so then, does the threat have to be exressed or merely implied? if, in the example that you've given, during the altercation in the pub what if the man had simply stated that he had a knife in the car without actually threatening to use the knife. surely within the context of the situation the threatening behaviour combined with the mention of a knife could reasonably be taken as using a knife in a threatening manner. would the person then stand the possibility of being charged with possession of an offensive weapon? (irrespective of the length, style of the knife) if they would, then does it not follow that a person behaving in a threatening manner who happens to have a knife visible on their belt would also be liable for prosecution for possession of an offensive weapon, even if they never directly threaten to use it?