I live in an unstable neighborhood. There was two attempted abductions very close to my house, and if I am in danger, I would like to defend myself.
A pocket knife is really not classified as a weapon, it is a tool, since it has legitimate purposes such as wood carving or cutting an apple. As long as it does not fit into the category of a Dangerous Weapon "per se". Certain items are considered dangerous simply because they are made solely to be used as a weapon, such as Chinese martial arts implements like: "nunchuks", consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope. In the case of knives, they cannot be double-edged, sharp on both sides of the blade. Nor can it be a stiletto, a knife with a long slender blade and needle-like point, primarily intended as a stabbing weapon. Or, a switchblade, a type of knife with a folding or sliding blade contained in the handle which is opened automatically by a spring.
Also understand that when you use it in a fight it will 'then' be considered a Dangerous Weapon because you are using it as a weapon to harm someone. Make sure you are in the right when you pull it out of your pocket.
I recall something about Worcester having an ordinance about knives, regulating length. You may want to check that out.
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Carrying a knife to protect yourself is a BAD idea. A knife if used to defend yourself would definitely qualify as a "dangerous weapon" since it's the way something is used not what it is that qualifies (Under MA law a SHOE on a foot can be a dangerous weapon). In addition, like any weapon, unless you are trained and know what you are doing the attacker is more likely to use it on you then you are able to defend yourself.
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