The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and an unlimited fine. You’ll get a prison sentence if you’re convicted of carrying a knife more than once.
It’s illegal to:
In Scotland, 16 to 18 year olds are allowed to buy cutlery and kitchen knives.
Lock knives are not classed as folding knives and are illegal to carry in public without good reason. Lock knives:
It is illegal to bring into the UK, sell, hire, lend or give anyone the following:
Contact your local police to check if a knife or weapon is illegal.
Examples of good reasons to carry a knife or weapon in public can include:
A court will decide if you’ve got a good reason to carry a knife or a weapon if you’re charged with carrying it illegally.
Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.