Are frame lock knives legal in the UK?
Lock-knives are not illegal in the UK. They are legal to own and use. However, if you have a lock knife in a public place, you need to have good reason for possessing it at that time.
When did it become illegal to carry a knife in the UK?
Criminal Justice Act 1988. The Criminal Justice Act 1988 mainly relates to carrying knives in public places, Section 139 being the most important: (1) Subject to subsections (4) and (5) below, any person who has an article to which this section applies with them in a public place shall be guilty of an offence.
Are one handed opening knives legal in the UK?
Although UK law doesn’t allow a whole host of different folding knife types there are still a number of options to consider: With these knives when the blade is closed the tail sticks out, allowing for the knife to be opened single handed.
What knives are banned in the UK?
Banned Knives in the UK
- Butterfly knives/Balisongs. These knives have a hidden blade inside a handle which splits in the middle.
- Disguised Knives.
- Push daggers.
- Flick knives/Switchblades/Automatic knives.
- Gravity knives.
- Zombie knives.
- Stealth knives.
Can you legally carry a Swiss Army knife UK?
Knives. It’s illegal to: carry a knife in public without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, e.g. a Swiss Army knife (a “lock knife” does not come into the category of “folding pocket knife” because it is not immediately foldable at all times)
Is it illegal to carry a Stanley knife in the UK?
Stanley knives and other knives used for lawful purposes are illegal unless carried for a good reason.
Can I legally carry a Leatherman in the UK?
These are great tools to have around the house or garden shed, but many of tools available from Leatherman have locking blades making them illegal to carry in public in the UK. Exceptions include the smaller bladed Micra, Style, Squirt and Juice ranges, plus the EDC Rebar, which doesn’t possess a locking knife blade.
Is it illegal to carry a Swiss Army knife in UK?
Is it illegal to have a locking knife in the UK?
You can summarise this by saying: With locking knives, do not carry them in public without a very good reason, and even if you have a very good reason using it in a particular way will result in you breaking the law. A UK Friendly knife must be a folding knife that is both non-locking and has a cutting edge of less the 7.62cm (3 inches).
Is it illegal to carry a fixed blade knife?
The actual law was that it was illegal to carry a FIXED bladed knife. CBA to look up the actual case but a barrister succesfully argued that a locking blade is the same as a fixed blade. I am not sure wether the wording of the law was changed or if it’s just that a precedent was set by this case.
How old do you have to be to carry a knife in the UK?
It is against the law to: Sell a knife to anyone younger than 18 years old. An exception applies if it has a folding blade up to 3 inches long (7.62 cm). Buy, sell, or carry any type of banned knife or weapon. Carry a knife in a public area without a valid reason.
Is it illegal to carry a folding pocket knife?
No matter how short the blade is, the law does not define any type of lock knives as a folding pocket knife. Thus, it is illegal to carry a lock knife without a valid excuse for doing so. Lock knives were not made to be a weapon per se.