Originally Posted by Tangfastic
If you are in the UK, it will depend on the circumstances.
If you were surprised in your home, the sword cane was close to hand and you can make a reasonable case that you felt in physical danger, you are fine to use up to lethal force. If you overpowered them, restrained them and chopped the fingers off to teach them a lesson, you'll be in trouble.
Hope you used a delicate machine wash cycle on the tux, they can shrink on some settings.
I don't think I'd be normally so nit picky, but I'd clicked on this thread thing it would somehow involve sword canes, with paring (pun intended) like who makes the best (Burger Canes in South Africa) or various laws or are they effective or simply an anachronism. Now being cut to the quick I feel justified in being nit picky. You sir are 100% [SIZE]wrong[/SIZE]. If wrongness was a horse race your statement would be Secretariat's 31 length win in the Belmont. If wrongness were a prize fighter your statement would be Muhammad Ali fighting Sonny Liston . If wrongness were a car, your argument would be a Ferrari 250 GTO. vs the1978 AMC Pacer.. In the history of Western Civilization, your statement may only be eclipsed in wrongness to the burning of the Library of Alexandria. Note that I'm only giving you that one out of niceness.
May I quote you the UK Law in part
The weapons to which the 1988 Act offence applies are set out in the schedule to the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Order 1988 (SI 1988 No. 2019). The weapons listed include knuckledusters, swordsticks, some telescopic truncheons, butterfly knives and a whole range of martial arts weapons. The complete list is as follows:
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(a) a knuckleduster that is, a band of metal or other hard material worn on one or more fingers, and designed to cause injury, and any weapon incorporating a knuckleduster;
(b) a swordstick, that is, a hollow walking-stick or cane containing a blade which may be used as a sword;
In short mere possession is a felony. The use of a weapon is very problematic. You might be able to justify to the court using a 2X4, but the sword cane implies some preparation for offensive use. You would be in more trouble than the criminal.
So while I can't absolve you of your wrongness, may I suggest that you don't reproduce. Be of good cheer, in a few years, your post will be just a distant memory, much like the New Coke.
Sorry, just busting your chops. Too much time on my hands. Don't take above seriously.