UK Knife Laws That To Be Aware Off

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UK Knife law is considered as a part of Statutory law or case law which is enforced by the government.

You will be imprisoned if you’re convicted of carrying the knife more then once. And the maximum Punishment would be 4 years in prison and an unlimited fine.

1. It is considered illegal to sell a knife to a person who is below 18 years unless it is 3 inches long or 7.63 cm

2. It is illegal to carry a knife in public without a good reason unless it is fold-able and 3 inches long or less.

3. Selling, Buying or Carry any banned knives is illegal.

4. It is considered to be illegal to use any legal knives in a threatening way.

Lock knives are illegal to carry around as it is not considered as folding knives.

History of UK Knife law [infographic]

Are Balisong knives or butterfly knives legal in the UK?

Butterfly knives or the balisong knives are considered to be illegal to carry around under section 141 of the criminal justice act of 1988.

It is one of the specified weapons under section 141.

Any weapons that are considered of causing harm or injury to the person is considered to be illegal to carry around in a public under section 1 of the prevention of crime act 1953.

what are the Good reasons for carrying a knife

We would not be able to say the good reason to carry a knife around in public, it would be decided by the court if your convicted carrying it illegally.

Few reasons would be like:

  1. Carry a knife for your daily work
  2. Taking an antique knife for the museum or the gallery
  3. Or carrying it for any shooting or a television show
  4. It can also be for a teaching purpose, like how to use it.

And it always depends on the situation you have been convicted for.

what are the Balisong knife UK laws?

Balisong knife or Butterfly knives are legal to have, However Carrying it in public is illegal in the UK under Prevention of Crime Act of 1953.

According to the Criminal Justice Act of 1988 selling, lending, importing, hiring or giving is illegal it is imposed by the Weapons act of 1996.

Exceptions are allowed on the antiques knifes over 100 years.

UK Knife laws: England and Wales

  • Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959
  • Criminal Justice Act 1988
  • Offensive Weapons Act of 1996
  • Knives Act of 1997
  • Prevention of Crime Act 1953

Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 :

This section reads: Any person who manufactures, sells or hires or offers for sale or hire, or lends or gives to any other person any knife which has a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in or attached to the handle of the knife, sometimes known as a ‘flick knife’ or ‘flick gun’ … shall be guilty of an offense”.

Criminal Justice Act 1988 :

This section reads: Any relating to trials on indictment, orders restricting the access of the public to the whole or any part of a trial on indictment or to any proceedings ancillary to such a trial and orders restricting the publication of any report of the whole or any part of a trial on indictment or any such ancillary proceedings, the alteration of names of petty sessions areas, officers of inner London magistrates’ courts and the costs and expenses of prosecution witnesses and certain other persons;

Offensive Weapons Act 1996 :

This section draws together statute law relating to the possession and carrying of knives and similar weapons in public and restricts the sale of knives and similar implements to minors (i.e. those under 16 years of age).

Knives Act 1997:

The Knives Act 1997 prohibits the sale of combat knives and restricts the marketing of knives as offensive weapons

Prevention of Crime Act 1953 :

The Prevention of Crime Act 1953 (C.14) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that restricts the carrying of offensive weapons in public. The Act was passed in response to the large rise in violent crime in the United Kingdom, with 800 cases of armed robbery, assault with intent to rob or robbery with violence and 4,445 cases of malicious wounding in 1951.

Are the Balisong knives available for sale in the UK?

Balisong knives are available through e-commerce stores like Amazon etc.

We have written an in-depth article about the world Top 10 Balisong websites Check it out.

Having the balisong knife is not considered to be illegal, but caring for the knife in the public without a legal reason is considered to be illegal.

Knives that are illegal to carry around

butterfly knives or balisong knives – These are the knives considered to hide the blades inside the handle which could cause the harm.

flick knives or switchblades or automatic knives – Knives that open up once the button or the switch is pressed.

disguised knives – Point and sharp edges that are hidden inside the daily use materials like, Phones, buckles, brushes, etc.

gravity knives – Blades that open up with the force of gravity of the spinning motion.

stealth knives – Sharp or spike which is not made from metal.

zombie knives – cutting edge or a serrated edge used for violence.

swords or samurai swords – blade which is curved over 50 cm.

sword-sticks – a blade present inside the holo stick or a cane.

push daggers – Its a T handled knives.

blowpipes (‘blow gun’) – A kind of a weapon consisting of long narrow tube used for shooting light.

telescopic truncheons – stretches the blade by pressing the button or the spring.

batons – straight, side-handled or friction-lock truncheons.

hollow kubotans – Keychain holder with the cylinder shaped.

shurikens – also known as ‘shaken’, ‘death stars’ or ‘throwing stars’.

kusari-gama – sharped blades or the sickle attached to the ropes.

kyoketsu-shoge – hook knife attached to the wire or the rope.

kusari or manrikigusari – Heavyweight attached to the wire or the rope.

hand or foot-claws.


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