Best Legal Folding Pocket Knife for UK Survival

Best UK Legal Folding Pocket Knife
Reviews and Comparison Guide

First of all, a pocket knife, or folding knife is one of the very few knives you are legally allowed to carry out in public in the UK.
As we all know, our knife laws are very strict and if you are caught carrying an illegal knife you could be looking at some serious repercussions.

Furthermore, I would also like to add that the legalities of carrying a knife of any sort depends on the circumstances and the type of knife – a folding, NON-LOCKABLE, pocket knife is one of the few legal weapons you can carry around.

But you would be setting yourself up for big problems carrying one into a football match or to a concert, if you got stopped you could be in for problems,  no matter what you for an excuse.

I know the "law' says you can, but even that  wouldn't apply if you tried to take one in..

So, you see what I mean, it can also depend largely on the – ‘The Circumstances’

So knowing whats legal carry and whats not is very important.

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What Constitutes A Legal Knife? 

  • The knife must have a folding blade that is fully enclosed whe​n folded closed.
  • The blade length must be less than 3" long (76.2mm)
  • The knife must be non locking

Because the blade must not be fixed and can only be opened by actually folding the blade out – a flick knife style blade that springs the blade out is not considered to be folding..

So for that reason, ANY type of assisted opening blade, like a flick knife is illegal. 

  • For the purpose of this comparison guide I have concentrated on LEGAL pocket knives for the UK only.

What makes the Best Folding Pocket Knife for Survival here in the UK?

  • Blade is secure in position when closed
  • High quality blade material
  • Very light weight
  • One hand operation to open blade
  • Belt, pocket clip or own pouch
  • Below Is A Typical Example Of Superb Non Locking Knife

    This UK Legal Knife is the Promithi PC02 Folding Pocket Knife and as you can see here, it is a nice and compact, well designed steel pocket knife.

    • High grade Stainless steel,Blade length: 2.48" inch
    • Blade under 3 inches, legal in the UK. Recommended for home projects, fishing, survival and outdoor recreation
    • Unlockable folding blade, can be clipped onto a belt from its belt clip 
    • 6.28-inch full length and lightweight at 93grms.
    • Blade is made from 3Cr13 stainless steel and wood made handle

    Above all this type of quality folding pocket knife is perfectly UK legal – this one comes with a nice belt pouch as well.

    I especially like the wood handle scales, that's a nice touch – not bad for under £15 – a nice lightweight carbon steel knife and belt pouch… bargain.!

    See the latest price & availability the Promithi PC02 Folding Pocket Knife here. 

    But, What Is The Right Knife For You?

    Ask yourself this question 
    “what do I want to use my pocket knife for?”

    If it's sole purpose is for opening the odd parcel or difficult envelope then just about any will do – even a cheap one, Blunt or sharp, it won't make much difference!

    However, survival is a different thing altogether and if you will be using it for survival purposes then you you need to consider what these are.

    EDC, hunting, skinning, cooking and even self defence. These are all considerations when choosing a new folding pocket knife.

    Consequently a lot of people want their legal pocket knife to not only function properly, but to be a 'work of art' and will choose a handmade knife.

    These really are something a bit special, and a pocket knife to be proud of.
    Here's a few typical handmade Damascus knives below: 

    Price Considerations When Buying A Pocket Knife.

    It is generally considered a waste of money buying a knife simply because it's cheap. The thoughts are it is made from inferior materials and will easily fail, normally when you need it the most!

    But, fortunately folding pocket knives are relatively inexpensive, in fact a quality 'hand made' knife, using high end materials and steels will only set you back between £35 - £85.

    I consider this to be good value for money, especially considering the quality and uniqueness you are getting in your knife.

    When it comes to a more 'mass produced' knife, I have found the quality to be rather good.

    In theory it is always better to go with a the tried and tested manufacturer.
    But, when it comes to pocket knives, the build and material quality is normally a very high standard.

    If, for some reason, you over work your pocket knife, you stand a chance of the blade getting damaged or even snapping.

    Of course there's always going to be some inferior steel knocking around, but generally you will be fine as we are only talking pocket knives here, not rambo style hunting knives, where you hacking your way through the bush..!

    The up side of all this is, pocket knives represent very good value for money. Even a knife costing just £5:00 will still be very good..!

    Are You Looking For A Locking Knife?
    See my article explaining about the lock knife here, or:
    See Lock Knife Reviews Video and For Sale here

    Finally, remember, carrying a folding pocket knife,  with blade under 3" that is non locking, is perfectly within the law in the UK.

    Make sure you are aware of the updated UK knife laws: click button below to view:

    Happy Prepping Folks,

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      • Gary on May 17, 2020 at 8:04 pm
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      I know all too well about knife law due to carrying a locking knife, but luckily I was on my way to work, and being a Carpenter and wood carver I was considered to have reasonable cause to have it with me going to a place of work. I even bought the same knife again to show it is sold as a utility Tool not and not labled as a knife, also the packaging made no reference to it having a locking mechanism. The Judge directed the Jury the find me not guilty and said that they have to ask themselves what would be more acceptable, being in public with a Machete or a small knife.

      • Neville George on March 7, 2020 at 10:41 am
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      I have a problem with non locking knives from when I was badly injured when one folded on me so will not have one, they are dangerous to any user, however, I do carry and Opinel for work and the only one I would select for EDC. The rest are in my bug out bag and are either fixed blade or lock knives.

      • Paul on August 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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      Would you say a Survival Paracord Bracelet Flint Fire Starter Scraper Compass Wilderness Survival Whistle Adjustable would be seen as an offensive weapon. The reason I ask is a 62 year old gentleman in Scotland was arrested for wearing one on his wrist.


      Thanks he is in court next week.

      • Yorkie Longnecker on June 10, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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      You say these knives are all legal. I have carried a small red camping knife around with me for 45 years, its got several attachments because its a camping knife. The two blades are less than 3 inches. We went to MONSTER TRUCKS in the Midlands on Sunday, they were doing a pat down for all people entering the building, THEY SAID I COULDN’T TAKE THIS PENKNIFE IN WITH ME. I’m 74 years old and I was pissed. Our son had to take it back to the car. The knives that you show look dangerous and qiute franly I don’t believe you.

      YL West midland area.

        • Fred on August 18, 2019 at 10:30 am
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        Private events can set whatever rules they like. That is nothing to do with the law.

        • neil butcher on May 11, 2020 at 2:24 pm
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        What do you not believe? All the information provided can be confirmed on the .gov website. You do not have to believe anyone as you can check the law for yourself. no?

      • maggie on March 29, 2019 at 10:04 pm
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      Using the logic that created the knife laws, and applying it to drunk driving which kills more people than weapons ever will.
      All sober drivers should have their cars taken away to prevent car deaths.

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