Nihangsingh wrote:Yep, unfortunately it seems to be the case. let us hope that I get it by some way.
It appears you have not been able to understand the present legal position related to import of edged arms. Let me make it simple below:
1. Import policy is free for edged arms. Means you do not need "import license" from Directorate General of Foreign Trade(DGFT) sitting in New Delhi.
2. The above import policy(free) is subject to requirement of arms license due to Notification(if any) issued under Section 4 of Arms Act 1959 by State Government. If no notification under Section 4, one can forget this. If one is following the Sikh faith, he can forget about arms license for swords regardless of Notification under Section 4, since the Constitution of the Indian State has acknowledged them to be unique and sui generis
sovereign people and implicitly acknowledging RKBA.
Therefore you do not need "some way" to import when you can import it legally.
Just curious, unless you are some sort of collector, why are you interested in the hassle and cost of importing something as simple as a sword? Are no good swords available in Punjab? Or can't good swords be made to order in Punjab? I am sure good quality steel and workmanship is indeed available locally. Recently was touring or traveling around, was at Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab, saw two Nihangs practicing mock sword fight with swords at a road side. Did not have the time to stop and ask the details. Their swords appeared to be made pretty well with good quality material and finish.
Thanks for showing the way and briefing me about the legal angle. I think now I have to import it legally
as far as my knowledge of good sword smiths in Punjab, I could not call it a success. Not that they make such a bad blade, infact they all would '[i]fulfil their purpose
[/i]' if needed; however, only spring steel is being used in Punjab. I wanted a stronger steel type for my sword blade.
You can say that it is just a fancy that I want a blade as close to if not exactly, like the famous 'wootz' blade. We have one swordmaker in Amritsar who claims to make his swords of such hard iron that it will cut through any other metal. However, I have not met him personally to witness such an act. Further, his swords are very expensive. That is why I wanted to opt for Import.
Had there been good swordmakers in Punjab, Good sword lovers would`nt have to look for old swords of British era, which presently is the case in Punjab.