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UK KNIFE LAW


Purchasing knives or bladed items from EDCgear.

We do not sell knives to persons under 18 years of age, we will verify age prior to your order being despatched. If we are unable to verify your age using our system we will may request you send a photo/scan of a valid UK identification document such as a Driving Licence or Passport showing your date of birth.
Once your age has been verified we will keep a record and you will not be requried to provide ID on future orders for knives or bladed items.
Failure to provide the relevant ID will result in your order being cancelled and refunded.

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

Questions

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. Please note there are certain locations such as schools were no knife may be carried, please view information on the link below at the GOV.UK website for full details.

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...

https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives