Hello from Seattle!

Hello from Seattle!

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    Hello from Seattle!

    Hi! My name is Olga Levin, I'm originally from Riga, Latvia. Most of my family is from Russia however, therefore my first language is Russian where as English is my 2nd. Anyhow, I'm not going to get into the long story of how my family came to this country although I am sure that my story will pop up in many of my responses later on. Depends on how often I'll be able to use these forums.

    One of the main things that I hope to learn more about from these forums are experiences from other people with carrying and using concealed weapons. Primarily my interest is with knives. I decided to upgrade my safety level today and went out and bought a 2.8 inch folding knife. Due to the fact that I ride to and from work and have to take the trail near the cemetery that is close to my house in pitch darkness because there are no lights (no worries I have good headlights.) I think that I made a pretty good decision.

    What prompted me to buy a knife are a series of near attacks where I could have easily become a victim. All of them on my way home or on my way to work. I've been debating about getting more than just pepper spray for a few years and have made more than one visit to Excalibur which is a knife store inside the mall near where I work. I also thought about getting one of those metal police style batons as well, you know the types that whip out with on strike of the hand? Anyhow, I think that those sticks are specifically reserved for our law enforcement, and after a closer examination of one at the local Blumenthal store they are too heavy and I'd need a special kind of bike mount to be able to carry it on my rides, something that doesn't even exist.

    I would like to know what the laws are considering carrying knives to work in the State of Washington. I took a look around the web and have found my state laws to be confusing in how they are written. I also hope to take a basic self defense course in using weapons as an added protection solution for my personal safety. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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    Hello............. Welcome. I carry Butterfly,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, but not the answer to your question. Give it a couple of minutes, and someone, or me will provide more specific info.

    As for knives, use sharp ones when cutting in the house (food), and use dull blunt ones when cutting others...............

    But, why do you need a knife, you live in almost a 'Gun Free Zone'... well at least they 'wish that' in Seattle but the rest of the State told them to .off...

    Anyway, a short (under 4 inch as you said under 3 inch) folding knife is OK.

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    Welcome from Delaware! Only problem with a knife, is that you have to be within reach of the aggressor.
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    hello, and welcome to the site from another Washington resident.

    my understanding (and i'm not a lawyer), is that fixed blade knives of ANY length are illegal for carry in Washington. folding knives must be three inches (3") or less in blade length to be legal to carry within the city of Seattle.
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    Welcome. The problem with WA knife laws is that each city can make their own laws, so Seattle is significantly more restrictive. I think you are ok with the blade you bought.

    Sensei 2 is correct. Concealing any fixed blade knife is illegal, but you can carry a fixed blade openly, like a belt holster, etc.

    Any length folding knife is OK by state law, but local laws may be more restrictive(seattle is 3" max).
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    Welcome aboard from the great state of Pennsylvania!

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    Hello! Welcome From Southeast Kansas!

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    Welcome. Can't help you with the knife thing, but you'll get good advice here.
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    Welcome, you are more likely to get an answer if you post your question in the "Defensive Knives & Other Weapons" section of the forum. There are many folks who don't follow the Welcome board.

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    Welcome from Wisconsin, Olga!

    As it's been posted above you can find knife information on the "Defensive Knife & Other Weapons" forum. I carry a Kershaw 3" folder but my main weapon is still a handgun. It's always best to check your state's concealed carry law for the types of weapons you're allowed to carry.

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