The court was asked whether a grapefruit knife was a knife within section 141A. The magistrates were not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the article was a knife because it had a curved blade designed specifically for a single use and because it was distinct or different from a usual straight bladed instrument that in general usage characterises a knife. They also referred to the supplier’s evidence about the understanding of those who supply and market these instruments.
Held: ‘this grapefruit knife is a cutting instrument consisting of a blade with a sharpened longitudinal edge – it has two such edges in fact – fixed in a handle, and in my judgment it is a knife within section 141A(2) of the 1988 Act. ‘
Sir Anthony May P
 EWHC 3020 (Admin),  1 Cr App R 21
Criminal Justice Act 1988 141A
Updated: 02 March 2021; Ref: scu.426728