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Fixed blades in vehicles?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by dstark, Jan 28, 2008.

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  1. dstark

    dstark Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    This has probably been brought up before but I cant seem to make the search function work.

    Is it legal to carry a fixed blade knife in your vehicle in CA? I've carried my kabar in my truck for years. I have never been pulled over so it's never been an issue. I am under the impression that as long as it's not concealed it's legal. I have searched the DOJ website with no luck, and yahooed the question and all I get is a bunch of "yes it is legal" and "no it's not legal".
  2. Lone Star

    Lone Star Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    SW USA
    A USMC Ka-Bar probably qualifies as a two-edged knife or Bowie knife under most statutes. Custom maker Bob Loveless has warned that his similar knife is illegal in many locales. I think it's a felony to have one on you in California.

    The issue of concealed or not is a moot point, except that if a cop SEES it, you WILL probably be charged.

    From what I've read in knife mags, California knife law is hard to define, and is designed to let a cop charge you if he wants to. That's bad, but I'm almost sure that a large sheath knfe will get you in trouble, unless you're hunting or camping, and even then, you're probably taking a chance.

    Lone Star
  3. stahlgrau

    stahlgrau Member

    Dec 13, 2006
    This is a good read

    California Knife Laws: A Comprehensive Guide
    By Jim March 5/16/02
    http://www.equalccw.com/knifelaw.html “Nowhere in any of this is there a length limit, or a ban on double-edge." I like kabars as well:)
  4. ArfinGreebly

    ArfinGreebly Moderator Emeritus

    Oct 10, 2006
    North Idaho
    For What It's Worth

    I carry a number of cutting tools in my Jeep, including a modest camping knife and such.

    Among them are a Spec Plus "Survival" machete (square-nosed, short, more of a bolo really) and a hatchet.

    They are in the same pile as the camp/emergency shovel, a hammer, and various other tools.

    Where I live, you never know when you're going to have to hack through a hunk of something blocking the road, or deal with some other off-the-wall outdoor situation.

    Bowie knife? Nah. You ever try to fix a sandwich with one of those?

    I wouldn't go so far as to say that my Jeep tools are carefully selected, but I've got appropriate tools for all the things that might come up. Including a sandwich.
  5. eliphalet

    eliphalet Member

    Apr 16, 2007
    Carried a second hand store butcher knife in my old topless Land Cruiser everywhere I went when living in Ca. and a hand ax behind the seat. It was a kitchen tool not a weapon could always be said. My thinking was, it is about good as any in an emergency, and not much lost if stolen or confiscated.
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