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    UK legal/EDC knives

    What reasonably priced (circa £50) UK legal knives is everyone liking at the moment?

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    Hard to beat a SAK
    I carry a Waiter or Officer dependant on bag
    Does the job and I would not be bothered if I loose them.

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    A little more than your request, but I really rate Spyderco - and Iíve EDCíd the UKPK for about 10 years. Very well made, holds an edge well and easy enough to sharpen. One handed opening and closing too.

    https://www.heinnie.com/spyderco-ukp...eaf-flat-grind

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    https://www.sabatier-shop.com/compact-rose-wood.html


    CHAMBRIARD - THIERS
    Pocket Knife - Le Thiers by Chambriard

    Again a little more but these are truly lovely little knives - I have had two and lost them both!

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    It depends what you mean by UK legal.

    Legal to own, then Mora Knives offer excellent quality for the value and a wide range in that price range.

    However they are generally not legal to carry without a reason due to the fixed blade length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caruso View Post
    It depends what you mean by UK legal.

    Legal to own, then Mora Knives offer excellent quality for the value and a wide range in that price range.

    However they are generally not legal to carry without a reason due to the fixed blade length.
    Legal to carry, please.

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    Nowhere near as elegant as the french knives - but within budget and Sheffield steel if that still means anything !

    And less annoying to lose

    https://www.sheffield-made.com/acata...nt.html#SID=19

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caruso View Post
    However they are generally not legal to carry without a reason due to the fixed blade.
    FTFY: the length plays no part, if itís a fixed blade or a locking knife you need good reason.
    Don't take my silence for agreement. I've just realised you're too stupid to argue with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    FTFY: the length plays no part, if itís a fixed blade or a locking knife you need good reason.
    There is a 3 inch blade length limit in the legislation, but you are right in that it doesn't depend on if it's a fixed or folding blade. https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

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    Kizer zipslip is next on my list for an EDC. It has an awful lockup in slip joint terms, but that doesn't really mean anything when you're talking slip joints because you just use on the basis that there is no blade lock, and it comes in a damned good steel for the price

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caruso View Post
    There is a 3 inch blade length limit in the legislation, but you are right in that it doesn't depend on if it's a fixed or folding blade. https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives
    Blade length is completely. Irrelevant. It is about cutting edge

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    +1 on Spyderco.

    Their design allowing one-handed opening is fab

    Mine is an older model with fancy steel, but iirc they do a UK-spec EDC around your target figure.

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    I've been carrying a Victorinox Alox Bantam for a couple of years.

    Small, light, well made, UK legal. Plus, whilst I'm not really a fan of SAKs, the multi-tool is useful.

    Well under your budget too.

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    I find the UKPK a little too large, prefer the Urban or the squeak. Do like the one handed opening feature. The Manly wasp is an excellent modern slipjoint and bit of a bargain in G10 and S90v. However I tend to prefer a SAK for just edc. How big a blade do you actually need? I find a cadet or even the manager big enough for most chores.

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    +1 for the Spyderco Urban. Great little knives.

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    Spyderco Pingo, with a thumb stud for one hand opening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caruso View Post
    There is a 3 inch blade length limit in the legislation, but you are right in that it doesn't depend on if it's a fixed or folding blade. https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives
    You are mixing up several things
    1) locking blade or fixed blade: length is completely irrelevant, you need good reason.
    2) non locking blade: cutting edge must be no longer than 3 inches. Although if the blade is longer you may have to argue your point with the desk sergeant.
    Don't take my silence for agreement. I've just realised you're too stupid to argue with.

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    I have a Baladeo Papagayo with olive wood handles. Very pleased with it.

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    I have this 84mm Wenger Official World Scout Knife which sits on my desk at home (I wasn't in either the Cubs or Scouts).

    Unusually the spear point blade does have a lock. I guess it is from an era when laws were different.

    The lock appears to operate but it is puny, so the blade can be folded quite easily.

    Does anybody have something similar from Wenger or Victorinox? If yes, does the lock work tightly or are all puny?


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    How does the lock work - what do you have to disengage/press to make the blade close?

    I can find very little information about those at all.

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    I've got the same SAK but in the 91mm version, huntsman variant, but no lock device, mine is from I guess prior to the current regulations as is around 20years old


    guess you get away with the (puny) lock due to the shorter blade length or just scouts are more trustworthy :)


    never found a need for anything more, although could probably get away with less if I needed to

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughtrimble View Post
    How does the lock work - what do you have to disengage/press to make the blade close?

    I can find very little information about those at all.
    Do you see that button like protrusion on the left in the photograph, under the can opener about level with the Swiss cross? It has lock engraved on it. I think what is meant to happen is that when the blade is folded out it locks and pressing the button pushes the spring up to unlock the blade. However I can't see that the blade and spring are working any differently to a normal SAK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by de30m View Post
    I've got the same SAK but in the 91mm version, huntsman variant, but no lock device, mine is from I guess prior to the current regulations as is around 20years old


    guess you get away with the (puny) lock due to the shorter blade length or just scouts are more trustworthy :)


    never found a need for anything more, although could probably get away with less if I needed to
    I also have a Huntsman. I like having a wood saw. An occasional and perhaps a bit embarrassing pastime is whittling small spoons and the saw is handy for getting a small piece of green wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyCasper View Post
    Do you see that button like protrusion on the left in the photograph, under the can opener about level with the Swiss cross? It has lock engraved on it. I think what is meant to happen is that when the blade is folded out it locks and pressing the button pushes the spring up to unlock the blade. However I can't see that the blade and spring are working any differently to a normal SAK.
    Oh yes! What a strange place for it, given you'll grip it when cutting?

    Is it definitely not to be used as a secondary lock of some sort e.g. engage it and sliding it or suchlike to provide an extra lock on top of the slip joint? Very strange...

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    Quote Originally Posted by de30m View Post
    I've got the same SAK but in the 91mm version, huntsman variant, but no lock device, mine is from I guess prior to the current regulations as is around 20years old


    guess you get away with the (puny) lock due to the shorter blade length or just scouts are more trustworthy :)


    never found a need for anything more, although could probably get away with less if I needed to
    A locking knife is a locking knife. Blade length is irrelevant. So good reason would be needed to carry it. Daft laws!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpydieNut View Post
    A little more than your request, but I really rate Spyderco - and Iíve EDCíd the UKPK for about 10 years. Very well made, holds an edge well and easy enough to sharpen. One handed opening and closing too.

    https://www.heinnie.com/spyderco-ukp...eaf-flat-grind
    The above! The best Iíve found if youíre going to put it to any work, as itís quite safe with a nice deep finger choil, and good jimping on the back of the blade.

    I also have a few Le Thiers and other slick little things, but theyíre only good for light work.

    Depends what you do with it really.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyCasper View Post
    I also have a Huntsman. I like having a wood saw. An occasional and perhaps a bit embarrassing pastime is whittling small spoons and the saw is handy for getting a small piece of green wood.
    The saw is really good Iíve found the couple of times I used it on the Huntsman scarily sharp too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    You are mixing up several things
    1) locking blade or fixed blade: length is completely irrelevant, you need good reason.
    2) non locking blade: cutting edge must be no longer than 3 inches. Although if the blade is longer you may have to argue your point with the desk sergeant.
    + Pointed Bladed article can be any length.

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    My new EDC. Not the strongest backspring in the world, but the finger choil makes it the safest slip joint I've owned. One handed opening, deep carry clip, n690 steel. Makes quick work of woodies. Fairly heavy, but absolutely fantastic. Punches way above its price point.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hafle View Post
    My new EDC. Not the strongest backspring in the world, but the finger choil makes it the safest slip joint I've owned. One handed opening, deep carry clip, n690 steel. Makes quick work of woodies. Fairly heavy, but absolutely fantastic. Punches way above its price point.

    What is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man of Kent View Post
    What is it?
    Whoops. Forgot that detail :) kizer zipslip. I ready had a viper Dan at near twice the price, and even then was very impressed with the steel. So at 60 quid I figured I couldn't go wrong.

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