What is the most essential piece of camping kit?

A pocket knife can be one of the most useful pieces of kit you ever own especially when it comes to camping and outdoor life, so Northcore have produced a compact pocket knife with adventure in mind.

In it's natural habitat

In it’s natural habitat

The single folding 7cm stainless steel blade folds neatly away into a non-porous, high density Zebrano wood handled body. The knife only weighs 60g and is a compact 2.5cm x 9cm when closed so easy to carry without adding excessive weight to a back pack. It features a pocket clip and a thumb stud on the blade for easy and one handed opening.

Folding, lockable, compact

Folding, lockable, compact

The blade is a dual purpose design with a plain sharp edge towards the tip which is really useful for cutting through rope (especially synthetic rope) and a serrated edge toward the back of the blade. Serrated edges are a must for any camping knife as they can be used like a small saw for cutting through a range of materials like wood or fabric. They are also useful for preparing food like vegetables, soft fruit, cooked meats and bread. The blade locks for safety when open and uses a liner locking mechanism which also allows for the blade to be closed.

A must have outdoors tool

A must have outdoors tool

The Northcore camp knife is lightweight, compact and can be used for multiple tasks. The stainless steel and high density wood design has been crafted for longevity – it’s built to survive!

Ownership of any knife requires with a certain level of awareness and responsibility both to yourself and those around you, but it may also have legal implications. For more information on UK knife legislation:

UK knife law – where do I stand?

 

UK knife law is fairly complex and often comes down to the interpretation or discretion of the police officer. The law is in place for good reason to prevent knife misuse, but it needn’t prevent law abiding responsible citizens from owning a pocket knife as they are an essential tool for use in the outdoors and camping. So you’ll be OK as long as you follow guidelines.

Obviously if a knife falls under the category of flick/butterfly/disguised/mutant ninja killing sword you shouldn’t even own it let alone carry one around. However some confusion surrounds the legality of owning a locking knife or a fixed blade, so here’s the latest:

UK legal carry pocket knives (or EDC short for Every Day Carry) must be a folding knife that is both non-locking and has a cutting edge of less than 7.62cm (3 inches). These can be carried around with you in a public place however use some common sense here, as it could be hard to justify carrying a knife at an airport, a pub, football match, school etc

Locking blade pocket knives with a cutting edge of less than 7.62cm (3 inches) are illegal to carry in a public place unless you have good reason. The Government website gives some examples like; taking knives you use at work to and from work, taking knives to a gallery or museum to be exhibited, the knife is going to be used for theatre, film, television, or religious purposes. This essentially means you can own a locking knife or fixed blade knife and use it at home, camping or in the countryside with no issues at all.

As long as you follow guidelines, be mindful, responsible and don’t try and re-enact any Tarantino films down at the local pub with your pocket knife you’ll be OK!

Disclaimer: We’re not lawyers and we only offer this information to use as a guideline based upon what is publicly available. We’re not liable in any way for the above information. If in any doubt please consult the following website before carrying a knife in the UK: https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives All other countries please check your local knife law legislation.

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