Can I carry a pocket knife in the UK?Watch
"Handy for what?"
What kind of question is that stupid
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The short answer is no. There used to be a law which allowed a blade of certain specifications to be carried on your person, such as if the blade was not locked "i.e. no straight handle, and if it's a flip blade it cannot lock in place/no buttons). However, the law has very recently changed which means NO TYPE OF KNIFE can be carried on your person. This includes tools such as Swiss Army Knives. If you have a knife for work such as a boxcutter and you are stopped by the police, be prepared to give a good reason for carrying it. They are really cracking down on this to prevent knife crime, and it can carry a custodial sentence. Unless you're using one for work everyday, having it because "it's handy" wont cut it with the police. Stop and search rules will be increasing soon too. It's just not worth it.
Basic laws on knives
It’s illegal to:
- sell a knife to anyone under 18, unless it has a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less
- carry a knife in public without good reason, unless it has a folding blade with a cutting edge 3 inches long or less
- carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife
- use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife)
So provided it has a folding blade, under 3 inches (7.62cm) long and you aren't using it in a threatening way, having a penknife in your pocket is OK.