Man’s six-inch Master Sword lands him in jail for carrying blade in public

Dylan Horetski
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A UK man has been sentenced to four months in prison for carrying a six-inch replica of Link’s Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda.

On July 2, 2024, Warwickshire Police shared on its website that 48-Year-Old Anthony Bray was arrested on June 8 after CCTV operators warned authorities about the knife.

Bray approached the officers with the item in his hand and was arrested for carrying the blade. The man said it was a “fidget toy” but it was still considered a weapon by the police.

It wasn’t just any regular knife, however, as it was a sheathed replica of the Master Sword used by Link in The Legend of Zelda series.

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“Despite admitting that it could be perceived as threatening if someone else saw it, Bray insisted during his interview that he would not have used it as a weapon,” the report states.

The man was sentenced to four months in prison on June 28, and has to pay a “victims’ surcharge” of 154 pounds or about $196 USD.

Sgt Spellman of the Warwickshire Patrol Investigations Unit issued a statement alongside the news.

“We take a zero tolerance to bladed articles in public, and Bray has fallen afoul of this,” he said.

“It is possible to find fidget toys that aren’t six-inch blades. It is possible not to walk down the street holding them out in front of you. With a bit more self-awareness, Bray could have avoided contact with us completely.”

This isn’t the first time police were involved in an incident involving a video game prop, either. Back in March 2024, the New York Police Department posted on X that they arrested a man with a gun… only to be dragged by users identifying it as a Final Fantasy sword prop.