Buying and carrying knives in the UK - the law
The laws about buying and carrying a knife depend on the type of knife, your age and your circumstances.
It is illegal to carry a knife in public without good reason - unless it's a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, for example a Swiss Army knife.
Lock knives (knives with blades that can be locked when unfolded) are not classed as folding knives, and are illegal to carry in public without good reason. The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and a fine of £5,000. A court will decide if you've got a good reason to carry a knife if you're charged with carrying it illegally.
It is illegal for anyone under 18 years of age to carry a knife in a public place. It is illegal for anyone under 18 years of age to buy a knife.
Any article that has a blade is considered a knife, regardless of whether the blade is part of a tool or multitool.
You can view the UK Knife Law on the GOV.UK website here
What sort of pocket-knife can I can carry (EDC)?
To remain within the law, a knife that has a non-locking blade that is 3" in length or less is fine to carry responsibly as long as you are 18 or older. We have put together a section of knives 'UK Legal Carry Knives' from which you can choose a knife that falls into this category.
Is it illegal to own a knife with a locking blade or a fixed-blade knife?
No, it is not illegal to purchase or own a fixed blade knife or one with a locking blade as long as you are 18 or older. Most people use these knives at home, in the garden or on private land for Bushcraft or other hobbies which is within the law. However these knives are not legal to carry in public places without good reason.
Before purchasing or carrying a knife it is your responsibility to be aware of the law. More information on Knives and the Law in the UK can be found on the GOV.UK website link below