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Basic laws on knives

It is illegal to:


Lock knives (knives with blades that can be locked when unfolded) are not 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.

Good reasons for carrying a knife

Examples of good reasons to carry a knife in public can include:


A court will decide if you’ve got a good reason to carry a knife if you’re charged with carrying it illegally.

Banned knives

There is a ban on the sale of some knives:

This is not a complete list of banned knives. Contact your local police to check if a knife is illegal.