So, once and for all, can I carry a Leatherman Wave multi-tool on my belt without fear of being nicked?

Shooting legal advice


Small wonder even the policeman is baffled as the law is not easy to understand.

I?m not familiar with this particular tool but provided it has a folding blade less than three inches long there is no problem.

If the blade is more than three inches long you must be able to show a good reason for having the tool with you.

Good reason includes paunching rabbits, gralloching deer, gutting fish and all the odd cutting jobs on the shoot.

Any knife with a blade longer than three inches should be removed from your belt or the car when you don?t actually need to use it.


    Your reply would have people believe that a blade under 3 inches is legal. It has to be under 3 inches long AND non locking.
    A small point of law but lots of people are in prison because of small points of law.

  • UK Cop

    Be aware that a leatherman could be classed as a lock knife not a folding knife, because the blade may not be immediately foldable and therefore you could be guilty of an offense, (a “lock knife” does not come into the category of “folding pocket knife” because it is not immediately foldable at all times; (Rv Deegan [1998] 2 Cr.App,R 121) CA).

    You could always theoretically be charged with having an offensive weapon regardless of blade length etc although this is unlikely.

    Best advise don’t carry any knife unless you actually need it at the time.

    A UK Cop who hopefully does know the law a little better than your village Bobby.