas, is in a lot of cases, done without any checking of the buyers age. There is no consequence for a foreign seller so if you pay they will post it.
British business will fall and overseas sellers will get more underage customers.

Will a ban on delivering knives to homes of pre age checked customers have any impact on knife crime? We feel that is very unlikely.
Criminals of any age will get what they want be it a knife, a gun, a bottle of acid or even a lump of 2x4 wood regardless of any new laws. They are criminals after all and do not obey laws.

Quoted from the bbc news crime statistics
"23% increase in firearms offencesOriginal article.
How can that be when we have some of the strictest gun laws in the world?

Rather than create new laws the government should be employing more police to uphold existing laws, If the police can not cope with the work load currently on their plate how are they going to enforce new ones?

Moving forward if this law change comes into effect, unless the government has some master plan they have not told us about to force somewhere like local post offices to accept your parcel and take on the responsibility of checking your id you will find the majority of mail order will be gone.
For us that will equate to loss of jobs. For you as a customer is will mean less choice and higher prices. 
At the moment the best thing we can suggest is if you have plans on buying any bladed implement from ourselves or any of the other responsible online sellers you do it before the autumn.

We also suggest sending a letter to your local MP, who knows, it might do some good? It certainly can't make it any worse.

Why no free postage?

Every few weeks we will get emails from customers asking why we do not offer free post .
The answer is quite simple, post is never free. We could offer free post but like other websites we would just add that into the item cost so an item that we sell for £10 plus £4.50 would be £14.50 with free post and cost you just the same.
The down sides of running the site with free post (that you are paying for in the item cost) is should you choose two items that now cost £14.50 each with free post we have actualy made an extra £4.50 out of you as you have been charged post twice . £4.50 ontop of each item . If we charged you £10 per item plus post you only pay one postage charge.
£14.50 + £14.50 + free post = £29.00
£10 + £10 + £4.50 post = £24.50
That is why unless Royal Mail start offering us free post, which is extremely unlikely, we will not be offering it to you.

We are pleased to announce we are now the UK distributor of Enlan knives. Enlan produce knives for many top US brand name knife companies ie gerber, sog , boker etc and offer a very high quality knife at a fraction of the branded price.
All feature 8Cr13MoV heat treated blades HRC 58-60.
We have 17 models currently being manufactured and expect the delivery to arrive in the UK late April / early May.