The current law criminlalises innocent, law-abiding people for no good reason and promotes the carrying of an unsafe penknife at the expense of safety, with no tangible deterrent to the criminal fraternity.
The current situation where a penknife with a locking blade is illegal whereas a folding knife isn't is ludicrous. Folding penknives are dangerous and result in far too many injuries. THe law should be changes to allow a person to also carry a penknife with a locking blade of no more than 3 inches, the same requirement as the folding penknife.
The current law criminalises innocent people like myself who garden, fish and do woodcraft activities with their sons who have routinely carried a locking penknife since their early teens, in my case for over 30 years.
I doubt the restriction has made a single knife-wielding thug change their weapon of choice to a folding knife with a blade under 3 inches.