What is the Scout policy on the use of knives?
Knives should be
considered as a tool and treated as such. Those who are going to use
them should get training for their use, as you would for a saw or an
axe. Knives are an offensive weapon so great care should be taken when
dealing with them. When undertaking training at the Scout HQ, knives
should be taken to and from Scouts by an adult. When taking a knife to
camp, they should be securely stowed in the middle of the rucksack or
you consider a knife as a tool, then you should use the appropriate
tool for the job. The vast majority of Scout use will only require the
use of a pen or clasp knife, the cutting of string, cooking or
whittling. Where you have a larger task, such as splitting wood, a
larger knife such as a sheath knife may be appropriate. If you relate
this to axes, you would not use a hand axe to fell a tree, nor a
felling axe to split wood.
is an issue with regard to clasp knives and lock knives. A lock knife
is one where the blade stays open unless some mechanism is used to
close the blade. In the eyes of the Law, this is more of an offensive
weapon than a standard clasp knife because of this multiple action.
From a safety point of view, a lock knife can not fold onto the users
fingers and may be better.
carriage of knives is also to be considered. If a knife is considered
as a tool, you would only really carry the knife when there is an
expectation to use the tool, after all, you wouldn't carry an axe
around a campsite on the off chance of coming across some wood to
chop. Therefore, knives when not being used should be stowed away
until such time as they are needed. Legally, you are not allowed to
carry a knife in a public place without lawful authority or reasonable
excuse. A campsite, which may technically be private property as it is
owned by a District or County, is considered as public property because
of its use. Knives should not be carried unless they are going to be
used, and should be put away when not in use.