About the 3 inches, is that from handle to tip, or just the cutting edge? As an example, Sypdie Paramilitary, 3 3/32 tip to handle, the cutting edge is about 2 7/8. If it is the handle to tip, then it should be concealed, no pocket clip showing. If it is the cutting edge, then having the pocket clip showing is okay.
So my question was, is it mandatory to carry your fixed blade on your belt in LA or is that just another example that was stated in the section? Many people misinterpret that part and assume it's mandatory to do so.
Chevy_racin, normally it's tip to handle.
If you were in court over it, the prosecutor would demand an interpretation of handle to tip. That's the standard, because it is the most stringent. But if their case against you is depending on this detail, they don't really have a case. Most attorneys can just tell them where to "stick it" if all they have on you is a quarter inch of ricasso with no other crime. In other words, you had to be doing a number of other bad things for a marginal unlawful carry charge to be included. At which point, you'll be worried about bigger legal problems.
But when it comes to dealing with enforcement, like if an LEO stops you and asks to see whats in that sheath, being within a quarter inch either way isn't going to matter much. The LEO is not going to measure the thing with a ruler. They will likely just look at it and maybe even ask you how big it is. They will also ask you why you are carrying a knife in a sheath. Your answer should always be "3 inches, sir (or ma'am). I use it for work." "OK, we're good, but why don't you leave it in your car until you are on the job." might be a response you'll hear. Again, this isn't them telling you the law, this is them giving you advice you how to avoid attention in the future.
If you have a wicked looking knife like that crazy huge spyderco serrated folder, they might make you sit for 20 minutes to see if you get nervous or freaked out. If you start acting crazy or upset, they are definitely taking your knife away from you whether it was legal carry or not. They're doing this to get the blade out of the hands of an unstable person.
This is all common sense stuff. In Los Angeles, carry any size folder you want but make sure it's concealed and only revealed for reasonable, practical use.
Okay, this is confusing I remember reading a penal code having the same provisions as the open carrying of a unloaded firearm suspended from the waistband is legal same as any 'hunting fixed blade" carried openly.
I just realized this recently too and it seems the legal limit really is 3" open carry for folders for LA. I'm just going to be carrying anything over 3" concealed now with a lanyard attached.
Good idea bud, I mean use like green, orange bright friendly color lanyards to cover any ideas of tactical use.
...would an AXIS or ARC lock be legal in LA? Because the blade can be deployed by sliding the button and flicking it, or just flicking it without using the sliding button at all, but requires more flicking force. Sliding the button nudges the blade out to get it started for a soft flick.
...does a dagger have to be sharpened on both sides to be classified as a dagger?
I'd love to carry my 5" Pentagon Elite, but i can't figure out if it's legal ??? Its a dagger blade, but only sharpened on one side BUT the tip is sharpened from the factory a quarter inch on the top side (shark tooth tip)...and it has an ARC lock (similar to AXIS lock).
Or should i just leave it at home because its too controversial?..which in that case I can just carry my spine lock fold with 6" blade
Axis and ARC locks are legally considered to be legal folding knives.
A "dagger" or "dirk or dagger" means "fixed blade" - doesn't matter how it's sharpened.
Penatgon Elite is a folder, no matter how it's sharpened. Just keep it concealed if you're in LA.
...it just worries me that it can be considered a gravity knife, because upon pressing the arc lock, the blade drops just like a gravity knife and can also be closed like a gravity knife. Although if the blades screw has adequate tension it wont drop open or closed.
i've been between LA and SD and never had a problem with pocket carrying. I can't speak for carrying a fixed blade. But i've worked on the ASW base, and in coronado, and no MP or local officers have ever said anything, and i always had a clip in the front of back pocket sticking out. Working in coronado, the chief of police came often as well as local officers, which i took care of. Being that they're sitting down, i'm sure my clipped knife was visible, but no one had ever said anything. I've also let managers use my knife because the steak knives were trash at cutting.
As long as you're not twirling it around like a baton, or acting a fool, i feel like you won't get much gruf. Again i can't speak for large fixed blade outside carry. Enjoy california, and make sure to stop by Plaza Cutlery in Orange County, Dan and the rest of the people there are really nice folks
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