UK Knife Law updated March 2017 | Legal knife Carry UK

What Is The UK Knife Law
update March 2017

Owning and carrying a knife in Britain has always been an area that preppers need be fully aware of but, do you know what the UK Knife Law actually is?

​If you were to go out carrying a knife, would you know if your breaking the law or not?

Could you be stopped by the police, and what are your legal rights?

British knife laws are among the very strictest in the world

and quite rightly so –

We all want to be able to move around without the fear of some lunatic wandering around with knives hidden on them.

Statistics have shown that a zero tolerance to anyone carrying weapons saves lives.

I, for one, am quite happy to be stopped and searched for a weapon at any time.

I own knives that I use for various jobs as well as specific hunting and bushcraft knives, along with many other UK Preppers.
But, it’s up to you to comply with the UK Knife Laws and just be sensible.

  • As a side note here:  This article applies to the millions of normal, law abiding UK citizens.  Unfortunately, there are still quite a few criminal types, or down right idiots who seem to think the law does not effect them, leading them to think they can act above the law, and carny anything they want, any weapon, any size, anywhere. This, my friends is the kind of logic we have to content with..

Personally, I always carry a folding pocket knife with me.  It's part of my job during the week and I tend keep it with me at weekends too.
Quite simply:  I carry a folding pocket knife with me because the law says I can, and that is the only answer I have ever given when asked why I have a knife on me.

We all know just about anything can be classed as an offensive, dangerous weapon if used in that manner.  But I tend to think of my pocket knife as more of a tool:  Used for all sorts of jobs at home and at work.

But you must be aware of the current UK knife laws regarding type and size of knife etc. It is laid out in exact wording, in plain English for us to follow: Click The Red Button To See The 2017 UK Knife Law.

UK Knife Laws Were Updated March 2017
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Now you know the UK knife laws, the question is what knives are available to legally carry in public?
Here's a few that are perfectly legal to buy, own and carry here in the UK:  UK Legal Knives

pocket folding lock knife on belt clip

If you are concerned about the rights and wrongs of carrying a UK legal knife, then the simple answer is 'don't carry one'.
If you genuinely feel the need, and have a use for a pocket knife in your daily life, then carrying one is second nature to you, and should not cause any problems, however, there may be a time when you are 'legally' stopped and searched by a police officer.
This should not be a problem, unless you dopey enough to make it a problem for yourself.!

What weapons are legal to buy and own in the UK?

​There are quite a variety of weapons that anyone can buy and own.
Most preppers will have several decent hunting and bushcraft knives, as well as an axe or machete.
But most preppers will be only using them to hone their prepping skills, having selected their survival knives specifically for that purpose. 

Steve Hart UK Prepper

To be honest, most of this is common sense,  You simply do not go around flashing a knife about willy-nilly.

In fact the only knife you can carry is a folding, non-locking, pocket knife.  Even that has restrictions on it.

The problem is:
Most law abiding citizens abide by the law, and if you do need to have a knife with you, it conforms to what the laws say you can legally carry. But a criminal wont abide by any law....

Happy Preppin​g Folks, Steve

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    • Sandy on April 6, 2019 at 6:31 pm
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    There is NO LAW concerning carrying anything you want. STATUTORY ACTS OF PARLIAMENT are acts. Statutory acts of Parliament require your consent. If you in your capacity are acting as a man! and not a citizen sheep, you make your own decisions as to what you wish to carry or not.
    As this ‘ Yes sir’ author says, criminals arnt stupid enough to obey these SHEEP rules. Act appropriately.

    • alan wershat on April 2, 2019 at 9:09 am
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    Would changing the law on pepper spray in
    with knifes out SAVE LIVES / ??

    Alan Wershat

    • dave on January 25, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    can I carry in my walled a craft type single edged razor blade witth a stiff back on one side – like you buy in art shops etc? its not pointed about an inch blade length, 1/2 wide, rectangular, no point?

    • Xanthe on November 11, 2018 at 6:18 pm
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    Would you be allowed to carry a knife for the purpose of just whittling for fun because before this law was passed, I used to use my friend’s knife to whittle decorations? The knife is probably more than 3 inches but can fold.

    • Dundee on July 28, 2018 at 9:43 pm
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    UK Prepper’s Guide? What are you prepping for, Draconian nanny state? Lmfaoo. THAT’S NOT A KNIFE!

    • Graham Day on July 18, 2018 at 2:45 pm
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    The problem is that the police regularly arrest people who are out in the woods camping if they have a knife for the purposes of camping. So, not people who are likely to assault someone with the knife

      • Mercury Fred on December 26, 2018 at 9:42 pm
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      They would be arrested for breaking by-laws not because they have a knife.

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