I believe in the UK there are knives only chefs can have, and they need just cause to own them. I believe there are rules on how they are transported also.
Anyone have any info on UK knife laws? I do remember hearing Hillary Clinton supported knife restrictions a few years ago.
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February 7, 2013, 12:21 AM
"We suggest that banning the sale of long pointed knives is a sensible and practical measure that would have this effect."
sensible and practical measure
February 7, 2013, 12:28 AM
Old article, dont think anything came of it.
February 7, 2013, 11:54 AM
Really old article (8 years!) that was nothing but typical FUD. People, please stop propagating it. Nothing ever came of it.
In the UK you can own most types of edged item. A famous author was just given a full sized, sharpened sword as a gift in a highly public manner and nobody cared. Now, carrying on the street is another matter. You can carry non-locking folders with blades under 3 inches long. Spyderco even makes one specifically to comply with UK law. Larger knives can be carried but only with specific lawful purpose. A sushi chef on their way to or from work would be an example.
The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and a fine of £5,000.
It is illegal to:
sell a knife of any kind (including cutlery and kitchen knives) to anyone under 18
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, eg a Swiss Army knife
carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife (the list of banned knives is below)
use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife, such as a Swiss Army knife)
Lock knives (knives with blades that can be locked when unfolded) are not folding knives, and are illegal to carry in public.
The Knives act of 1997 weirds me out the most.
It makes it a crime to suggest that a knife might be useful as a weapon.
Unlawful marketing of knives.(1)A person is guilty of an offence if he markets a knife in a way which—
(a)indicates, or suggests, that it is suitable for combat; or
(5)A person who is guilty of an offence under this section is liable—
(a)on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both;
(b)on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine, or to both.
February 7, 2013, 01:28 PM
A famous author was just given a full sized, sharpened sword as a gift in a highly public manner and nobody cared.