I need a multi-city knife.
As a city resident, I’ve been following the issue of NYC carry at BladeForums. I got a chill when I read this comment from a knowledgable forumite:
“As I have posted many times before, as a Former NYC LEO, this is a valid arrest [referring to arrests for carry of "gravity knives" or "inertia knives"] and he [GarageBoy] was lucky that it was not the end of the month as he most likely would have been charged with the far more serious crime of a gravity knife (a Class A Misd with up to one day less than a year as a possible sentence). …in NYC if the blade can be flicked open at all it is a gravity knife. This INCLUDES holding the blade and flicking the handle open !!! I totally disagree with all of this, but when several people used the syderco type knives and flicked them open by holding the hole on the blade and flicking the handle open, the court has determined that this is also a gravity knife....just a warning, so don't kill the messenger....” –Tom19176.
http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showt ... 779&page=3
So my issue is this: I travel a lot, usually to large American cities. I’m searching for a “common denominator” knife I can carry to multiple US cities without doing hours of legal research specific to each city before each trip. I thought I had found the ideal type of travel knife, something from the Caly family. Now I’m questioning that. (I wish Spyderco posted some advice on this topic, along the lines of "This knife thought to be legal in these cities..." with an intersecting grid of knives and cities and countries.)
I really want this knife to be a lockback. Clearly we’ve learned from the GarageBoy Ordeal that it needs to be carried concealed. I’m questioning traveling with a blade that has a hole…it’s easy to flick the handle by holding the blade hole. I’m even questioning a wide blade that allows a LEO to grip the blade and snap the knife open. I fear I’m running out of Spyder options. Please tell me I’m wrong… do you have any advice?
Or more specifically, any advice that (1) doesn’t recommend I change my job and stop traveling to cities—I’m not going to change a career and relocate my extended family for knife carry desires. Telling me how wonderful your rural area is, compared to my urban area, really doesn’t address the issue and rest assured I already agree with you on that point; (2) doesn’t entail denouncements of laws or law enforcement, which (a) doesn’t help my predicament in the short term; (b) could turn off forumites whose opinions I want to hear; and (c) risks a thread shutdown if we “go there again.”
Forum moderators, feel fee to zap this posting if it’s off limits—no offense taken. I’m honestly looking for a way I can carry a Spyderco in multiple cities, if possible, and I think we need to address this “using the handle’s momentum to open the knife” issue.