Hi, I have a question concerning Knife laws in Illinois. I currently own a Ka-Bar straight bladed knife. It has a blade length of 7 inches and an overall length of about 12 inches (Standard USMC Ka-Bar). I am 19 years old.
As a person who loves the outdoors, I often find myself needing a knife for many situations from cutting fishing line, to preparing kindling for fires. I know this knife is a little overboard, but it is what I have and my budget is limited. I have been in Boy Scouts since I was old enough, and am well versed in proper use of knives. I do not hold any false views on thinking the knives I use are for protection or view myself skilled in using them as such.
My question is: Is it legal to carry this knife as long as it's in its sheath, and visible? I recently retired my old knife because it has seen better days, and I was wondering if it would be better just to go and buy something new to avoid any issues, or if it would be o.k to carry what I have.
Any help would be appreciated as I am going hiking this weekend, and dread being without such a useful tool as my knife.
I asked my brother who is a Sargent in the USMC, and he vaguely remembers an officer once telling him there is no length limit in Illinois as long as the knife is visible, but I wanted to double check and the things I found online, are less than helpful.
I do not live in Chicago if that is any help.