I didn't know that. So say you are carrying a knife and someone on the streets comes at you and you pull it out, can you be the one in trouble since you are using it as a weapon or do you just claim self defense or something? I actually want to carry a knife cause it gets a little sketch in SF sometimes but I don't want to catch an extra charge just cause I think someone is trying to jack me and I take a stab at them.
CA has certain laws regarding carrying a knife. I was reading about carrying a blade the other day but I can't remember completely. I believe it either has to be a folding knife without any assisted opening mechanism (like a switchblade/spring loaded) or you can carry a fixed blade in a sheath visibly on the outside of your clothing. I always have a pocket knife in my car but that's mostly for utility rather than self-defense. Also there's certain limits such as the length of the blade depending where you go (like school/court house etc), but you obviously don't want to have any weapons on you when you go to those type of places lol.