These multi-tools are also most likely legal to wear, because if they have a cutting edge, it probably doesn`t exceed 3 inches. And if they have a blade, it`s not a locking blade because these multi-tools have no moving parts. I emailed leatherman UK yesterday asking for clarification on the description. Is a multi-tool considered a weapon? Is it legal to carry a multitool? No one innocently wants to wear our favorite multitool and be arrested! I am not a lawyer, but I have done a lot of research to get an answer to the question for my colleagues at MacGyvers. “Are multi-tools legal in the UK?” Plugging knives of any size is illegal. Locking blades seem to change the nature of the law. If the blade can be locked, it becomes more dangerous and “better” for an attack. Before I bombard myself with negative comments below, I do not tolerate the use of a knife for aggressive or threatening behavior. It`s this kind of behaviour – clearly not from multi-tool fans – that has put us in this position, and the UK government is trying to protect the public from it. It`s a bit of a grey area. If you can justify having it with you, which means you`re on a camping trip, then it`s legal.
The carrying of a knife in public must be related to the activity for which it is necessary; Leaving it in your car or going to a store with a knife in your pocket when you return from a place where you use it, etc. would usually be a good reason, even if you don`t have to use the knife immediately on the spot. It is illegal to carry a knife in public for no good reason – unless it is a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, for example some of the smaller Leatherman multi-tools. It`s nice to have a man in legal British leather, keep him in the car like I`m walking towards the Toolstation Used Wave until I realise it wasn`t legal. Absolutely awesome purchase. With brilliant service and delivery, as always outside. Heinnie Lock knives of any size are illegal. Locking blades seem to change the nature of the law. If the blade can be locked, it is more dangerous and “better” to use it in an attack. Before I bombard myself with negative comments below, I do not condone the use of a knife for aggressive or threatening behavior. It`s this kind of behaviour – clearly not from multi-tool fans – that has put us in this position, and the UK government is trying to protect the public from it. It is legal to wear a multitool in public if the multitool has a knife with a cutting edge of 3 inches (7.62 cm) or less AND it is a friction blade.
I was delighted to see the release of the obligation – especially as it says it`s legal in the UK. However, it may be best to buy a pocket knife if that worries you. It is acceptable to unfold your multitool with its legal knife and use it in public. What you don`t want to do – unless you want to be arrested – is wave it threateningly. If you try to scare or intimidate someone with it, whether the knife is legal or not, you can be arrested. Knives and tools are everyday objects that have many legitimate reasons for possession and use. Unfortunately, they are sometimes abused by a tiny fraction of the population, and that is why we have regulations to control the “inappropriate” wearing of blades in a public place. Below is a summary and simplification of the current law. This guide is not intended to replace qualified legal advice and should not be understood as such. The items that are often overlooked are the Leatherman multi-tools. These are great tools to have in the home or summer house, but many of the tools available at Leatherman have locking blades that make it illegal to wear them in public in the UK. I use it to cut cable ties, which I use for quick repairs, and considering the length of the blade and the law, it`s far from illegal.
I would also say that if you can prove on the spot what it is for, hunting, repairs or work, you will probably not go to court. 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 have a good reason to carry a knife if you are accused of carrying it illegally. The law specifically mentions multi-tools when it says “lock knives” are illegal to wear in public unless you have a “good reason” to wear one. Let`s break that down. It is illegal to carry a knife in public for no good reason – unless it is a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, for example some of the smaller Leatherman multi-tools. In early 2018, the UK government announced that it would try to pass a law banning the sending of knives purchased online to your home. If you have to go somewhere to get your knife, the legality can be checked and the age of the person receiving it can be verified.
It is anything but foolproof. It is also not certain that this ban on home delivery should also apply to multi-tools. It is legal to wear a multitool in public if the multitool has a knife with a cutting edge of 3 inches (7.62 cm) or less AND if it is a friction blade. I think if you are worried about laws, you should not leave the house, but try to stay there legally. I`m not a lawyer, so nothing I`ve said in this article is legal advice. Also, keep in mind that using a knife (legal or illegal) is also dangerously illegal.