A 44-year-old man has admitted being in possession of a 27 inch long sword at an Exeter Hospital.
David Elliott told police he found the sword and said it was not his when he was seen at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in January.
But he is said to have told terrified members of the public "it's mine".
Judge Erik Salomonsen told Exeter Crown Court:"He said he found a 27 inch sword in the city of Exeter - I have never found one, I have never seen
Elliott's lawyer Nick Bradley said:"I have never found one."
Mr Bradley told the judge that Elliott was going to see his girlfriend and then dispose of the sword.
Elliott, of Geneva Close, Exeter, admitted possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and he will be sentenced late next month.