Guidance

Knives and offensive weapons information

Explains the law behind carrying an article with a blade or point or an offensive weapon in a public place.

Detail

Document explains the law behind carrying an article with a blade or point or an offensive weapon in a public place; the manufacture, import, sale or hire of offensive weapons; crossbows; the sale of knives and offensive weapons to persons under 18.

We have put together a series of frequently asked questions on knives and offensive weapons, covering:

  • importing, manufacturing, selling or hiring
  • blades (length, samurai swords and lock knives)
  • carrying knives in public
  • miscellaneous knife issues

You can find this information on the Home Office pages of The National Archives.