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Stargzer
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Re: What you can and can't carry in the UK
Stargzer   1/15/2015 12:17:20 PM
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@Nicholas.Lee:  A policeman could still arrest you for having even a small pocket knife (or virtually any other object) if he has reason to suspect you of bad intentions.

Don't carry an American baseball bat unless you have a glove and some baseballs, too, and are part of a baseball team on tour.

Also, don't shout, "ALLAHU AKBAR" while holding a sharpened pencil, except, perhaps, outside the White House in Washington, DC! ;-) We have some problems with terminology here.  :-O

 

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Re: Screwdrivers
Stargzer   1/14/2015 1:03:41 PM
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How did I miss this thread the first time through?

@betajet: "Here's your Screwdriver, but our bartender didn't know how to mix a Soldering Iron."

As long as we are posting groaners: Vodka, Orange Juice, and Milk of Magnesia make a Phillips Screwdriver.

And did anyone else catch this one in the iFixIt Essential Electronics Toolkit?

Kit Contents:


I can hear the strains of "Layla" now ... or the opening bars of "Pinball Wizard" ...

 

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Re: What you can and can't carry in the UK
Nicholas.Lee   11/5/2014 3:38:50 PM
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Yes, that is essentially correct. Most bladed weapons are classed as offensive weapons (including lock-knives etc), with the specific exclusion of folding pocket knives below 3" in length. As long as you have a reasonable excuse for carying the knife and you aren't waving it about in public or scaring people with it then you "should" be OK. However, note that almost anything can be deemed to construe an offensive weapon based on the policeman's subjective opinion of whether you are likely to be a threat to public order by your use of the object. A policeman could still arrest you for having even a small pocket knife (or virtually any other object) if he has reason to suspect you of bad intentions.

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Re: What you can and can't carry in the UK
Max The Magnificent   11/5/2014 1:26:32 PM
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@mhrackin: I surmise that the meaning is that in UK you can carry only folding pocket knives with a blade length less than 3 inches...

I just measured my knife (the same as shown in the pic above) -- the blade is 1/32" shorter than 3" -- so I will feel free to wear it in the UK -- it will be on my belt under my Hawaiian shirt anyway.

But I know my brother -- who is a lawyer -- almost went into shock when he saw it last time (maybe it was the business-like look to it)

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Re: What you can and can't carry in the UK
mhrackin   11/5/2014 1:11:16 PM
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@nicholas.lee: For the benefit of the few of us who are NOT barristers, can you place this in some context?  I surmise that the meaning is that in UK you can carry only folding pocket knives with a blade length less than 3 inches; any other type of knife regardless of blade length is forbidden (???).  Is this correct, and the entire implied content of your post?

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What you can and can't carry in the UK
Nicholas.Lee   11/3/2014 12:11:22 PM
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In the UK, Sections 139 and 139A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 apply to any article which has a blade or point except a folding pocketknife unless the cutting edge of its blade exceeds 7.62 centimetres (3 inches).

However, if a policeman has any reason to suspect you intend to do harm with your knife then you may still be required to prove otherwise in court!

The maximum penalty for these offences is a prison sentence of four years, or a fine, or 
both.

For this reason I like the "Leatherman Keyring Tool Squirt PS4", it is a great little multi-tool for fixing things, and more importantly  (from a legal perspective) nobody is ever going to to feel threatened by it.

 

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Re: Some random thoughts...
Max The Magnificent   10/1/2014 2:41:03 PM
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@mhrackin: Given your stated footwear preference, would this work with sandals?

Not sure -- but I do wear sneakers later in the fall and in winter -- when it's dark so they would stand out bette ranyway -- but I have to finish some of my existing projects first LOL

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Re: Some random thoughts...
mhrackin   10/1/2014 1:04:10 PM
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Love that link!  Best line: "This project involves sewing and soldering!!"  Given your stated footwear preference, would this work with sandals?

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Re: Some random thoughts...
mhrackin   10/1/2014 12:50:17 PM
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Easy work-around: dry cleaning!

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Re: Some random thoughts...
Max The Magnificent   10/1/2014 12:47:45 PM
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@mhrackin: Why not transform my "traje de luces" idea into a truly unique item that could re-define the "Max the Magnificent" brand: the Neopixel-equipped Hawaiian shirt!

Great idea -- the problem is washing the little rascals.

Now, one thing I would really like is a pair of those NeoPixel-based Firewalker Sneakers...

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