Igor de LStok wrote:It was about ten years ago in response to incidents that showed that the number of teenaged school kids carrying knives was increasing that NSW enacted more stringent laws covering the carrying of knives. Basically (and I think the situation is still the same) you could carry a knife as long as it was for work, sport or survival purposes. I used to carry a heavy steel clasp knife with a marlin spike, a commercial blade identical to the army issue (below)
...I got it because I occassionally had to work with ropes - sometimes we'd tie the trikes down onto an "S" truck (wooden sided, open topped freight wagon) and send them from one part of the state to another to start another run (ye Gods, I think they should stick me in the railway museum!). I went into the local "cop shop" and asked the police sergeant if I had a problem. He said that if I could show that I needed it for work I'd be ok and that the only question would be the marlin spike. In the end I decided that, whilst it was a great work knife, I just couldn't honestly justify carrying it as part of my everyday gear when I work in an office now. I now carry a small pen knife/nail clippers although I had a Swiss Card for a while - good idea but the plastic was too flimsy, might try one of the steel ones.
A good summary of what is legal over here is the Aussie Customs website which lists what you can import into the country. Some are obvious, where their only purpose is combat, but others are frankly ludiocrous - Paintball markers? Toy firearms? Laser pointers? If you are travelling be aware that airport searches are stringent and I have to even make sure my penknife is in my hold luggage. My late eighties mother-in-law, a great traveller, had her crochet hook taken off her when she was flying up to see us last time! I kid thee not!
I know that knife laws are a hot topic over there but Australia doesn't have the same traditions of freedom to bear arms as you do so we are more likely to see the trade-off between personal liberty and security.
Hope that helps.
n11pilot wrote:Igor, Couldn't you just show the cop your nautical rope, knot, and splice collection and count the knife as hobby equipment?
n11pilot wrote:All laws like that have one basic flaw in that only the law abiding will pay any attention to them.
Igor de LStok wrote:LOL! The desk sergeant was on my side, I think he commented that there was Buckley's [ie no chance] of getting the average cockie [farmer] from not carrying a work knife.
n11pilot wrote:Oh, I think we call those elastic bands "Sleeve garters". Sounds sexier than they are.
Igor de LStok wrote:Getting back to topic, I picked up my father-in-law's pocket watch after getting a new glass face fitted. I haven't had it appraised but I can tell you that it is an American Elgin watch which appears to have been made in 1942 from the serial number on the guts. As I think I've said, he was a Bridge Ganger at one point and I'm pretty sure it is a Victorian State Railways watch but I need to do a little more research into that. I remember that you could have a watch issued to you that you could pay off by having a small amount docked from your wages. He was also a "Digger" from WWII having served in Palestine and New Guinea but I think the army issue was a wristwatch.
confederate1956 wrote:As much as I love both Australia and the British Isles, "tough knife laws" will probably be the thing keeping me from visiting. Making _things_ illegal rather than going after criminals for what they do is an all too common cop-out from the powers that be. I agree with blackthorn, I'd definitely like to have a heads-up if that sort of draconian action happens here in the States.
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