An angry customer was disarmed by New Year’s Eve party goers after he tried to get into a pub with a foot-long metal truncheon.
Leonard Hankey was thrown out of the Cavalier Inn in Torrington but returned carrying the lethal-looking weapon a short time later.
The father-of two was spotted as he approached the pub and the landlord and two customers went out to prevent him entering, Exeter Crown Court was told.
One tried to pull the weapon away from him but could not do so because he had it attached to his wrist by a leather strap and a tug of war ensued.
The dead lock was only broken when customer Nick Agar joined in the struggle and persuaded Hankey to hand over the iron bar without further violence.
Police arrived at the scene shortly afterwards and seized the bar from pub and arrested Hankey, who was also found with a craft knife in his jacket pocket.
Hankey, of Well Street, Torrington, admitted having an offensive weapon in a public place and possession of a bladed article.
He claimed he had the metal bar because he had seen a 14-year-old relative with it and had taken it off him.
He denied having any aggressive intent and says he was confronted by the pub goers before he had a chance to take the metal bar home.
Recorder Mr Peter Fraser ruled against him after hearing evidence from the three men at the pub, Hankey, and the 14-year-old.
He said it did not matter how Hankey came to be holding the bar, the important point was that he was being aggressive with it and had put his hand into the wrist strap.
The recorder said: "He had the strap around his wrist and intended going back in the pub. He probably had it with him to threaten people rather than use it. He had it with aggressive intent.”
He added that there is no dispute over Hankey’s account that he did not know the knife was in his pocket.
During a short fact-finding hearing Cavalier Inn landlord Justin Matthews said he ejected Hankey earlier in the evening but his wife stayed in the pub.
At around 3.30am Hankey was seen approaching the bar and he went out with customers Steven Easterbrook and Nick Agar who tried to stop him.
He said he saw Hankey with a bar at his side, attached to his hand with a strap, and saw Mr Easterbrook try to wrestle it off him. In the meantime his wife Sandy called the police.
Mr Agar said he saw Mr Easterbrook trying to disarm Hankey and intervened. He said: "He was telling Steve he was not going to have the bar. He did not want to give it up.
“I decided I was either going to talk him down to take it and I explained he was not going to come into the pub with it. I did not want him coming in the pub while my family were in there.
“He said he’d give it to me so long as he could get it back the next day and handed it over.”
Hankey said he was on his way to the pub to fetch his wife when he met the 14-year-old carrying the bar and took it off him. He was about to go home but at that moment the men came out of the pub and the confrontation started.
He said: "My home was only 30 seconds away. I was about to walk home. I did not use it aggressively and I held it in the middle, I did not have the strap around my wrist.
“The other two were both drunk and trying to grab the bar. I said I was going to take it home.”
Hankey said he found the metal bar, which was covered in black masking tape and fitted with the wrist strap, in his shed when he moved into his home five years earlier.
Sentence was adjourned for pre-sentence reports.