Q338: What is the definition of an offensive weapon?
The definition of an offensive weapon is any article made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person, or intended by the person having it with him for such use by him, or by some other person. (N.B. this definition includes a disguised knife).
It is an offence for any person who without lawful authority or reasonable excuse has with him in any public place any offensive weapon.
Where a particular knife is not deemed to be an offensive weapon, be aware that there is also a specific offence of having a bladed article in a public place. Please see Q337 for further information.