Reader Amagi asks:
I’ll be moving back from Philadelphia (free-ish state) to the Garden State (not free state). Friends, Family, Work and my girlfriend are all reasons for my move. If I had my druthers, they would all move to Kentucky with me.
With that being said, I was wondering if you could do a review on EDC knives for those of us who live behind the iron curtain. We have several restrictions when it comes to knives: no locking device, size of the blade, assisted opening. These are “no nos” in the Garden state, as well as New York City.
I have a hard time finding a half-decent knife for EDC because a lot of the knives featured on TTAK and TTAG are illegal to carry for every day use in slave states. I normally just carry a SAK, but anything more would help.
As Screaming Sam Kinnison once infamously said about starving Ethiopians, “If you want to help them, don’t send them food; send them luggage.” The best EDC option for anyone in New Jersey is a one-way rental truck to GTFO.
The reason for this, and the sad answer to Amagi’s question, is that knives are not legal for everyday carry in New Jersey. Any contact with law enforcement can result in arrest, seizure and prosecution if you’ve got any kind of knife in your pocket. There are published reports of people being arrested for carrying a Swiss Army Knife or a multi-tool with a knife blade.
Until these laws are challenged or repealed, the Garden State is occupied territory. Live or travel there at your own risk, if you’ve got a knife in your pocket.
FYI, I’ll be blogging New York’s knife laws in the near future.