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Isn’t it illegal to carry a knife?

By PearlyGirl 23 November 2011 29

There was a dude on the bus yesterday morning who was wearing a dirty big knife in a bum bag style pouch over his shoulder. 

The knife was in full view and he copped some interesting looks.

I for one was a bit anxious.

I’m suprised the bus driver let him on.

Surely it’s illegal to carry a knife in public??

What’s Your opinion?


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LSWCHP 4:01 pm 27 Nov 11

p1 said :

Deref said :

p1 said :

I frequently carry a knife in public.

Why?

Usually to cut things. I have used it for all sorts of foods. To open boxes, cut tape, paper, string, gum from people’s hair, the end from unravelling rope, removed splinters from children, and a million other things I can’t remember. I would say the majority of those times, it was a situation where someone said “anyone got a knife?”; had I not had one, the task would have gone uncompleted.

I’ve been carrying a red swiss army knife with 2 small blades, screwdrivers, tweezers, scissors, toothpick, awl etc for nearly 30 years and it sees constant use. It’s very useful to have on hand, just to cut through the insanely thick layers of plastic packaging that most items come buried in these days. Also, I couldn’t count the number of times my friends and colleagues, who know I carry it, have borrowed it over the years.

I also have a variety of hunting knives, bayonets and survival knives that I’ve accumulated over the years. I don’t carry them with me, and I certainly wouldn’t carry one conspicuously on public transport. This sounds out of order to me, and I certainly would’ve been paying close attention to what this guy was up to if I was in the vicinity.

milkman 3:36 pm 27 Nov 11

On occasion I carry a knife as part of a leatherman tool. It can come in really handy.

p1 12:24 pm 27 Nov 11

Deref said :

p1 said :

I frequently carry a knife in public.

Why?

Usually to cut things. I have used it for all sorts of foods. To open boxes, cut tape, paper, string, gum from people’s hair, the end from unravelling rope, removed splinters from children, and a million other things I can’t remember. I would say the majority of those times, it was a situation where someone said “anyone got a knife?”; had I not had one, the task would have gone uncompleted.

Mumbucks 11:52 am 27 Nov 11

I really like Crocodile Dundee and charades. I was hoping by being all kitted out I would provide some good old fashion entertainment.

Deref 10:50 am 27 Nov 11

p1 said :

I frequently carry a knife in public.

Why?

astrojax 9:24 pm 26 Nov 11

i’d a shot ‘im, then asked the question… things ya learn from indiana jones, eh?

justin heywood 8:02 pm 23 Nov 11

carnardly said :

Can I ask why you were nervous?

Did he look a bit “rough?”

Were you just stereotyping him that he must be a looney or a crim because of how he looked?

Not just you, but the others as well. And then to cast aspersions as to the legality of him having a knife sounds like you assume he could be dodgy?

Its sad to judge someone you don’t know just on how he looked and because of what he was carrying.

If you had young kiddies with you, would you have pulled them in “in case”?

Damn straight. It’s terrible to make assumptions about people… [/irony]

fabforty 6:39 pm 23 Nov 11

Ummm…..this guy was wearing this big ar*e knife in a bum bag over his shoulder !! Doesn’t sound to me like he just bought it from King of Knives or was a chef coming home from his shift. If this was the case it would be packed away properly and safely (one would hope).

This guy sounds like a nutter and I would have backed away carefully too.

p1 4:54 pm 23 Nov 11

matt31221 said :

Self defence is NOT a reasonable excuse to carry a knife – but is ‘survival’ a good excuse?

Only if you have the Bear Grylls version.

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