posted on Dec, 16 2006 @ 04:41 AM
I know it would'nt make any difference in a survival situation, but until then i thought i'd post a quick reminder about the knife laws here in the
I'm mentioning this because i was gobsmacked at how unflexible the police will be if you are caught with a blade in public here. I found this out
whilst talking to the enquiries dept of the local constabulary recently.
I was curious as to whether it was ok for me and my little girls to use a larger knife for bushcraft skills in the forest, so i though i'd ask the
They said that you can only have a knife in public if it's for a VERY VERY good reason like a profession, or part of religous costume. Survival
skills and bushcraft is not classed as a decent excuse to carry one.
They said that if a patrol were to come across you, they may just advise you on carrying it so long as they were pretty sure you were just doing
something innocent with it. However, the police said that the difficulty comes when another member of the public misinterprets the situation.
Example, i'm in the forest teaching my kids how to pass a knife to each other safely. A passer by sees this as a man in the woods with a knife with
two kids. The police would have to investigate and WOULD arrest me in front of my kids, it would be for the courts to decide if i was innocent or
They said even if you are not doing anything dangerous with it, they probably would still do you for possession in public.
So i just thought i'd pass this on as a reminder to our UK members, the last thing i want is for anyone to get lifted whether on thier own or in
front of thier family. They'd probably label you as an enemy combatant too lol.
I just make sure i don't carry it on display, don't bugger about with it and don't make it obvious that you have a blade if anyone is close by.
That way there should'nt be any probs.
Sorry for the boring post......back to the party!