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Old 25-09-2009, 10:07 PM
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Exclamation Loose pivots making knives 'illegal'

This thread is to explain how UK customs have seized presumably legal lock knives being imported by individuals from outside the UK.

Some buyers on other forums have had a letter sent informing them that their knife has been seized as it is a gravity knife. In the cases I am aware of the knife has been a seemingly legal lock knife, but with a loose pivot. Now the loose pivot is the important bit as a gravity knife is defined as;

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Originally Posted by Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959
any knife which has a blade which is released from the handle or sheath thereof by the force of gravity or the application of centrifugal force and which, when released, is locked in place by means of a button, spring, lever, or other device, sometimes known as a “gravity knife”.
It doesnt say anywhere how much force you are allowed to apply in order to make the blade fly out, so you can fling your arm as wildy as you want to get the blade out.

So, liner locks are quite easy to flick open, axis locks are ridiculously easy to flick open, especially if you pull back on the axis bar. Ive even managed to flick open a lock back knife, needs a slightly different technique but can be done


So, the main point of this thread, if you are going to import a knife from the states and it is a locker, ask the sender to tighten the pivot or you might get an unwelcome letter in the post

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Old 20-05-2014, 05:33 AM
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Interesting read, and it highlights just how antiquated the definition of a 'gravity knife' is, by todays standards of different types of locking folders as you mentioned. Will bear this in mind if purchasing from overseas, thanks for the post
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Old 20-05-2014, 05:59 AM
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I thought locking knives were also illegal to carry, as they are considered to be "fixed blades" when locked open..?
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I thought locking knives were also illegal to carry, as they are considered to be "fixed blades" when locked open..?
yes perfectly Legal to carry with a specific reason

Locking knives are illegal like your car is ie Only if you use it in an illegal way
ie drive over 70mph law broken

drive under limit Car fine

carry locker/fixed without specific reason law broken

have reason to carry blade Knife fine


need to get away from this illegal knives its PR propoganda and Wrong


and perfectly legal to buy and import
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yes perfectly Legal to carry with a specific reason

Locking knives are illegal like your car is ie Only if you use it in an illegal way
ie drive over 70mph law broken

drive under limit Car fine

carry locker/fixed without specific reason law broken

have reason to carry blade Knife fine


need to get away from this illegal knives its PR propoganda and Wrong


and perfectly legal to buy and import
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