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Is it legal for a 14 year old to carry a Buck 110?

Discussion in 'Knife Laws' started by CJ Newton, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. CJ Newton

    CJ Newton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 31, 2014
    I live in Washington state and I was wondering if it's legal for me (a 14 year old) to sheath carry a Buck 110 in public (such as a grocery store).
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  2. DangerDanX


    Mar 26, 2014
    I wouldn't recommend it unless you're with your parents. Otherwise you could get into some trouble if gou are randomly searched, which happened to me once when i was 16 (didn't have a knife that day thank God) if you must carry a knife carry a swiss army knife or some kind of small slipjoint. Don't know washington laws though, Foridian here
  3. CJ Newton

    CJ Newton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 31, 2014
    Well, in public I'm always with my parents, and I am never in a place where I would randomly be searched.
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  4. chris0827


    May 5, 2010
    Let me preface this by saying I don't know the laws in your state, but "by the book" it probably is LEGAL.

    HOWEVER... Why on earth would you want to? The 110 is a big knife- and it's going to draw attention to you. Any attention when you're carrying ANYTHING is almost always bad, and it's even WORSE when you're a kid because people are expecting you to do stupid stuff. You're kind of almost doomed before you even start!

    Carrying the 110 to/from a camping/hunting trip with your parents or scout troop is one thing- and I certainly wouldn't think there's anything unusual about that. Carrying it around as part of your EDC seems like you're asking for trouble (mostly on account of your age). If you want to carry a knife everyday, do yourself a favor and select something discrete that can be easily pocket carried to avoid attention. Save the 110 on the belt for hunting and camping.
  5. killgar


    Sep 24, 2002
    Washington state has some strange knife laws. In particular, Washington penal code 9.41.270 says that if you are carrying a knife, and if it causes "alarm" to anyone, that you are guilty of a gross misdemeanor. For this reason, the people I know who live in Washington never carry their knives openly when out in public. Here is a link to Washington penal code 9.41.270 from Washington states official legislative website- http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.41&full=true#9.41.270.

    My advice is not to carry any knife openly in Washington while out in public. I've heard of people in Washington openly carrying knives in public without issue, but I personally wouldn't risk it. Your choice.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
  6. CJ Newton

    CJ Newton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 31, 2014
    Thanks for the advice, everyone!
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  7. Tommythewho


    Aug 21, 2011
    I think a 14 year old should be required by law to carry a Buck 110.
  8. jobasha11


    Oct 9, 2013
    That's going in the quote thread:D
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  9. jobasha11


    Oct 9, 2013
    Sorry, double tap
  10. Catherine_Montana


    Sep 10, 2014
    Good comment. Thank you!

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  11. Fish Boy

    Fish Boy

    Aug 2, 2014
    As someone who was not long ago 14 years old, it's never a good idea to carry your knife in public. People assume that you're a "dangerous teenager" or whatever and that you'll do something brash with your knife. If you do carry it in public, get a knife with a pocket clip that rides deep in your pocket.
  12. Maine1


    Aug 14, 2009
    Times change...people grow cheesy.

    When i was 14 or so, I either had my trailmaster or gerber bowie with me..everywhere. Plus a few other knives. It was never any problem, and came in handy many times.

    Seeing a 14 year old boy WITHOUT a knife should cause alarm. I mean, if he has no knife, how can he whittle trap triggers and stuff? And if he is not whittling, ther is no telling what kind of mischeif he could get into! My son is 9 and carries two knives, everywhere ecept where they will likley have coniption fits if they knew how many knives he has.
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  13. CJ Newton

    CJ Newton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 31, 2014
    Well, I live in a very small town, and, if I am at a place that I would think there would be people who would have a problem, I just pull my shirt/jacket over the sheath. Also, I shouldn't need to say this, but, just to clarify, I obviously would never take any knives or weapons anywhere near my school or anything of the sort... When I say "public", I mean walking down the street to the hardware store and back and stuff like that. For example, if I was at home or out in the woods, I would be carrying it. If we were going to town immediately after, I'd just leave it on, but never use it. And I have never used it in a place of business or really anywhere in public, I would never just take a knife out in public unless I absolutely needed to; I don't want to scare anyone. I was just wondering if it was legal or not.

    Note: This is not directed to anyone specific, or even in this thread, but all you people saying it's too heavy and bulky, I made my own sheath that is less bulky. As for the weight and everything else, HATERS GONNA HATE. This is a custom knife that I made myself, so, obviously I like to carry it. My first knife was a Buck 110, which I lost in the woods for 7 months due to carrying it in my pocket... After I found it, I added some parts from it to this knife, along with parts from another Buck 110 that I EDC'd for a year. The scales are made from maple wood from our property. It has sentimental value as well as the fact that it looks awesome. I understand that there are more efficient knives out there, but I would rather have the 110. Thank you for your time.
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  14. CJ Newton

    CJ Newton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 31, 2014
    One last thing: In Washington, it is always cold and rainy, so I usually have a jacket on, which covers it up. In the public places I'm in, 1 in 5 people are carrying some sort of knife.
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  15. CJ Newton

    CJ Newton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 31, 2014
    I could just carry a shotgun around to draw attention away from the knife...
  16. CJ Newton

    CJ Newton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 31, 2014
    Just kidding. :) Thank you for taking the time to comment. :)
  17. Mr.Conservative


    Nov 23, 2013
    when i was 14 and even younger i was carrying a 5 inch cold steel vaquero everyday. and i live in Philly, a liberal mecca. So i would say carry it, if anyone ask about the pouch just say its a flashlight or something. :thumbup:
  18. Albertan_Cade


    Apr 3, 2014
    Well here in Alberta I have carried a knife with me everywhere I go. Weddings school parties work you name it and this is been going on since I was 12 now that I'm older I don't even try and hide em. Most of the time I have a set of three right in my belt for all the world to see and I am planing on building a boot knife here shortly. But that is up here in the great white north. I ain't sure about America.
  19. Sidehill Gouger

    Sidehill Gouger

    Dec 29, 2007
    A Buck 110 is too large to legally carry in most of the Puget Sound area. I don't think anyone will bother you much in the rest of the state if you have an obvious reason for needing the knife as a tool. Carrying for self-defense is not a legal reason before it comes up.
  20. Ed T

    Ed T

    Apr 23, 2002
    I live in Eastern Washington and I do not think it is an issue. As far as I know the knife does not fall into the dangerous weapon class. You might read through RCW 9.41 (I think)

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