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05-12-2008, 11:21
Does anyone know the max blade length for a fixed blade knife in Pennsylvania? I'm considering a Gerber LMF II ASEK (4.84 blade length) for camping and hiking use and was wondering if it would be legal to carry.


05-12-2008, 13:04
there isn't any limit on blade length on the state level.

(for practical purposes all there is to the state law is that you cannot carry an auto-opener like a switchblade and you cannot carry a "dagger"...dagger is not defined in the law, but the common definition requires at least that the blade is sharp on both sides--and, so, a dagger is designed specifically for stabbing as opposed to cutting.)

however, unlike firearms laws, the state lesiglature has *not* preempted knife laws. so, counties, municipalities, etc. can make their own laws regarding carrying knives.

i don't know of any that actually have, but i bet there are some.

(i don't carry a fixed blade hiking/camping as i am happy with my folders, but i do have a few friends who carry fixed blades as long as the one you are talking about hiking and camping and, not at all suprisingly, have never had any issues.)