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#1 (permalink)      3/5/2016 4:04:08 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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Regulations in South Korea?
Can't seem to find an answer to this question even after phoning Korean Customs which were very vague.

What I'm wondering is what, if any, are the regulations regarding buying knives from FT. The knife in particular has a 11cm blade and is basically a tactical camping knife.

SKU 4361700

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Only thing i could really find from British Blades was a reference to current laws which suggests that this length would have been OK but it now falls into the police area of concern ... seems to depend on having a license as well

Key text i got

Q1: For what sort of edged tools am I required to have a license?

A1: For any edged tool with blade length longer than 15 centimetres you need a license. A license may be required also for any edged tool with blade length longer than 6 centimetres (or 5.5 centimetres in case of automatic knives) if they are considered to have clear possiblity of being used as edged weapons.

So far the "15cm rule" has been in common use, and anything shorter could be purchased and possessed without much trouble. Now the police wants to see if anything inbetween 6 and 15 (most of the knives we have fit in this category) has this 'clear possiblity' of weapons usage, hence calling people in.


Q2: Can I carry a knife if I have a license for it?

A2: The license is for possession of a knife, not carrying one. Therefore carrying a knife with blade longer than 6cm is illegal. Also, if an edged tool with a blade shorter than 6cm is used to inflict physical damage to a person, there is a greater chance that the tool might end up being judged as illegal weapon. Only exception is to carry an edged tool for professional purposes.
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Yeah, that 15cm rule seems to apply to quite a few countries. Just not sure about Korea, though.

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Just to note:- That info was for Korea not UK ... The UK is even more screwed up over knifes
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DaddyDead wrote:

Just to note:- That info was for Korea not UK ... The UK is even more screwed up over knifes



OK, that explains why it seemed so familiar. That's all I could find too. Quite vague. And kinda up to the decision of the Customs worker as whether or not it seems like a 'weapon' or not.

Thanks again

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To carry a concealed weapon in public should be the key here?

If you wanted to import this blade for camping 140 miles from nowhere, well who would care?


South Korea? Well I don't know etc etc etc....
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Decided to roll the dice and order anyways. Worse case scenario is Customs holds it and sends me a letter indicating that knives can't be bought on the Internet do to blah, blah, blah,...

And I'm out $15. No big deal. Life goes on... As it wouldn't be the first time Customs seized something I've ordered.