I have a question about the legality of a Benchmade Adam 275.
There are two points to consider.
One is the axis mechanism, which opens very easily. BUT you must operate the locking mechanism to be able to flip it open.
The other point is the blade length.
The law regarding the mechanism seems to be covered by this:
RE:But the fact these are legal to sell, and the fact that one must operate the lever to flip it out, makes me believe the mechanism is perfectly legal in WA. Further, if this isn't legal, the spring assist wouldn't be. So I'm thinking this mechanism is legal to have.RCW 9.41.250
Dangerous weapons — Penalty — Exemption for law enforcement officers.
(1) Every person who:
(a) Manufactures, sells, or disposes of or possesses any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slung shot, sand club, or metal knuckles, or spring blade knife, or any knife the blade of which is automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical device, or any knife having a blade which opens, or falls, or is ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by an outward, downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement;
(b) Furtively carries with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk, pistol, or other dangerous weapon; or
The second point is the blade length. This knife has a 3.8" blade. Some cities allow 3", some 3.5" max. and perhaps there may be some where longer are ok. And then there is a state law to consider too.
Anyway, what I'm wondering about length is, is it illegal to carry, period? or is it illegal to carry ONLY if concealed? If it's carried on you belt and visible, is that legal?
Seems kind of pointless to sell these in WA, if it's illegal to have it for any useful purpose. I mean it's not illegal to use for your kitchen knife but is there any situation where it's legal to have in your posession, outside the home? Unconcealed? Out hunting? Out in the woods or mountains for use as a tool? Is there any "legal" way to posess this knife, for any useful purpose, in WA? Anyone know for sure?
This is one of my favorite knives. It would be a shame to not be able to use it. It would be a bigger shame to be arrested for carrying it illegally.