Carrying spring assisted knife in PA - your thoughts
I've done some searching in this forum for this specific topic. PA has got a lot of things right in regards to self defense but their knife law seems to be subjective to whoever reads it. I'm considering purchasing a Benchmade 580S that has a spring assisted mechanism (580-583 Barrage® AXIS®-Assist | Benchmade) yet is not a full auto push button like a Gerber (Gerber 06 Automatic Knife w/ G-10 Handle S30V Steel (Tanto SER) - Blade HQ).
Just to refresh the legalese that the PA knife law is..
"Offensive weapons." dagger, knife, razor or cutting instrument, the blade of which is exposed in an automatic way by
spring mechanism, or otherwise, or other implement for the infliction of serious bodily injury
which serves no common lawful purpose"
The law seems pretty clear that the Benchmade I'm interested in doesn't sit well with this law but I also have heard there are exceptions (not even considering Philly) that may put this knife in the clear. There are also old wives tales about being able to carry auto knifes if you are/have served in the military (which I currently am) and/or law enforcement. Any thoughts/comments?