Pocket knives are very popular in the UK. Most people carry one to cut something or other, and there are now hundreds of different models available that serve a variety of purposes.
So, what is a non locking pocket knife? A pocket knife is a folding pocket knife, usually with a blade and a handle.
Knives with blades typically measure between 2.5 inches and 3 inches, but some knives can grow up to 4 inches long.
At a push, a non locking knife is a knife that has a locking mechanism, but does not have a locking lever.
The difference matters because knives with locking mechanisms are more susceptible to being stolen, because they are harder to open. Locking knives often have springs that snap into place when the knife is closed.
How to choose a non-locking knife?
Non-locking knives are small, lightweight, and easy to carry. They are an increasingly popular alternative to larger locking blades because they are far less likely to cause accidents when dropped or unintentionally used in inappropriate ways.
This has many advantages.
Firstly, you will notice little to no difference in the amount of force needed to open the blade.
Secondly, a non-locking blade will have more room for a finger hole. This is useful when cutting in tight spots or when you need to apply more force.
There are several things you will want to consider when choosing a non-locking folder.
The first is the type of blade that you prefer. If you like to use your knife as a general utility tool, then you will want to look for knives with the drop point blade.
This blade shape is a very versatile blade that can be useful in both utility and tactical situations.
A second consideration when choosing a non-locking folder is blade length. The blade length will depend on your personal preference and on the type of tasks you will be using your knife for.
For example, you will want to have a shorter knife with you while hiking and a longer knife while camping out.
Types of knives you can also consider :
- Swiss army knives
- Copper Knives
Are non-locking folding knives worth the hype?
Non-locking folding knives are a hot topic these days, and many people are buying them for their ability to be opened with one hand. Many of these knives are also ‘assisted opening’.
This means there is a small switch on the handle (usually opposite the lock button), which allows the blade to open when the button is depressed. The problem with these knives is that the switch is not always reliable.
Some people will have to press down the button very hard for the blade to open, while others will have to press it only slightly to get the blade to open.
So, should you buy these knives? My advice is to wait for the time when the non-locking folding knives have been properly tested.
Non-locking and UK legal knife
In the UK, there are laws surrounding the owning of certain types of knives. Basically, you can carry a knife with a blade up to 3-inches long in public without breaking the law.
A folding knife, however, must be able to lock when folded and not be able to be opened with one hand.
If you’re looking to buy a folding knife in the United Kingdom, you’ve got two options. You can buy a non-locking knife, which is legal to own and carry.
Or, you can buy a locking knife, which is also legal to buy and own.
UK-friendly pocket knives – type of knife
- Swiss army style knife
- Slicing knife
- Pocket folding knives
United Kingdom knife law – knife restrictions
It is an offence under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 to carry any article with a blade or point in public without good reason.
There are exceptions to the offence including: Knives carried as part of the normal outdoor and sporting equipment of the person carrying it.
If you want to carry a knife in public , you must be over 18 years old and it must be folded. It must not be a flick knife or a knife that can be concealed in a way that makes it rapidly usable.
You must have a good reason for carrying the knife, you cannot carry a knife anywhere you have been drinking, and you cannot carry a knife if you are already in possession of another one.
list of knives not allowed in public
- Flick knives
- Butterfly knives
- Cutting blade
- Stainless steel blade
- Stainless steel sheepsfoot blade