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  • Lets talk about the legality of folding knives

    What is the maximum size of the blade of a folder can be?

    If someone attacks you, and you deploy your knife, can you kill them legally, without going to court?

  • #2
    Depends on the laws in you area.

    And you will never kill anyone "legal" with out going to court.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 7r14ngL3Ch0k3 View Post
      What is the maximum size of the blade of a folder can be?

      If someone attacks you, and you deploy your knife, can you kill them legally, without going to court?

      I've seen GIANT folding knives but they don't seem too practical... Certain states and countries have very strict knife laws. Even within states that don't outlaw possession some counties and cities have local laws against carrying. It's YOUR responsibility to know your laws... Ignorance is not a legitimate excuse.

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      • #4
        Use of force laws are a whole other story! Almost everyone who commits a violent crime claims it was "self defense". To justify the use of deadly force you MUST be in IMMEDIATE danger of serious bodily injury or death and have no reasonable means of escape.

        Don't take my word for anything. I know nothing about nothing and take no responsibility for misinformation posted here or anywhere else.

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        • #5
          I would suggest seeking out proper instruction in the use of a knife. Laws and carrying options should be discussed in these classes.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 7r14ngL3Ch0k3 View Post
            What is the maximum size of the blade of a folder can be?

            If someone attacks you, and you deploy your knife, can you kill them legally, without going to court?
            I realize that this is an old post but wanted to add some thoughts here...

            The maximum legal length of a knife will vary depending on the state and jurisdiction. However, many states but not all of them allow the carry of single-edged folding knives under 3 inches.

            To be be clear, a knife is considered a lethal force tool and should not ever be deployed in any situation that doesn't warrant lethal force. There are many instructors out there that endorse the brandishing of a knife with hopes that they won't have to use it. However, this is something that should never be done. If you don't intend to use the knife, don't draw it. If you draw a knife only to brandish it, you might find yourself in worse trouble. You will be asked why you pulled a knife if you didn't feel it was a life-threatening situation. Also, it gives the attacker grounds to escalate and claim he was just defending himself.

            So, to answer your question. Even if the use of a knife is legally justified there is a good chance you may end up in court. Even if you aren't brought up on charges because it was justified, you may face a civil suit. If the use of a knife is not justified, yes you will find yourself facing charges in court.

            Steve

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