I have a knife that folds open. Its blade is about 3-4 inches long. It looks kind of like this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HR5G30?ref_=cm_cd_al_qh_dp_t

I was looking at New Jersey state laws regarding weapons. I would like to know if I could carry it. I do sometimes go into more dangerous towns in New Jersey or I´ll go in the woods or something. Here is what New Jersey law is for knives:

e. Certain weapons. Any person who knowingly has in his possession any gravity knife, switchblade knife, dagger, dirk, stiletto, billy, blackjack, metal knuckle, sandclub, slingshot, cestus or similar leather band studded with metal filings or razor blades imbedded in wood, ballistic knife, without any explainable lawful purpose, is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

Would this count as a stilleto? I know it is not a switchblade or gravity knife.

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    State and municipal laws on knives are quite volatile, and enforcement of them even more so. This would probably best be addressed by (frequently) checking a "knife rights" advocacy group that closely tracks these things. One example: knifeup.com/knife-laws – feetwet Aug 14 '15 at 3:05
  • It is not a stiletto en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stiletto – Dale M Aug 14 '15 at 4:08
  • New Jersey law terrifies me. I can't carry a gun so I figure a simple knife would be better than nothing. – munchschair Aug 15 '15 at 15:27

However, because New Jersey law allows for the possession of a dangerous knife, by those who have a legal purpose for owning them, any knife may be considered legal if owned for a “lawful purpose”. https://knifeup.com/new-jersey-knife-laws/

Might want to read the entire article, but it sounds to me like there are a lot of grey areas. Perhaps asking a local attorney might be best?

Still though, sounds to me like you can own and carry just about any knife as long as you can justify it's use. Also a hunting/fishing licence might offer a paper thin level of legal defense.

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