UK law restricts the possession of knives in a public place. Carrying a fixed blade knife or lock knife in public in the UK requires a good reason. Lock knives are treated the same way as fixed blade knives in the eyes of the law in the UK. A suitable reason to have a knife in public would be where the knife is needed as a tool of the trade. For example, an electrician actively working on a job would probably not be breaking the law by using a lock knife. Similarly a chef on his way to work in a kitchen would legally be able to carry a set of kitchen knives. Because of the legal restriction on carrying lock knives in the UK, they are not suitable for 'Every day carry' and no lock knives are included in this list.
As a general guide, the only knife allowed to be carried in public in the UK, without any reason is a non locking blade pen knife with a blade of less than 3 inches. The full interpretation of UK law is highly complicated, and other restrictions may apply depending on individual circumstances. As there are severe penalties in place for breaking the law on knives, all readers are encouraged to fully familiarise themselves with the law and not to rely wholly on this general information article. Further information can be found online on the UK Government Website
There are many non locking knives on the market, with blades just short of three inches, which afford maximum blade real estate for UK legal carry. The notch joint blade closing design is a safety feature which makes the blade harder to close. The Enzo PK70 knife, Puma IP knives and Spyderco UK Penknife are some of the knives to include this and also have a halfway blade closing stop position.
A Selection of UK legal Carry Knives
|1 - Enzo PK70 Knife Carbon Fibre Handle Scandi Grind Blade 2901 - Probably the only uk legal carry folding knife with S30V steel, Scandi-grind blade. The 2.5 mm thick blade has a flat grind bevel approx one third of the width , without a secondary bevel at the cutting edge. The plane of the primary bevel continues to create the cutting edge. The notch joint design requires considerable force to close the blade, with a halfway closing stop position.|
|2 - Taylors Eye Witness Clip Blade Knife Sheffield Pocket Knife- Flat grind, 2 mm thick, Sheffield steel blade, stainless handle liners and bolsters, synthetic handle scales. Excellent quality for the modest price with a lifetime guarantee.|
|3 - A Wright Barlow Knife Rosewood 60W - Made in Sheffield, the A. Wright Barlow folding pocket knife has a 2.8 inch, C70 carbon steel blade, with nickel silver bolsters and rosewood handle scales. Note: Carbon steel knives need to be cleaned and oiled after use to prevent corrosion. Surface corrosion can be removed with fine emery cloth.|
|4 - Taylors Eye Witness Barlow Knife Hardwood Handle- 2.75 inch, clip-point, stainless, Sheffield steel blade, stainless handle with hardwood handle scales. Updated Barlow design, every day hard working knife.|
|5 - Taylors Eye Witness Lambfoot Pocket Knife Hardwood Handle - 2.75 inch long, 2 mm thick stainless lamb-foot blade, natural hardwood handle scales. made in Sheffield, England, lifetime guarantee.|
|6 - Loewen Messer Carbon Steel Pocket Knife 1040- Loewen Messer brand knives are manufactured in Solingen, Germany by C. Lutters & Cie. The spear point, flat grind, carbon steel blade measures 6.6 cm. A top quality folding knife with steel handle liners and Bubinga wood handle scales.|
|7 - Loewen Messer Carbon Steel Pocket Knife 1047- The larger version of the Loewen Messer pocket knife, has a 7.6 cm spear point, flat grind, carbon steel blade. The top quality folding knife has steel handle liners and Bubinga wood handle scales. Loewen Messer brand knives are manufactured in Solingen, Germany by C. Lutters & Cie.|
|8 - Otter Knives Germany Carbon Steel Sodbuster Knife- The Otter-Messer Sodbuster Junior knife has a C75 carbon steel blade, which can be a sharpened to an extremely fine, long lasting cutting edge. Top quality and excellent value for the price with bubinga wood handle scales and steel handle liners.|
|9 - Spyderco UK Penknife Black FRN Handle C94PBK- Made in USA, the 2014 version of the Spyderco UK Penknife lightweight includes the newly designed, stronger, 2 prong back spring. The 7.4 cm long, 2.5 mm thick, leaf shape, flat grind, CTS-BD1 steel blade has one hand opening thumb hole and half way safety stop.|
|10 - Byrd Tern Folding Pocket Knife BY23GP - Designed by Spyderco, the 2014 version of the Byrd Tern BY23GP folding knife includes the new, stronger back spring and is now manufactured by a different company. The 2.8 inch long, 2.5 mm thick, CR13 steel blade has a one handed, thumb opening hole with half way closing safety stop. The handle is lightweight G10, with side changeable wire pocket clip.|