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Knife Law

KNIFE LAW

 

Please note that this page is supplied for your information only. We are offering factual information & advice. Please follow the links or seek official legal advice in you remain in any doubt about any points

 

Swiss Knife and Tool promote responsible Knife use

 

We do NOT sell knives to anyone under 18.

 

Due to legal reasons, we can no longer accept orders for knives by cheque

 

If the knife is to be purchased as a gift for someone, please consider the responsibility of that person. Minors should NOT be given these knives as gifts

 

What Does UK Law Say?

 

The Criminal Justice Act gives you the right to carry a knife with a blade length of 3.0" or less as long as it is capable of folding. That means no fixed blade knives

 

But common sense must be used, for example a knife has no place at a rugby or football match, at a concert, in a pub, school or college and does become an offensive weapon in these circumstances in just the same way as a screwdriver, or any other in-animate tool

 

The following items are banned from sale within the UK (although if you already own one you may keep it, but not use it outside of your own property)

 

  • Switchblades, automatics or flick-knives
  • gravity knives
  • balisongs or butterfly knives
  • push daggers
  • belt buckle knives
  • sword canes
  • knuckle-duster knives

 

The Knives Act (1997)

The most recent law to affect knives in Great Britain effectively banned the sale of any knife suitable for combat. Although in theory this could mean literally ANY knife, the spirit of the law is there to protect us all. Its left grey enough to exercise a little self control for those clearly seeking a collectable path, yet shuts down any avenue for violent use

 

The majority of violent incidences involving knives feature domestic cutlery, kitchen knives, or craft knives commonly known as the " Stanley" knife

Click here to view the act

 

The Dangerous Weapons Act (1959)

Prevents the use and sale of switchblades and automatic knives within Great Britain due to the violent and prevalent use by so-called Teddy Boys in the 1950ís

 

The Criminal Justice Act (1988)

The Act outlaws the sale of certain knife categories. Amongst those included are belt buckle knives, push daggers, and other so called martial arts weapons.

Click here to view the act

 

The Offensive Weapons Act (1996)

The Act restricts the sales of certain types of knife to persons under the age of 16

Click here to view the act

 

Common Sense Tips

Do not use sharp tools when tired, distracted or intoxicated

Always keep your fingers and body parts behind the blade(s)

To protect your fingers when opening multiple blades use pliers and/or a cloth

Take care when closing blades, and make sure your fingers of other body parts are not in the path

 

 

PLEASE USE YOUR KNIFE SAFELY & RESPONSIBLY



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