Saw this on the EDC thread so sorry for the necro but you EDC a blade? I carry my Leatherman Wave on my belt when I'm going to/from/at work but if I was to have that on me without having a very good reason then I'd get raped... (and even for my work I could get an arsehole cop still arrest me)
Maybe it's different for your state, I dunno.... just curious.
If I wasn't 19 then I wouldn't worry so much, but as a young white male who's frequently in the city I wouldn't risk carrying even my MT in the current environment.... It would be so handy if I had it in there but our law says no
EDIT: Actually I shouldn't bring race into this, and it's not really true that I have the most to worry about police scrutiny compared to some others anyway.
No worries mate, it's a fair question. And yes, I do edc that C300 (and the Kick) every day. 95% practicality and 5% principles.
Practicality is obvious - I'm a tool using human and it's a tool. Cutting open boxes, the annoying plastic bags that happy meals toys come in, sachets of roo mince, you name it. It gets used everyday without me even thinking about it, because it's there in my pocket on the clip and with the flipper (I don't even use the thumbstud anymore) it's instantly there - handydandy - job's done and it's gone. Just on the weekend I did an expedient field adjustment on my dog's collar while we were on an energetic "revved up" walk. Problem solvered in nothing flat.
Principles is a bit vaguer - When I was in my formative years I ate far too many Bushido burgers and drank far too many Chivalry shakes. Some of the mentality has stuck with me and I've got this thing that a 'gentleman' never goes unarmed in public, even if it's just symbolically. In Japan the nobility would wear these tiny ceremonial tantos for just this reason. And beyond that I kinda think it's my right as an upright walking, tool using hominid to carry one of the things that upright walking, tool using hominids use - however symbolically.
Here's the WA legality as I understand it.
1) It's within the legal limit for a "carryable" knife. The rule of thumb according my law enforcement friends is literally that, a "rule of thumb". If the blade is shorter than the officer's thumb then it's good to go. There is an actual legal length which I'm pretty sure is sub 3".
2) It's not concealed. It's worn on the clip. I ain't hiding nuthin' here.
3) It's not a weapon. Now there are two components to this, one is does it look like a weapon and the other is intent. If it was a Hissatsu folder I'd have a hard time proving it wasn't a weapon based on looks alone. Those things are stabby genius and are obviously made to stop a fight. The little C300 looks like it was made for cutting open boxes, the annoying plastic bags that happy meals toys come in, sachets of roo mince, etc. Also, it has the word Leatherman on it and I have it's companion piece the Kick with me. It's a tool.
The second component, intent is usually proved in an expedient manner in the field with the following Jedi mind trick the police and transit guards are trained to use.
Officer: So if someone attacked you would you defend yourself with this?
[Hint: If the answer is "yes" you're going to jail, copping a fine, spending time in court, losing your knife or any combination thereof]
Answer: Hell, no. I'd cut my self up more than the other guy surely. Look at it, it's not really designed for fighting at all, sir. It's a tool.
4) Why are you carrying it? Cutting open boxes, the annoying plastic bags that happy meals toys come in, sachets of roo mince, etc. It's a tool - I use it all the time.
Now there's a new twist to this... certain areas have recently been declared 'zero tolerance no weapons' areas. The city, the nearby red light district (sorry, entertainment precinct) and so on. Day or night, random stops, searches (and seizures) of random people regardless of age, race or social status, in the course of thier employment or otherwise... If I have it on me in one of these areas I'm probably going to lose an irreplaceable christmas present from my daughter (they don't make the C300 anymore) due to the 'zero tolerance' part - so that's something I have to consider.