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Old 07-26-2013, 12:04 AM   #61
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CT - dirk knife is prohibited and google search = 17th century Scot. Officers knife - most 12" in length w one false edge often w jimping. There is a separate Naval Dirk which seems more of a short sword of varying lengths.

Internet search - legalese for dagger or double edged knife.

Anyone have any experience ?
my thinking was a dirk was a short double edged sword or large double edged knife.
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To make sure you are not carrying a knife that is illegal in your state, check out both the statues and caselaw of the state where you live. Although Chapter 46 of the Texas Penal Code states that:

6) "Illegal knife" means a:

(A) knife with a blade over five and one-half inches;

(B) hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown;

(C) dagger, including but not limited to a dirk, stiletto, and poniard;

(D) bowie knife;

(E) sword; or

(F) spear.

(7) "Knife" means any bladed hand instrument that is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person with the instrument


However, what fits into these categories is pretty much decided on a case by case basis. It is pretty much settled that any double edged knife is illegal to carry in Texas; some courts have found that a knife with a sharpened false edge on the top of the blade is a bowie knife. There has been little consistency is how different courts have interpreted this statutes. As stated, it clear you can't carry a knife with a blade length longer that 5.5 inches, or that's double edged, Unless you can show you use it for work, you can't carry an icepick. Some courts define Bowie knife by length, others by blade design.

Texas law says that in the absence of a specific definition, the common or everyday definition of a word will prevail.

My personal thought as an ex assistant district attorney and criminal defense lawyer in Texas, is don't carry a knife that looks like it's primary purpose is for fighting or inflicting harm on people. A Buck 110 is just as deadly, but nobody looks twice at it. If a knife looks like a tool, it'll probably be okay; if it looks like a weapon, you might have some 'splaining to do.

Also, it depends on the knowledge and mood of the cop as to whether you'll get in trouble for just carrying a questionable knife.

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I carry a Camillus Cuda. I beat the heck out of this thing and it keeps coming back for more. Japanese AUS-8 steel. Very good for the $30.00 it cost at walmart.

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I carry a Camillus Cuda. I beat the heck out of this thing and it keeps coming back for more. Japanese AUS-8 steel. Very good for the $30.00 it cost at walmart.
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I would recommend a Kershaw skyline fixed blade. It would be about the size you describe and I have had incredible results out of my folding skyline. The 14c28n steel has held a phenomenal edge through lots of use and hasn't rusted or tarnished despite exposure to real life conditions... I love the voyagers from cold steel but they are chunkier folding knives.

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As far as sheath knives, ESEE is the best.

But for a self defense knife, I have my EDC SOG trident. Sometimes I carry a Mantis karambit. I used to EDC a karambit, but it broke. I like straight knives for main EDC, anyway.

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Also, it depends on the knowledge and mood of the cop as to whether you'll get in trouble for just carrying a questionable knife.
Agree, and damn, that is a scary proposition. . People are skittish in CT and the police generally take note of which way the political winds are blowing. CT' has placed an incredible new burden of laws on police - I hope they have enough on their plate w/o hassleing folks about pocket knives.

Yet, case law has people being prosecuted from 3.1" up so it's really dependent on a case by case basis. If in doubt, leave it at home.
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You can always get one of these:



I use to sell them but I'm all sold out.

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I use to sell them but I'm all sold out.
I can't. I can't carry a double edged blade
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I can't. I can't carry a double edged blade
It's not a double edged blade.
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