They might say it's for safety, when it's actually an anti-shoplifting measure. I was buying a knife in Outdoor Emporium in Seattle and there was a sign on the counter that said something like "Due to the theft of some high value knives, they will be taken up to the register for you." However, the guy just gave me the knife(Cold Steel Ti-Lite 4") and I went to the register myself.Last week I was in Bi Mart looking for a new knife, the last one broke when I used it as a pry bar. I picked out a Kershaw Scallion told the clerk I would take it and started to walk away when I was informed that I could not have the knife in the store. The clerk looked down at my waist and said this is kinda stupid but it is a corporate safety policy. I said OK by me and was escorted to the register where the knife was handed over to the checker. The checker¬*took the knife¬*laughed and apologized for the silly rule.¬*The checker then stated that her husband had started to OC when he was walking the dog and I gave her an OC pamphlet. All in all a good OC experiance, but one of those¬* things that makes you go¬*HMMMMM.