Barcelona winter sunsetWonderful! how are the Barcelona carry laws btw? Are they more relaxed in the south EU, compared to pretty much 0 tolerance up here in Sweden?
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no, they're almost zero tolerance here...
You'd better not pull out a 84 mm SAK blade to open a package, or a Leatherman tool's blade to get to your letter, cut open that clamshell plastic or trim a hanging string of your clothes.
The law is quite ambiguous (The last word is always on the officer that's questioning you, so if he has a bad day or feels like you're doing wrong he can arrest you for having a 1" blade, or a razor blade for that matter) and leaves lots of space for doubt, discussion and penalising.
If you're not weird looking, acting strangely or in a crowded area (disco, theme park, mall, theater) then you might
be forgiven for using or pulling out a SAK blade or smaller knife, but God forbid
you use a OHO folder, a flipper or a single blade knife bigger than your finger in public.
That's a granted fine, questioning and probable loss of your item plus monetary compensation, and even charges put against you.
It's sad indeed but the only context in which you could get away with carrying a fixed blade or a single blade knife of reasonable (2" or more) size would be in the outdoors, deep into the woods or on the middle of the mountains, and even then you'd better not scare away any passerby or anyone that happens to be nearby (neighbors, hikers...)
it's quite draconian really