According to this article, swords are making a comeback. Ah yes, an elegant weapon of a more civilized age ... the days when you couldn't didn't cap someone from across the street, you did it up close and personal. Unless, of course, you had a longbow, but I haven't seen any stories about an uptick in longbow sales.
In a perfect world, I'd wear my academic regalia to class, with a sword concealed beneath. The first time a student turned in a paper with subject-verb disagreement, I'd go Belushi-samurai on his desk. Now THAT'S education!