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12 Best UK-Legal Pocket Knives

There’s nothing like living in the great United States of America, but sometimes you simply have to get out to see the world. Unfortunately, not all of your knives can make the trip with you.

If you’re traveling to the United Kingdom (or live there), your knives will be heavily regulated and subject to confiscation if they don’t meet stringent requirements (and sometimes if they do).

Despite bin campaigns, increasing regulations on knife purchases, and a general demonization of all bladed tools, knife and gun crime saw a significant spike last year. That means knives will be under even more scrutiny.

You can still carry knives in the United Kingdom under very specific circumstances.

UK Knife Laws

Before we get into the actual knives you can carry, here are the basic knife laws in the UK.

“It is illegal to carry a knife in public without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62cm) or less.” It seems like it is therefore legal to carry a larger knife or even a fixed blade as long as it’s for “good reason” but I wouldn’t push my luck.

All locking knives are banned, including those in multitools (RIP Victorinox SwissChamp). There’s also a host of banned knives and weapons in the books, such as butterfly knives, flick knives, gravity knives, disguised knives, zombie knives (even those that fall under the regular regulations!), and more.

With that in mind, here are 12 UK-legal knives.*

*It’s very possible these knives will still be taken away so exercise caution no matter what.

1. Spyderco UK Penknife

Let’s start with the quintessential UK knife: the Spyderco UK Penknife. This knife typically tops all of these UK-legal lists because Spyderco designed this knife specifically with those laws in mind. The UK Penknife uses quality materials with a 2.93-inch CTS BD1 steel blade and an FRN handle. It weighs only 1.7 ounces and represents the best a typical US-made Spyderco has to offer.

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Spyderco Says Knife Disassembly Does Not Void Warranty

Over the years, Spyderco has made it crystal clear that if you disassemble your knife, it will void the warranty.

At one point in 2010, Spyderco marketer Kristi Hunter said it in plain terms on the Spyderco forums:

Disassembling a Spyderco voids the warranty. Period. There was a question about this being a “myth”. It is not a myth. It does not matter if you don’t break anything when you do it. If we can tell that a knife has been disassembled (whether it’s a FrankenSpyder or not) the warranty is technically void.

But earlier this month, Spyderco announced that disassembling your knife does not automatically void the warranty.

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Victorinox Spartan – Badass Knife of the Week

Dozens of the classic and iconic Swiss Army Knife exist, but the one that keeps coming out as a perennial favorite also happens to be the direct descendant of an icon.

When most people think of a Swiss Army Knife, they think of the original Victorinox Officer’s Knife. Its spirit and design continues to live on in the Victorinox Spartan.

Although boasting a design that’s more than 100 years old, the Spartan feels as fresh and modern as ever.

Here is a quick overview:

This version of the beloved model features the recognizable red Cellidor scales with the Victorinox shield highlighted in white for the world to see. It’s also available in a sleek and sexy black.

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Knife Rights Launches Annual Fundraising Giveaway for 2017

Knife Right’s massive fundraising event called the Ultimate Steel Spectacular is back and — well — it’s spectacular.

Every year Knife Rights launches its Ultimate Steel campaign to raise money because fighting for your right to carry knives doesn’t come cheap.

This year, the knife-advocacy organization has more than $200,000 worth of prizes to give away to those who donate to the cause.

Here’s how it works: You pick one of 10 donation amounts and receive entries based on the amount. For $20, you get one entry. For $60, you get four entries as well as a free bonus entry. As you get to higher amounts, you also get some nice add-ons. For example, at the $300 mark, you get 37 entries (including 22 free entries) and a free Colonial Nemesis, which is valued at $200. Those are available in limited quantities.

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Benchmade 300-1 – Badass Knife of the Week

When Benchmade dives into a new area of the knife world, it does so with a bang, as our latest Badass Knife of the Week demonstrates.

With the Benchmade 300, the brand finally dipped its foot into the existing and hugely popular flipper competition. As with anything Benchmade does, the iconic butterfly brand went all out to ensure it’s the best of the best.

Here’s a nice overview:

The 300-1 is a reissue of the well-received original Butch Ball design with a few modifications that make it even better. The major change is seen in its handsome new handle scales. Unlike the 300SN, which featured sand-colored scales and different texture, the 300-1 boasts black-and-blue scales with a ribbed texture.

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10 Best Case Stockman Patterns

Along with the trapper pocket knife pattern, the stockman is one of the best and most iconic American slipjoint patterns ever created.

The history of the stockman is nearly impossible to track, but Gary Zinn of speculates it was made first developed around 1900. The stockman design typically consists of three blades: clip, sheepsfoot, and spey (or pen).

Featuring three pretty different blade types, the stockman is almost universally praised for its versatility. You can use the spey blade to spay or neuter animals (as its name applies) or the sheepsfoot blade for those tasks when a point isn’t necessary.

While the traditional uses of the stockman are no longer warranted (very few stockman owners are going to castrate young animals with the spey blade), its usefulness remains even in modern times.

When it comes to stockman patterns, it’s hard to beat a traditional Case knife. Case has released a ton of variations of the knife, including different sizes, handle materials, and iterations, over the years. If you’re new to the stockman game, these 10 stockman patterns from Case are among the best around.

1. Case Medium Stockman, Amber Bone

The Amber Bone collection is not only one of Case’s largest knife line but it’s also one of the most handsome, in my opinion. The Amber Bone has a fantastic hue that’s earthy and comforting, like sitting on an old porch at dusk. The bone is peach seed jigged, which offers a reliable grip.

2. Case Medium Stockman, Black G-10

Next is a sleek, modern take on the classic design. Case proves it’s not stuck in the past by embracing the indestructible black G-10 material.

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Watch Miller Knives Create a Folding Bullet Knife

Miller Knives is at it again.

The Miller Knives YouTube channel is well-known for making an array of knives, including transforming old pieces of junk like hammers into functioning tools like a throwing ax. In fact, Miller Knives was featured in a recent post looking at 12 knives made from old pieces of junk.

In a video released about a month ago, Miller took a 100% inert (let’s stress that) .303 British caliber bullet and in under five minutes of video time, transforms the bullet into a functional knife.

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Condor TK Rodan – Badass Knife of the Week

Our latest Badass Knife of the Week continues to prove our theory that sometimes the best utility knife is the simplest knife.

The Condor Tool & Knife Rodan is built for one thing and one thing only — work.

Here is a good overview from IslandOutdoors1 on YouTube:

Absent of all gimmicks and unnecessary technology, the Rodan is simplicity at its best. The 5.25-inch blade is made from 1075 high carbon steel, a workmanlike alloy that’s tough as nails and easy to get razor sharp on the fly.

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Medford Launches Knife-Centric Comic Book Titled ‘Jack Knyff’

Are you looking for some way to get that youngster in your life into knives? We’ve got the thing for you.

Behold “The Adventures of Jack Knyff.”

Yes, Medford Knife and Tool has launched a brand new comic series following the tales of Jack Knyff.

The idea behind the new comic is pretty interesting. Greg Medford doesn’t just want to sell knives anymore (he still does, of course) but he wants to reach a broader audience, not just an insulated community of knife nuts.

“The whole goal is I feel like the knife industry is for naught if we can’t get kids into cutlery and into knives,” he said in a recent YouTube video. “The whole thing is about trying to get kids to engage a little and I’m hoping dads and knife customers will read it and maybe give one to a kid in their life to read.”

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10 Best Carbon Fiber EDC Knives

There are a few characteristics nearly everyone looks for in an everyday carry: strength, durability, and a light weight. Few other handle materials boast those qualities like carbon fiber.

Over the years, carbon fiber has grown in popularity due to its versatility. It is a synthetic material that will not break under pressure or crack through use. According to Knife Art, it is stiffer than steel and five times stronger.

But the best part may be its weight. CF helps cut down the overall heft of a knife, giving your EDC a light feel. Oh, and it looks great!

Enough gushing over carbon fiber. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best carbon fiber EDC knives.

1. Spyderco Bradley Folder 2

Spyderco has really cornered the market on carbon fiber folders, which is why you’ll see a few on this list. First up is the Bradley Folder 2. The knife is an update on the hugely popular original design by none other than Gayle Bradley. The first generation was beloved for its slim profile, light weight, and ergonomics… and all of those aspects are improved in the new version.

Its 3.66-inch blade is CPM M4 steel, and the carbon fiber handles help reduce the weight on this larger EDC to 4.5 ounces.

2. Boker Plus Anti-Grav

The Boker Plus Anti-Grav goes all in on lightweight materials, including carbon fiber handle scales and a 3.25-inch ceramic blade. The all black blade and CF handle makes the whole knife look sexy.

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