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Re: Leatherman

Post by Dirrty » Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:20 am

In layman's terms the rule i and a lot of my colleagues use is; a leatherman/multi-tool/swiss army/pen knife can be legally carried by anyone as long as the knife (pointy sharp bit) is less then 3 inches long and does not lock into place,

Unless the carrier has reasonable excuse or lawful authority a blade that is over 3 inches long and/or locks into place is illegal in any form,

e.g. rescuers/firemen etc often carry folding blades (usually high viz yellow or bright red) that lock into place and are over 3 inches long but they have RE/LA, also these knifes often have blunted tips/ends and have seat belt cutter on them.

RE could also be a great many things so i'm not even going to start listing them, but for example some one who is going camping at the weekend and is in possession of a 4 inch folding knife on Wednesday in the middle of the town centre doesn't really have RE unless he just bough it from Milets and its still in the packaging and he's walking to his car to take it home, use of common sense here.

A none specialist PC/PCSO/PS/Insp/CC/CI/etc on general patrol doesn't really have RE for carrying a lockable blade what would they need a lockable blade for? would a normal none-lockable blade not suffice for what ever they need to cut?

I have a Jack Pyke multi-tool, this actually had a lockable blade on it (under 3 inches) so i simply removed the lockable part and threw it away (the lock) so the knife folds away easy peasy, no need to press any buttons etc. i have used it a few times on the job from cutting down some offensive banners/posters to opening a door which had some frightened lasses inside after a male unsuccessfully tried breaking to their house and simply broke the door handle off also once used it to fix a GP car so we didn't have to waste time waiting for recovery/breakdown.

My, now i read it back, rather large 2 cents, didn't intend for it be this long.

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Re: Leatherman

Post by overthinker1977 » Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:12 pm

Its about a dollar there.
I think thats the best summary I've seen.
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Re: Leatherman

Post by Big-Si » Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:50 pm

I don't think it's the justification of it being a locking type it's just that it locks ie becomes a fixed blade, have a read of my earlier post :wink:

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Re: Leatherman

Post by BlueBand » Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:57 am

Always handy to have a good multitool on you, used mine for fixing my police cycle, re-securing a door a colleague kicked in and cutting down a person attempting to commit suicide.

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