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  1. 2 hours ago, JustAnotherViking said:

    In regard to what is considered non locking, slip joint and friction folders are fine. 

    Any sort of spring that holds the blade in a fixed position is not allowed as an every day carry. 

    The key issue is the 'every day carry' part. i.e. the law would allow me to carry a small non locking blade about without any reason other than one every five years I might happen to need it by coincidence to cut a pice of string in the middle of the street or some other random nondescript reason. 

    However, if I was going camping for the weekend, or taking part in bushcraft activities, I could carry a large hunting knife with me for that explicit purpose. 

    Where it becomes a gray area, if I were stopped by the police on my way to the wilderness, it could be considered an offensive weapon. Once I get there, it's fine. 

    Mental.. But as stated above, it allows flexibility for law enforcement to use common sense. 

    If my car was full of camping gear and I was dressed appropriately, 'be on your way sir'. If I was dressed inappropriately for camping and had no tent or similar, alarm bells start sounding and I'd be hauled off to court. 

    Sadly though i can see this going the same way. I EDC a 3" non locking knife, but these laws are not common knowledge, and if you have had the misfortune to have to listen to the radio all day (or at least the unavoidable radio 1 constantly on in the workshop) they keep on about stopping kids/people carrying knives.
    Obviously they mean a kitchen knife hidden in your sock for "protection" or whatever these criminals are doing, but is the average public going to react sensibly if im cutting up an apple in public with my uk legal knife? I guarantee some ill-informed person will panic with whats currently brainwashing people through the media. Knife = Bad. Carrying knife = Murderer.

    Thats the concern. Panic the public until they are demanding routine weekly re-bluntening of butter knives. 
    I dont really care if i have to go see someone who is making me a lovely knife, or visit a local bladesmith to collect it. Other than it probably means ill buy more knives while i am there! 

  2. Just thought you guys across the pond would like to have a laugh at how ridiculous our terrified governments laws are getting! 

    This is going to completely cripple any knife makers and retailers in the UK.


    Most notably on the subject of knives:
    - stopping knives being sent to residential addresses after they are bought online
    - changing the legal definition for threatening with an offensive weapon to make prosecutions easier
    - updating the definition of a flick knife to reflect changing weapon designs

    Fun times.

    They also mention bump stocks and rapid fire rifles, which are completely illegal anyway. You can only own a .22 semi auto rifle...

  3. Its only going to be small occasional hobby use making knives mostly. Our regulations specifically for sheds have a maximum allowable size which you can build without any application for permission to build or any building regulations, (50sq ft, 8.2 ft at highest point) but i am limited by the garden size and the wife strongly objecting to the whole garden being a shed. 

    Having looked at the links provided and searched the way you have described, i have found a fair amount of information which helps. It may be that i repair the shed i have and put a tin roof on it, unless i can make a new one from concrete blocks. 

    Thanks for the help and info

  4. Hello, 

    Fairly basic question i expect, but a quick search didnt come up with much. 

    How big are the buildings you forge in? And what would be a minimum safe size?

    Some details: 
    Forge - Not yet built - Likely to be a side draft, water cooled bosh and tue (already owned), 1' x1' or just over, burning charcoal. 
    Shed - Currently have a concrete walled 12' x 8' shed. Low wooden roof, about 7' high. Concrete floor which is nice.

    Now obviously i dont want to set it on fire, so what would be the minimum distances from walls and other things? And are there any immediate issues i havent spotted.

    An issue for the future is that this shed is old and leaky and falling over slowly, so will be taken down in about a years time. Its replacement will be a shed around 20' x 15' and 8' high, but has to be made of wood. It should have a concrete floor though. 
    Not sure how much of an issue this would be. I have only ever hit hot metal at a forge twice. Once at a large double hearth coke forge which was in a wooden building but i dont remember any other details such as metal cladding the walls etc.
    The other time was in a very small clay charcoal forge in an authentic recreation of an anglo saxon forge building. This is on a dirt floor and the forge has no hood or chimney. The forge gets regular use, however it never gets left unattended due to the large amounts of historical evidence of anglo saxon wooden forge buildings burning down!

    I would love to make a bigger shed from brick and not worry about it. Sadly, gardens around here (south-east england) are generally much smaller than they are in the US, and land is prohibitively expensive. This new shed will take nearly half of my garden. 

    Apologies for what i expect is a typical question of the uneducated newbie who cant use the search function properly!

    Many thanks,


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