Legal Limit for Pocket Knife CaliforniaAdmin
Side-opening switch blade knives with single-edged blades not exceeding 8.5 cm and containing a continuous back are legal to own. Legal blades can be worn both openly and concealed on the body if there is a legitimate need or if the weapon is inaccessible with less than 3 movements (“transport in a locked container”). Other laws or regulations may prohibit the carrying of automatic knives or switch blade knives, particularly in certain situations or places (gatherings on public land, airport check-in areas). Californians can hide folding knives (except switch blades) on their person and carry them freely outside as long as the knives are in the folded position. And it doesn`t matter how long the blade is. Folding knives include pocket knives, Swiss army knives, cutters and other “utility knives”. People open folding knives by applying pressure to the blade, and there is resistance when opening the blade. It is also illegal to possess certain knives on school grounds, including: In France, 19th century folding knives called Châtellerault were available in automatic and manually opening versions in different sizes and lengths.  Châtellerault`s switch blades have recognizable features such as “S” shaped transverse guards, picklock mechanisms and decorative handles engraved with beads and ivory.  In Spain, Admiral D`Estaing is credited with a kind of foldable naval dirk, which was also used as tableware.  In the closed (folded) position, the tip of the blade would protrude beyond the handle for use at the dining table. It could be activated as a full-length side arm if needed by pressing a lever instead of a handle button.
 In 1850, at least one American company offered a .22 rimfire pistol equipped with a spring-loaded knife.  After the Civil War (1865), knife production was industrialized.  The oldest mass-produced automatic knife in America is the Korn Patent Knife, which used a rocker-jaw trigger.  Yes, it is indeed legal to carry any type of power-opening knife with you, as long as there is resistance when opening the knife and it is opened by applying DIRECT pressure to the blade (thumb bolt or fin) to open it. These types of knives are NOT considered a switch blade as defined by the CA knife laws, although many confuse them with it. The Home Depot sells a double-edged solid blade knife to cut insulation, serrated on one side and spring knives on the other. I`ve asked several times, but sales reps assume they`re fine since the company sells them. Right off the bat, it might be fair to say that if you`re carrying a certain knife and it`s because of the work they do professionally, it may not be a problem. The problem occurs when a knife is transported to inappropriate places.
Or the reason is self-defense. I saw girls carrying boxing knives, but they were also wearing clothes appropriate for the work they were doing that day. While the boxing knife doesn`t usually fall under the jurisdiction of the court, if you`re wearing evening wear and go to a bar with a boxing knife, you may well have reason to suspect your intentions. I`m from wine country and I have a ranch.