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Old 04-07-2010, 09:31 PM
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Default Under 18's selling knives

Can any of you clear this up for me.

I know it's against the law to sell knives/blades etc to anyone under the age of 18 but, I can't find anything about under 18's selling them

Is it against the law to purchase a knife/ blade from someone not yet 18? The reason I ask is that we have a few younger and budding knifemakers on here
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Exact from link below, though now somewhat dated. Suggest Trading Standard may be able to advise.



If you employ under-18s in your
business, it is not illegal for them
to sell knives and certain articles
with a blade or point, provided of
course that the customer is not
under-age. However, they may find
it difficult to refuse to sell to their
own age group, so leaving them
unsupervised is not recommended.

Link below

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/underagesal...ersummer08.pdf
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Suggest Trading Standard may be able to advise.

Thanks.

I'm now waiting on an email from them
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So does that mean that an under 18 could make knives and sell them providing that they were employed by someone over 18?
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the crime is selling a blade to an under 18

there is no crime to buy under age ie i nthe above only the seller is going to get prosecuted

or age limit to sell at
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So does that mean that an under 18 could make knives and sell them providing that they were employed by someone over 18?
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the crime is selling a blade to an under 18

there is no crime to buy under age

That's the way we all see it but, on saying that. I'm waiting on an email from Trading Standards, I had to get back in touch with them again yesterday with a bit more info.
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I wont bore you with details of all the emails that have been exchanged but, here's the one that I was waiting for...

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Hi again Maxine,

That's correct - no restriction on the age of the seller. With regard to
'legal to sell' it's worth noting the exemption from the age restriction
for a folding pocket knife with a blade of less than 3 inches (7.62 cm)
and also the Knives Act 1997 restrictions on 'combat knives'.

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I wont bore you with details of all the emails that have been exchanged but, here's the one that I was waiting for...
So in plan English they can?
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I wont bore you with details of all the emails that have been exchanged but, here's the one that I was waiting for...
That reads:
  • As a seller no age restrictions.
  • As a buyer........under 18's can procure a folding knife with a blade 3" or less..

As for restrictions on combat knives it suggest but does not confirm that combat knives may be procurable by under 18's or may not....hard to tell as it is a double or triple negative in possibly the positive....(That made as much sense eh!)

Might be worth getting clarification on the last point.....

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