IMPORTANT RETAIL NOTICE Please note you must be over 18 to purchase any knife or crossbow. We have a robust Age Restricted Goods sales policy to ensure that we are only supplying customers that are over 18 and we will make every attempt to confirm your age. When you place an online order with Valley Views Bushcraft and make payment with PayPal or a Credit Card your order will be processed with no further age confirmation required. As both these methods of payment require you, by law, to be over 18 to use them and are only available to over 18’s. If you are paying with Debit Card, proof of age is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The details shown below are for information purposes only, and you must always bear in mind the ever evolving laws which may, or may not affect specific areas of the country. Please use this information alongside your own judgement and common sense.
UK Knife Law
The UK Knife Law is quite clear, however in some areas it can be a little vague. The important term is that of ‘Reasonable Cause’. You must have a genuine and evident reason for carrying a knife.
- Folding Knives – UK knife law clearly states that any knife with a non-locking blade less than three inches in length is legal to carry in the UK. HOWEVER, should you take this into an environment where you have no justification to carry a knife, such as a petrol station, sporting event, school, supermarket, etc, then you should expect to be prosecuted.
- Fixed blade or Locking blade knives – of any length are not illegal to own or carry, IF you have ‘Reasonable Cause’ for doing so. For example, you’re a chef carrying a roll of knives to and from work. OR, you’re a fisherman needing a fillet knife, or maybe a woodworker/ carpenter/bushcraft instructor traveling to and from work. IF you’re unable to show ‘Reasonable Cause’ then you could be prosecuted.
The emphasis and responsibility is always down to the owner/person using/carrying the knife. It is your job to be able to provide sufficient evidence of ‘Reasonable Cause’. Ignorance or forgetfulness is not justifiable.
You must always be aware of your surroundings, even a ‘UK Legal Carry’ knife can be regarded as an issue in some surroundings. Likewise a ‘Non Legal‘ bushcraft knife can be regarded as acceptable if a legitimate use can be established.
When a knife is not being used, it must be stored correctly, safely and away from public view.
No part of this information should be relied upon in a court of law and we would always encourage you to seek independent legal advice on any legal matters.
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