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Laws on pocket knives in France

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by Scrumbag, May 20, 2019.

  1. Scrumbag

    Scrumbag Loaded Pockets

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    Hi folks,


    Anyone know what the laws are carrying a pen knife is in France?


    TIA,


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  2. Moshe ben David

    Moshe ben David Loaded Pockets

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    Never been there myself and no plans. Do a search here on edcf. Pretty sure there is at least one thread on this very subject! No doubt you'll find many talk about carrying Opinel, SAK, and Alox in pocket even though (IIRC) France like much of Europe has Neanderthal attitudes about the 'dangerous' practice of carrying a pocket knife!

    Good luck.

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  3. Gaulois

    Gaulois Loaded Pockets

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    In France, we are not allowed to carry a knife in our pocket or at the belt, but one can have his knife in his bag pack. Consider you are not allowed to have a direct access to your knife.
    Of course, if you have an Opinel or SAK in your pocket while hiking in the countryside and act like a reasonnable person...as a french law enforcement officer myself, I (and most of people) wouldn't mind. It's another story if you have a fixed blade at your belt in the Paris subway for example.

    As usual, behavior and location are the most important factors to keep in mind.

    Feel free to send me a PM if you need other informations ;)
     
  4. Adam Ng

    Adam Ng Loaded Pockets

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    I carried my old Kershaw assisted opening throughout my trips in France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Hungary, and scores of Asian countries. Be discreet and sensible and you will be fine.


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  5. Adam Ng

    Adam Ng Loaded Pockets

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    Most museum use metal detectors so no carry if you plan to go to one.


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