2.5" knife for work at federal buildings

Pat Tarrant

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So, after a DHS employee got caught with a revolver in his pocket, I'm reconsidering my EDC at work (at a federal agency). I normally carry a multitool and a ZT folder, but neither really adhere to the 2.5" rule.

I'm researching whether or not fixed blades are kosher (I'm assuming not, but who knows), but does anyone have suggestions for a solid smaller knife? I'm also looking at smaller multitools, as they're generally more useful, but I'd like something stout, as well.
 
#4
The CRKT Burnley Obake Skoshi comes in at 2.4 inches. I have one of John Williams inspired folders and it has been great so far. As far as smaller multitool I have the CX Skeletool and it has been great so far.
 

MrMurphy

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I have one of Joe's original Hidden Key prototypes he gave me to test out (Reviewed on LF, before P&S existed I think). The Magni should be the closest thing he makes now to it. If fixed blades are allowed (being a fed building....i'd be hesitant) his smaller blades absolutely disappear under very nearly any type of clothing. My wife took it over after the initial test period and wears it basically every day for when she can't carry something better.

If I had to get a folder in that size range, I'd be considering any of the smaller Axis lock designs, or maybe a Spydero Copilot.
 

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As long as they fit my criteria of being permitted in federal buildings, non-metallic is fine. 2.5" is the maximum allowable. 2.6" is too much.
 
#8
I've been a federal employee for many years. Here's my take from the places I worked that were worried about knives (i.e. NASA and the FAA).

Basically ANYTHING will get an odd look, even ones under 2.5 inches or there about. I've never had anyone try to measure a knife I was carrying, but I did already have security giving me the evil eye just for having a folder clipped to my pocket (this was Johnson Space Center, and the location I worked was a test and production environment, so a knife wasn't an unexpected item there).

What I carried at JSC, because quite frankly I needed a knife in the job I had, was a Boker Subcom, Swis Army Cadet, and Spyderco Dragonfly (which is great because it locks and is under 2.5 inch). I don't recommend clipping to a pocket though.

My current job with the FAA supposedly has random metal detector searches. I haven't been hit for one. Again, there's a 2.5 inch limit, but I also know people who regularly carry a knife that size clipped to their pockets without any problem. Those people are using an assortment of ones they find at Cabela's or Academy Sports (don't know specific ones).

What I'd recommend. Get a thin Swiss Army 83mm Alox model (either a Cadet or Bantam) and keep in your pocket behind your keys. If you have a watch pocket, these fit nicely. I can fit an Alox Bantam nicely in my wallet coin pocket where it resides at work. If your security seems like they actually don't follow the 2.5 inch rule aggressively (and with layers of interpretation), use a Spyderco Dragonfly or the like clipped or not clipped.

Now if you really have security that follows the letter of the law, a more full sized 2.5 inch blade like the Spyderco Dice or Emerson Snubby would be a good choice.

EDITED TO ADD: A fixed blade, even at 2.5 inches, will probably get you in trouble with almost any federal building/site security. It follows the letter of the law, yes, but it could be added to the interpretation that it falls as a "weapon" even though by knife standards its under the blade length. I wouldn't suggest getting involved in that battle.
 

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Thanks, Hooah. I've been in my building for nearly 5 years. Pocket clip folders are pretty common if one notices such things. I'm just outside the Beltway and have no intention of going inside, if that makes any difference.
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For utility, I'm just going to get a small multi tool. I'm really thinking of a GITFO-DA from American Kami, if I can find one. But I'll look at those small locking blades.
 

Runcible

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#10
For what it’s worth: Benchmade’s SOCP-Mini was spec’d and designed specifically to address the CFR for federal buildings, and the statutes of certain restrictive locales such as the city of Boston and the state of California.

The change to the sheath’s clip reflects the different prioritization and purpose.

It’s a kunai, which has understandable concerns for some; but it’s also a production knife with the cost reduction and replaceability that goes with that.