Best UK Legal Folding Pocket Knife Guide

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UK Legal Folding Pocket knife

The UK laws allows anyone over 18 to carry a pocket knife – but the knife must be a folding, non locking pocket knife with the blade measuring less than 3″ long when opened.

The handle and overall length make no difference to the law, it is only the blade length that is critical.

Within the UK there are hundreds of pocket knives around – from cheaper imported rubbish that won’t last five minutes to superb hand made works of art by professional knife makers using some of the best knife steel around.

As with everything, it normally boils down to cost which determines a good knife from a bad one.

What Constitutes A Legal Knife?

There are only three main requirements for a UK legal knife:

  • The knife must have a folding blade that is fully enclosed when folded closed.
  • The blade length must be less than 3" long (7.62mm)
  • The knife must be non locking

Example of a legal length blade.

Why Own A Pocket Knife?

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There are a few reason why anyone would want to own and carry around a pocket knife, but generally, they are just so handy to have on you – once you know you have one with you you’ll be amazed at how many thing you use it for.

I probably use mine several times a day from cleaning my nails out to sharpening a pencil and everything in-between..! 

But theres also one more thing to remember – choosing a knife is quite a personal thing – so consider what you will be using your knife for and make it fit into your needs.

So what makes the
 Best Folding Pocket Knife for Survival here in the UK?

  • Blade is locked in position when closed
  • High quality blade material
  • Very light weight
  • One hand operation to open blade
  • Belt, pocket clip or own pouch

Below is a typical example of a superb, non locking knife:

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This type of quality folding pocket knife is perfectly UK legal – this one comes with a nice belt pouch as well.

I especially like the wood handle scales, that's a nice touch – not bad for under £30 inc. delivery and VAT– a nice lightweight carbon steel knife and belt pouch… bargain.!

* Limited number are available at the moment.

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What Is The Right UK Legal Knife For You?

Ask yourself this question – “what do I want to use my pocket knife for?”

If it's sole purpose is for opening the odd parcel or difficult envelope then just about any will do – even a cheap one, Blunt or sharp, it won't make much difference!

As part of your EDC (every day carry), hunting, skinning, cooking and even self defence. These are all considerations when choosing a new folding pocket knife.

A lot of people want their legal pocket knife to not only function properly, but to be a 'work of art' and will choose a handmade knife.
These really are something a bit special, and a pocket knife to be proud of.

Click here to see a full range of  handmade Damascus knives like the ones below: 

Price Considerations When Buying A Pocket Knife.

It is generally considered a waste of money buying a knife simply because it's cheap. The thoughts are it is made from inferior materials and will easily fail, normally when you need it the most! 

But, fortunately folding pocket knives are relatively inexpensive, in fact a quality 'hand made' knife, using high end materials and steels will only set you back between £35 - £85.

I consider this to be good value for money, especially considering the quality and uniqueness you are getting in your knife. 

When it comes to a more 'mass produced' knife, I have found the quality to be rather good.
In theory it is always better to go with a the tried and tested manufacturer.
But, when it comes to pocket knives, the build and material quality is normally a very high standard.

If, for some reason, you over work your pocket knife, you stand a chance of the blade getting damaged or even snapping. 

Of course there's always going to be some inferior steel knocking around, but generally you will be fine as we are only talking pocket knives here, not rambo style hunting knives, where you hacking your way through the bush..!

The up side of all this is, pocket knives represent very good value for money. Even a knife costing just £5:00 will still be very good..!

Top Contender For Best Legal Folding Pocket Knife

  • 440C stainless steel 2-3/4" blade
  • 4 position deep pocket clip
  • Nylon handle
  • Ambidextrous carry
  • CURRENT PRICE - UNDER £20:00

Latest price & availability for the
Lansky Sharpeners LKN333 World Legal Slip Joint Knife – Grey here:

My Top Contender For Best Legal Folding Pocket Knife

  • Stainless steel
  • 70mm blade lenght
  • Leather belt pouch
  • 100 gram weight
  • CURRENT PRICE:
  • with pouch - £19 - £25
  • without pouch £16 - £19

The Grizzly Bushcraft pocket folding knife is completely legal to carry in the UK.

It is a fully non locking blade under the 75mm legal limit. Easily opened and packs away in an (optional) leather carry belt pouch.​

Available with or without a leather pouch.

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