Updated: November 7, 2019

Arizona Knife Laws

If you live in Arizona you are in luck, Arizona has the best knife laws of all 50 states. There are no illegal pocket knives in Arizona.† Basically, you can own any type of blade you want and carry it concealed or in the open without worry. There are no municipal laws so you won‚Äôt have to worry about cops the next town over¬†harassing¬†you for something that is legal in your home town.

What is Legal/Illegal in Arizona

  • Pocket knives are legal.
  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Switchblades, gravity knives, Bowie knives, and stilettos are legal.
  • Knives of any length are legal.
  • It is legal for anyone over 21 to carry knives concealed.
  • It is illegal to not inform a police officer when they stop you that you are carrying a concealed knife when the knife is not a pocket knife.
  • It is illegal for someone under 21 years of age to carry a non-pocket knife concealed.
  • It is illegal to bring a knife into schools.

Outside of what is listed above, it is illegal to use a knife to commit a behavior that is already illegal. What this means is that it is illegal to rob a bank with a knife and you will be penalized more severely than if you robbed a bank without a weapon. You can read the law here.

What the Law Says

Deadly Weapon

§13-3101. Definitions

A. In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

1. ‚ÄúDeadly weapon‚ÄĚ means anything that is designed for lethal use.

I would say this includes any switchblade or other knife that is known to be used in combat situations, or would be considered ‚Äúlethal‚ÄĚ.


Concealed Carry

§13-3102. Misconduct involving weapons; defenses; classification; definitions

A. A person commits misconduct involving weapons by knowingly:

1. Carrying a deadly weapon except a pocket knife concealed on his person or within his immediate control in or on a means of transportation:

(a) In the furtherance of a serious offense as defined in section 13-706, a violent crime as defined in section 13-901.03 or any other felony offense; or

(b) When contacted by a law enforcement officer and failing to accurately answer the officer if the officer asks whether the person is carrying a concealed deadly weapon; or

2. Carrying a deadly weapon except a pocket knife concealed on his person or concealed within his immediate control in or on a means of transportation if the person is under twenty-one years of age.


In other words, don’t conceal carry a deadly weapon, and you’re good to go!


Removal of Municipal Knife Laws in 2011

In the old days, the State of Arizona had its own knife laws and individual cities would have their own knife laws as well. The result was that people were being charged with having illegal knives that are 100% legal in their home town.

In 2011 the State of Arizona preempted all municipal laws and, basically, made every type of knife legal. The new code was based off of the fact that the majority of knife owners used their knives as tools rather than weapons. The old laws were harming innocent citizens instead of criminals and were finally changed.

Conclusion on Arizona Knife Laws

If you are from Arizona, go buy Balisongs, gravity knives, Bowies, stilettos, and whatever else you want: you live in the coolest state in America. Just don’t use it for a crime.

I am not an attorney so take this article with a grain of salt. I am just a law student. Also, this is not legal advice, talk to an attorney if you want that.

Do you have any questions? Post it in the comment section below. We are also looking for an Arizona attorney who would like to do an interview about Arizona knife laws.

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  • Comments

  • Ryan says:

    If I don’t live in Arizona, can I still buy any of the knives mentioned above?

  • Joseph rohani says:

    If I am a minor and I own a knife of approximately 6 inches am I allowed to carry that knife on private property if I was not using it criminally or to have it is a vehicle with me travelling from one place to another that allows such a tool.

  • Luna says:

    Can i legally buy a knife at age 16? If not but someone buys it for me can i legally carrt it around places that allow it? Also, can i legally carry a mini swiss knife?

    • Alex Rath says:

      Luna you can legally carry a Swiss Army knife you just canít take it into to schools

    • John says:

      I love Arizona weapons laws! Got to be one the most free states in the Union! Kali on the other hand is a Socialist Dictatorship! Glad I don’t live there anymore! Cheers!

    • Dallas says:

      So as for buying no from what I know. I’m 17 and I live in Arizona. I was gifted a pocket knife and as stated above. Pocket knives are not considered weapons. They are tools. Minors may carry them concealed or open.

    • Hey Dallas;
      Thanks for the comment. The bigger issue is that every day cops will confront people carrying knives (even those that are doing nothing illegal) because of the situation. If a police officer feels something is a little “off”, they have the power to stop you and question (or hassle) you. For example, do you look scary and have a knife in a dark alley? Do you have shifty eyes when the officer walks/drives by and you look (to him) like you’re up to no good? They can make it tough for you. That’s my only comment with regards to “legal carry” issues that can become more complicated than just a “black and white” issue.

    • OB says:

      You have to be 21 to carry a knife? I’d really like to know what the reasoning is behind this law.

  • David Bruman says:

    Hi, i’m 17 and would like to know if I am allowed to carry a double edged Swedish AT4 Rocket launcher?

    • Hey David;
      If by “Swedish AT4 Rocket Launcher” you mean a small pocket knife with a 2-inch blade, then maybe… Although you may want to stay away from any police officers in a bad mood since they don’t take too kindly to minors brandishing weapons! I’d stay away from any weaponry as a teenager – you’re too close to potentially getting yourself a criminal record since Police officers can determine their idea of your “intent” while carrying a weapon, and if they think you may be up to no good, you’re screwed!

    • Shelby says:

      Hello I work in the hotel business third shift 11 pm to 7 am. I work in a part of Chandler Az. Is it legal for me to carry a knife at work?

    • Johnny says:

      Is carrying an automatic switchblade legal at age 21 as long as its concealed?

  • Benjamin Millitello says:

    Over 40. Visiting AZ. Carrying a 10.5in Bowie knife for clearing camp sites only. Kept inside my tent bag for protection from elements. Would take be over 15 sec to even get for any kind of protection need. Knives are tools only. Still need to inform police if asked? Am I legally able to carry if not from AZ?

  • Alan says:

    I’m 15 and thinking about carrying an automatic knife (double action knife). Is it legal?

    • Alex Rath says:

      You donít need to inform the police unless they pull you over and itís in your car or itís on you

  • Bobby Navarrette says:

    I have a survival cane, it is used for hiking but I use it for my cane at the moment. Is this legal to use in Arizona?

    • Jared says:

      im sorry to reply to ask i cant figure out how to comment seperately but is it legal for me a 16 year old male to carry a huntsman knife with a 6 inch blade in public if people can see it. Becuase it isn’t concealed it’s open.

  • Damian says:

    Released 2006-7 , 3.5 years.
    Can a P.possesor carry these knives in particularly a bowie knife?
    I’ve done research and it seems so, however I’m not trying to find out the hard way and waste any more years of my life behind bars over something so small!
    Ive asked cops and sheriffs and they’ve always said it’s ok but…..
    I would like to hear it from you. Please and thanks.
    Rights not restored yet.
    Completed dv case in 2015 that’s all.

    • Hey Damian;
      Thanks for your question. I can appreciate the research you’ve done and I sense you’re looking to stay out of trouble – a wise thing. However, our team here at knifeup.com does not include an attorney, but we all have the same opinion. No matter what our research turns up, we all say it’s better to get your answer from a Police chief in your jurisdiction. Even better is to consult a lawyer or paralegal in your state for a final answer on what you would be allowed to carry!
      Thanks for checking us out and we really do hope you get a clear answer that is legally accurate and binding.

  • Jack says:

    So im turning 21 in a couple of weeks and I have a balisong. So when I turn 21 it will be okay for me to have it in my pocket in public right? I dont usually have it on me unless I know I’m going to opening boxes for work.

  • Amos says:

    Hello I’ma 15 year old that lives in Arizona. I happen to make knifes and have gotten pretty good, well good enough in my opinion to start selling them. I was wondering if there are any laws against me selling my stuff to other minors? I could only find info about adults selling to minors, which was more about store policy and not really a law. Hence all different stores have different policys. Any info helps so thanks

  • Clayton Vargas says:

    Is a karambit technically a pocket knife

    • Hey Clayton;
      In my strongly held opinion, a karambit is not technically a pocket knife. If you were to get checked by a cop for carrying a knife, the officer would make a distinction between a pocket knife (which is common for activities like camping, hiking, wilderness trips, hunting, etc.) and a karambit (whose ONLY purpose is to rip and tear flesh). You’d have a tough time convincing police officer that you’re carrying a karambit for cutting fishing line while you’re walking down a dark alley on the South Side!
      Just my thoughts!

    • Carsen Sargent says:

      Folding karambit, yes. Fixed karambit, no.

  • Lilly Crittenden says:

    My granddaughter is 20 and collects folding knives. Sometimes she has as many as 5 in her backpack. Also, she’s in college, can she take a knife there in her backpack?

    • Hi Lilly;
      Technically, as I read the law, it says that while she CAN carry a pocket knife, it can’t be on school grounds. I’m not sure how she would get caught unless they have metal detectors at the college or she proudly brandishes it and shows all her friends. So, if she’s a responsible young lady, I’m not sure any judge would throw the book at her, but I don’t see any reason she would ever be “caught” with it if it’s discreetly and safely stowed away for emergencies only. Just my thoughts!

    • Alex Rath says:

      In her dorm yes but not into the university building.

    • David Hernandez says:

      It depends on the campus. At ASU you can legally carry any knife with a blade length under 5 inches as they classify it as a “Personal Safety Device”. Not sure about other college campuses.

  • Knifel says:

    Oh for the love God people READ THE DAMN ARTICLE FOR YOUR ANSWERS

    • I would have said it with a little more diplomacy and gentleness, but I appreciate your candor – and I agree!
      thank you Mr/Mrs Knifel! … and for the capital G in God!

    • Richard Babin says:

      Do you know if it’s legal to carry a concealed double-edged fixed blade knife in AZ? Thanks!!!

    • Hey Richard.
      Thanks for writing. I’ve updated the Arizona knife law summary on knifeup.com to be a little clearer on the topic of concealed carry. Technically the answer is NO, it’s not legal to conceal carry a “deadly weapon” which is defined as any weapon that is designed for “lethal” use which would include nearly anything doubled-edged. At least that is my interpretation of the situation. I’m not a lawyer in Arizona, so I wouldn’t take my word for it, but for what it’s worth, I’d conceal carry only something that could be seen as a pocket knife.

  • Dino says:

    OK so if I’m 18 and buy a pocket knife does it just have to be concealed at all times? Cause I would want to carry for protection due to some things personally. Also would I even be able to buy a pocket knife legally under 21?

  • Alex says:

    I’m 11 and looking into buying a shuriken would that be legal

    • Rob Meyers says:

      Guys…as the article states: the ONLY two times in Arizona that a knife is NOT legal is 1) a person under 21 years of age carries a concealed NON-pocket knife; 2) anybody having a knife at school…thatís IT!

    • Alex Rath says:

      At your house yes in public no.

  • Rafael P.A says:

    is a Tom Brown tracker knife legal in arizona?

  • Wolf says:

    In the state of South Carolina it is legal to own, possess, open carry any knife and conseal carry any knife except a Bowie, even if you are a (FELON).
    So, are FELONS allowed to carry knives in the state of Arizona?
    Will someone please reply.
    Thank you ??

  • Jay says:

    What about ballistic knives spring loaded and can shoot from the knife . Is it legal to own in Arizona and carry?

  • 123454321 says:

    Hello, my younger brother who is 15 years old just got suspended for having a pocket knife with a blade about 2.5 inches long. He had it in fear that he was going to be jumped due to harassment going on at school. He is suspended for the whole semester, yet nothing is happening to these boys who have made him feel the need to carry. what actions can i take?

  • Jacob says:

    Hey can a 16 year old carry a knife of the size. 11.5 inches on his hip with a sheath. Damascus steel.

  • Aidan says:

    I am 13 and have a Balisong how do I carry it

  • Cody says:

    I am 15 would I be able to openly carry a karabit as long as my first finger it sits around my neck in front of my chest please get back to me thank you

  • TS says:

    So it is legal for someone under 21 to open carry non-pocket knives?

  • Charles says:

    Where is a good place to sell a Boker Sturgis Anniversary knife ? It’s one of 1300 made. Selling for $260.00

  • JB says:

    Oh yea, I forgot schools too. That’s a no brainer. Also keep in mind that AZ does have a ‘declaration law’ (ARS 13-3102.A1B) regarding deadly weapons; That my friends applies to knives too, why yes it does say: “except a pocket knife” but many attorney’s will tell you just declare it to the officer. Most of us remember what happened on 9-11-01. Those were just mere tools right? Random box cutter that Wal-Mart employees tote? We all know that a locking blade “pocket knife” is just as deadly as a fixed blade. So just be clear about it. You’ll get it back at the end of the stop.

    If you are stopped by the police and asked about ANY weapons on your person or within a means of transportation, you must accurately answer the question. Police here aren’t like the UK, they don’t get too amped up when your honest. Lying, or other deceit will cause you issues; legally and otherwise. So, play nice and you may just leave with a warning or “have a nice day”.

  • Charles Yager says:

    Where can I throw knives without getting harrassed by police? Twice now I’ve had them stop me and run my name and all that. I was throwing at a tree, nobody around. It was in parking lot of closed business away from everything.

  • Alonso says:

    If your under 21 you can carry?

  • John swanson says:

    If you are under 26 can you still carry a pocket knife in pocket?

  • Raymond says:

    What about swords?

  • Marcel says:

    what if you pull a knife on someone can you join the military?

  • R603 says:

    This is why I love living in Arizona! It really is one of the states with more proper freedom. I make swords for ren festivals and myself. Plus self defense cane swords are really cool.

    The first sword I ever made is an eight pound monstrosity of a long sword that has one side kept absolutely as blunt as possible, while the other side is sharpened. That way I can actually cop bricks with the blunt side of the sword with ease without damaging it at all. [I have decent muscle mass, so I can swing this baby all day and man is it fun.]

  • Brianna says:

    So axes are good too, right?

  • Isaiah says:

    Is it legal for an 11 year old to buy a pocket knife in arizona?

  • David says:

    Are there age restrictions towards buying a knife?

  • Michael Pipe says:

    Sir, I have a Martial Arts Fighting Knife I carried in San Diego, California for ten years, back in the early 70’s, with NO problem ever. If the police wanted to talk to me they’d ask me to place it on the ground & talk to them. Easy. I’d REALLY like to move to Arizona but I want to be sure I can carry my blade again. I don’t need or desire to carry concealed. Because of some earlier problems I can’t carry a firearm. THIS is my only choice. (Oh, yeah. Can I carry a sword? Just wondering.) Thank you for your time helping this 65y.o.

  • Rj says:

    Is it legal under Arizona state law, to carry in public openly or concealed, a ballistic knife? Not regarding federal law, just state law in AZ.

  • Christopher Lindbloom says:

    I am a felon is it legal for me to carry a knife.i have heard yes and no I need it for work,as I own a knife sharpening buisnesz. I guess my question is are there laws prohibiting specifically felons from owning and carrying a blade?

  • Cody says:

    Are OTF knives legal to carry in Arizona

  • Sam says:

    Can a 13 year old carry a fixed balde not concealed. Thanks.

  • Kevin Tapia says:

    What about brass knuckles?

  • Gill says:

    So if I just want to carry a katana while I walk my dog down the street, this is ok?

  • John says:

    How old do you have to be to buy one

  • Seth says:

    it says any length, learn to read

  • Lit fam says:

    Thatís considered a pocketknife

  • Alex Mohawk says:

    Are Knuckle knives legal in Arizona?

  • Don Branin says:

    What if youíre a x convict who has not been on parole since 2007 ? What are the laws for me? What size blade can I carry legally?

  • Richard L. Irvin says:

    What are the laws reguarding felons carrying a knife?

  • logan says:

    Yes you can carry any knife at any length as long as your older than 21 just don’t bring it in airports or school or any other place that has an restriction on weapons but if your younger than 21 you can only conceal
    a pocket knife

  • Luis porchas says:

    Are automatic knives good?

  • Luis porchaa says:

    Are Automatic knives good?

  • Aiden Drake says:

    I am under 21, can I legally carry an assisted opening knife?

  • Ryan says:

    If I am under the age of 18 is it legal to carry a knife in my car?

  • Ryan says:

    If I am under 21 can I Cary s knifes incmy car?

  • Trystin Jouett says:

    are automatic knives legal in arizona

  • Joe says:

    What happends if you get caugt with a spring assisted knife under the age of 18?

  • Caitlin says:

    I’m 12 am I allowed to carry a folded poker knife

  • Ben says:

    once I was traveling and at the airport when going through security I got stopped and they searched my bag. They found a balisong bottle opener training knife. I told them they could take them if they had to but when the guy asked his boss they said I could keep them. I figure if the airport security will let me carry balisong training knives on an airplane that they are most likely legal to own.

  • Jed says:

    I’m 18, can I carry a knife not concealed of course

  • Anthony William Padilla says:

    is it illegal to carry a sword and if it is where can i get a permit for it?

  • Mallory Peshlakai says:

    Im 18 and I recently bought a pocket knife. It said, “It is illegal for someone under 21 years of age to carry a non-pocket knife concealed.” Just to make sure I’m reading it correctly, does that mean anyone under the age of 21 can’t carry any other type of knifes except for a pocket knife that is concealed?

  • Robbie Palmer says:

    Are concealed dagger (double edged blades legal in Arizona?

  • Issac says:

    What category do swords go under?

  • ArizonaPaul says:

    Are sword canes legal to carry?

  • rhys says:

    can 13 year olds have krambits?

  • Jim McKnight says:

    Carry into a bar?

  • Nick says:

    So it’s legal to carry any knife not consealed

  • Mike Aijlman says:

    I’ve lived in Arizona off & on since 1985, & no state has better knife or fire arms laws than here. Open carry or conceal carry is legal, & no permits are required.

  • Andres says:

    Im 17 and have a pocket knife that i have in my car can i carry it?

  • Liz says:

    Are push knives a illegal federally or illegal in the state of Arizona? Both?

  • tyler1 says:

    Is it okay to carry around my 45 inch Bastard Sword? It’s sharpened and I have a sheathe.

  • Alfonso says:

    I am under 21 how can i legally carry my knife? Does it have to be visible?

  • Aaron says:

    I live in Mesa Arizona

  • Gerry Adams says:

    Just celebrating the freedom of living in Arizona… Today, I’m going to see a US Cavalry ride-by. Which knife should I carry with my Government 1911? A Bowie? A SOG Pentagon?

    Or what about a blade to go with my Tech 9 and Chuck Taylors… ideas?

  • Aaron says:

    Can I carry a 5 inch fixed knife that’s attached to my belt not concealed?

  • Patrick says:

    Is it legal for a felon to carry a knife in the state of AZ?

  • mr.T says:

    thank you

  • J says:

    Yes ALL knives are legal in AZ.

  • Patrick Card says:

    Talked to a leo about knives. He said butterflies and automatics are still illegal in AZ. This was about a week ago.

  • Jaime n\a Martinez says:

    What abut a soviet ballistic knife? What if I carry a Bowie knife on an open hip, or leg sheath?

  • Casey says:

    Can I open carry a karambit if I’m only 18?

  • Christian Gaxiola says:

    Katana swords are 40″ btw

  • Christian Gaxiola says:

    I have a couple of katana swords , shurikens and kunais are they legal to have ?

  • Ozzie says:

    How about sword canes?

  • Klay says:

    Knifes of any length includes a sword. As long as you call it a knife when they pull you over. The only thing i didnt see mentioned in this article is whether or not it was illegal to carry a knife as a tool if you are banned from having weapons. Also, where does the line get drawn from “tool” to “weapon” aside self incrimination. Is that line considered use of bodily harm or intent there of?

  • Copper says:

    Yeah i live in Phoenix A.Z. A great state, where i carry my machetee.

  • david says:

    I have a knife carrier. Is it legal Idk If in reach and showing on the side of my motorcycle. I am under 21

  • Dustin says:

    Is it OK for children to carry pocket knives around besides at scool?

  • lari says:

    Can you flip your switchblades in public?

  • Stephanie Carter says:

    Is it illegal to carrie throwing stars?

  • Dl070898 says:

    I’m 18, I have 2 pocket knives. And I’m curious if I can carry them concealed, but only will pop it out if needed for ANYTHING, is that illegal?

  • Josh says:

    My Son is 23 and wants to know if he can legally carry a butterfly knife?

  • Zac says:

    Are trench knives with a full knuckle guard legal. Many companies sell folder style trench knives

  • L says:

    Is it legal for someone under 21 to carry a dual bladed pocket knife?

  • Nikki Boudreau says:

    Can I carry my hatchet around in my hand at night for protection

  • Jacob Isaias says:

    I am under the age of 21, am I allowed to carry a pocket knife which is not concealed? (Such as having it clipped to my Pocket and clearly visible)

  • Gavin says:

    If you look in the article you will find all those answers

  • orlando says:

    is it self defense if you use a knife on someone that is chasing an fighting you with a group of people?

  • James says:

    I live in Arizona, all knives are legal. Larger ones may raise suspicion like machetes, but are not technically illegal. Carry what you want, just realize that Arizona also has very lenient gun laws especially concealed carry. Almost anybody can carry a gun.

  • Skyler says:

    how old do you have to be like 13+ or what to carry a practice Balisong knife

  • Jacob says:

    is it legal to get a balisong trainer knife in az

  • Quinn says:

    My main question is whether or not you can carry a machete and if it’s qualified as a tool or weapon?

  • Daniel Capitano says:

    What about swords?

  • Daniel says:

    I’m 14 is it ok for me to carry a pocket knife?

  • David Cross says:

    That is to say without permit.

  • David Cross says:

    Can a person carry concealed Tops Anaconda concealed or open in Arizona?

  • Steven says:

    Can I carry a WWII double edged bayonet?

  • Nightwolf says:

    OK so I’m 18 and I have just recently bought a Bowie knife it’s 12 inches and I want to know for a fact that I can carry it I’m gonna be 19 soon bit just want to make sure.

  • Xavier Sotelo says:

    That’s what I’m trying to know too. Been searching all morning for that answer. Every page just says you can pretty much carry a majority of any knife. I know there’s a law with how long of a knife you can carry.

  • merrik says:

    do i have to inform a police officer if i get pulled over of a pocket knife?

  • merrik says:

    im 13 and i carry a pocket knife. am i breaking the law because of my age?

  • Jacob says:

    I’m 13and own a bowie kife is it legal for me to carry it in public non conceadled

  • John says:

    Is it legal to carry a buck knife 8″ fix blade in car by driver seat next to door

  • Kevin P says:

    I suggest you talk to a police officer if you have a knife not expressly identified above. I have a feeling the reply you get will, be no different than was reported here. I currently open carry a 6 inch tactical blade in a drop holster simultaneously conceal carrying an array of knives. Thats whats on me physically. In my EDC bag I conceal carry an assortment of knives and multi-tools. I have had encounters with the polkce (giving statements or stopped for driving infraction) without ever being asked to remove it or produce anything I might conceal carry. When officers ask I tell them the truth and thats where it ends. Use common sense and ask law enforcement for their advice and you’ll do fine.

  • Michael Zimpleman says:


  • Michael Zimpleman says:

    What are the for felons carrying an automatic opening knife, like a stiletto? Is that legal?

  • carvell says:

    are double edged knives legal?

  • Jacob H. says:

    Is it legal for someone under the age of 21 to carry a knife if it is NOT concealed? Say, hung by the belt loop or held in another external carry pocket.

  • James says:

    I have a Scheffield Rogue that I want to carry around for my safety do you think that is legal to carry around in the open that’s all I want to know thank you

  • Kat says:

    Is there a length restriction?

  • Chance Hart says:

    What is the law for knife/style of that a felon can carry?a friend was pulled over that lost his rights to bare arms in the state of Arizona.the cops took his k-bar but did not arrest him.are there laws that state what he can and can’t have?

  • Edward Delara says:

    Is it legal for a 14 year old to have a pocket knife?

  • Ryan says:

    I have a karambit with an underarm sheath and I am 20 turning 21 in November am I ok or do I need to wait to carry it?

  • Jeremy says:

    Is it legal for a 13 year old to carry an balisong? not concealed.

  • Brayden says:

    Is it legal to own a karambit. I’m 15 and I don’t want to have something I can’t own legally

  • Jerry says:

    Are tomahawks legal to carry in puplic? Like in a sheath on my belt?

  • Scott Marshall says:

    in Arizona is it illegal to defend yourself with a gun if you are being robbed by a person using a knife?

  • Ted Leonard says:

    What is the 2011 Arizona Statute that legalized the carrying of all types of knives?

  • Charles Gervin aka-(Shaggy) says:

    I’ve always thought from past experience in other states, if your knife is longer than the spread of the palm of your hand, the knife was not legal to carry whether concealed or not. I carry my Roger 9mil on my hips every time I leave my house but I usually carry a knife as a cutting tool as well. I just traded a small locking pocket knife for this nice Bowie knife that is a Large Rambo style knife. I guess feedback is what I’m counting on to find out if I can carry a large knife on my hip or if I have to save it for camping trips only. I’m no criminal and don’t have a criminal history so having weapons on me is all legal as far as my background goes. I hope to get good and positive feedback for an answer. This knife I got is cool to show off and that’s besides being a deterrent to avoid getting robbed or jumped in this crazy state of Arizona.
    Feedback please???

  • Johny Rivera says:

    I just bought a machete 9.9 inches 25.1 centimeters. Can I carry it in Arizona?

  • Tony says:

    I’m looking to buy a offensive (sharpened ) butterfly knife can I carry that in my pocket when I leave the house
    PS I’m under 18

  • Joe says:

    Can you go to AR and purchase an knife with an CA ID

  • Nick says:

    I’m currently 16 and I love to carry and collect knives but I want to know if its legal for me to carry a fixed blade that has a 6 1/2″ blade (non-concealed).

  • George says:

    Wait so how old do you have to be to carry a non concealed knife?

  • Frank says:

    Is it OK if I’m 13 and have a pocket knife even if I don’t take it in public

  • Sebastian says:

    Is it legal to cross the border with a knife

  • Rogelio Valdez says:

    am i ok at 18 to openly carry a machete

  • Arctodus says:

    Tennessee changed the knife laws in 2014 making any knife legal, open or concealed, of any length.
    I am visiting Arizona and am pleasantly surprised to see this article.

  • Edward says:

    Is it okay to carry a balisong trainern public?

  • Manuel Hernandez says:

    i’m 26 and i have a multitool which has a knife and a smaller knives under 5in is that ok to carry?

    • Zach says:

      If you’re over 21 you can carry any kind of knife, as it states.

    • Michael says:

      Knives of any length are legal.

    • Jonathan Stewart says:

      I’m 14, does anyone know if the law says anything about open carrying a fixed blade? Like a neck knife?

    • Neil Gaman says:

      This thing literally said anyone of any age can carry any knife, even an automatic, on them concealed without consequence. You can do pretty much whatever you want with knives in AZ.

    • Jack says:

      Any knives are ok to carry in Arizona. But if you are carrying a fixed blade concealed and you are under the age of 21 that is illegal

    • Victor Creed says:

      Yes, this is fine, as long as you are in Arizona. I’m not sure about the other laws in other states but I know that this is fine IN AZ

    • Boyer Udum says:

      People who ask questions regarding knives, that have been clearly explained within the above article, are not subject to either jail, nor prison time since no actual law has been broken. They are, however, being placed in a statewide database for roadside brain scans should they be stopped by law enforcement. Please read the above article clearly, before posting your question, and avoid the embarrassing roadside brain scan.

    • Braden says:


    • JB says:

      Yes, there aren’t any laws here in AZ that govern knives except ARS 13-3120 as previously mentioned in this article. Obviously, there are venue’s that you can’t have knives in like NFL, NBA, MLB, concert some concert’s etc. Certain government facilities; courts, jails, PD stations and most obvious of all; AIRPORTS. Don’t carry a knife in your carry-on, you will lose it. Just stick them in your checked bag and you are good to go.

    • Alex Rath says:

      Yes that is legal everywhere

  • SheriffAlex34 says:

    I’m 13 And I have a fixed blade winchester with I guess you can call a belt sheeth Can I carry it on my person conceled or non conceled.

    • Aidan says:

      I am also 13 on the what if I have a Balisong you have to open carry your fixed

  • Landinator says:

    I am 16 and own a double bladed folding dagger that I keep in my house away from public only to be used in the most of extreme cases would that be allowed the blades about 4 inches by itself

  • Jake says:

    I am 16 I have a 12 inch overall ka-bar as long as it is visual able can I carry it because it was a gift

  • Aiden says:

    I’d like to know about tomahawks

    • Jake says:

      I read that tomahawks r legal to have for sporting events such as camping,hiking,and hunting

  • somerandomclique says:

    hello so i am under the age of 21 but i have a balisong with a blade under 4 inches so i know i have to carry it unconcealed but do i have to carry it in my hand or can i have it on a belt but i dont have any intentions on opening it in public unless i really feel like flipping

  • cordel says:

    Im 16 and i have a sword of 28 inches is it alright to carry to a public place for protective purposes? (Also it is in the sheath)

  • Kelly Rae Pisano says:

    My 19 year old son carries a SOG Gambit with a 2.58 blade in a shealth and today he was told by an “acting” security guy that it’s considered a weapon and he needs to remove it and put in the car. I have read the laws however I would like to get a little more input. Thank you for your time.

    • Thiel says:

      Did it happen at school by any chance? The Gambit is not a pocket knife, so you can’t bring it to school.

    • Kelly Rae Pisano says:

      It did not happen at school. It was at church but both him and I are on the security team. What is it classified as?

  • Adrian Aguilar says:

    Is it legal to carry ninja swords?

  • Mike Reaves says:

    Arizona will be the last place a muslim terrorist wants to visit.

  • Wyatt Dufresne says:

    I’m 14 and i have a butterfly knife with over a 4 inch blade is it not considered concealed if it has a pocket clip?

    • Aiden says:

      if your talking about clipped and the knife is inside your pocket then that’s concealed

  • andrew sanchez says:

    Well, how about an axe in your car can you keep it there if your at least 18?

  • Anthony Cota says:

    is it legal to carry a machete in arizona

  • Thorin Ochs says:

    So its legal to carry a multi tool concealed or not,under the age of 21 (im turning 15 this year)?

  • Sick As Jish says:

    So I’m 13 and I have a 12 inch bayonet, would I be able to open carry it or not?

  • Soulforger says:

    I’m 14 and I bought kunai can I conceal carry them or not.

  • Matthew Carlill says:

    And what about a bayonet now that there is not concealed handgun license requirements

  • Matthew Carlill says:

    Is a sword the same as a knife I now they are both blades but we’ll on is usually not more than 9″ the other is about 4′

  • Iwouldrathernotusemyrealname says:

    I am 14 and I own a 3.5 in pocket knife can I carry it concealed?

    • jimbro44 says:

      Yes. The limit is either 4 inches or 3.5 ( I think I’ve read both) but either way its legally not considered a knife, it’s technically a “knife shaped tool” in AZ so you should be perfectly fine, just make sure you tell and officer, especially if he’s about to search you.

  • Michael Stacy says:

    I am 16 and if I have a 12 inch knife and the handle is under my shirt is that legal

    • jimbro44 says:

      The HANDLE under your shirt? so the sharp part is sticking up? I think (hope) I’m confused… As long as the knife is displayed since you are under 21 and the knife is larger than 4 inches (I believe that’s the cutoff, it’s either 3.5 or 4 inches). Your best bet is display it in a carrying case that clips on your belt, or anywhere visible… If you mean the handle is covered by your shirt but the blade sticks out down past that, I would guess that’s considered visible but that may be a gray area. My advice: ask a lawyer or (easier solution) get a sheath for it.

    • Mike says:

      Typically concealed means if it is covered at all. So a weapon (knife) partially covered by your shirt could be construed as concealed. To be safe make sure the entire knife is visible. – In a sheath that is designed to protect the blade should be fine, so long as the sheath is not designed to conceal the blade to appear as something other than a knife.

  • PSSA says:

    As Crockodile Dundee says,”that’s not a knife”,THAT’S A KNIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rick says:

    Im 13 and i bought a karambit at a big five in Arizona they let me with parental consult so is that legal.

    • Christine Westbrook says:

      It is legal to own and carry, but it is not a pocket knife, so don’t carry it concealed.

  • Andrew Giordino says:

    I just bought a straight blade overall is 12 inches the blade is 7. So if I have it in the sheath and strapped to my waste I won’t get in trouble?

  • TimVandeWalle says:

    do the same rules apply for tourists from Europe ?

  • josh lucero says:

    are karambits legal

  • Ruben Hernandez says:

    Is it illegal for someone under 21 to own a non pocket knife

  • Ruben Hernandez says:

    Can someone under 21 carry a non pocket knife unconcealed??

  • Rockenwoof says:

    I live in Arizona and i’m underage to carry a concealed knife. I want a butterfly knife and I don’t know if I can have it closed in sight on my belt or I have to have it open?

    • jimbro44 says:

      unless you find a butterfly knife that’s 4 inches or under, you have to carry it Unconcealed and in clear view. The definition of a knife under 4 inches legally isn’t a “knife”, its a “knife shaped tool” which is way underaged people can carry it concealed.

  • Zack says:

    Im 16 and just bought a butterfly knife, am I able to carry it on me legally? thanks.

    • jimbro44 says:

      unless you find a butterfly knife that’s 4 inches or under, you have to carry it Unconcealed and in clear view.

  • Ben says:

    I have a quick question. I’m 15 and I own a knife with a blade just over 2 and half inchs. A: Can I carry it? B: It has a clip so it hangs in my pocket and you can see the clip when its in my pocket, would that be considered a ‘concealed weapon’? Thank you.

    • Antonio says:

      You should be good if you always have part of it showing. Keep in mind that one police officer may be different from another. Be safe and never reach for a knife when talking to a police officer.

  • austin says:

    What about carrying swords and such. What are the laws on that.

  • larry says:

    I was wondering if it is illegal to carry a 27 inch sword in Arizona

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  • Kelsey says:

    I have wondered if you could carry them in public now I know… The most thing I wondered about was the age you have to be to buy a machete. Yes I’m only 13 and a girl but I used my friend’s machete to go through the woods and make paths. I’m also terrified of snakes and we have a bunch of them and one time I didn’t have the machete and I almost got bit. Even though I’m a girl it doesn’t mean I don’t have a right to own a machete…What age do you have to be to purchase a machete?

  • ipscshooter says:

    I don’t believe this statement is correct.

    “ēIt is illegal to not inform a police officer when they stop you that you are carrying a concealed knife when the knife is not a pocket knife.”

    I believe that is only illegal if an officer asks if you have deadly weapon and fail to accurately inform.

    From A.R.R. 13-3102

    “(b) When contacted by a law enforcement officer and failing to accurately answer the officer if the officer asks whether the person is carrying a concealed deadly weapon;”

  • Ray N says:

    I took an 8 day self course. You do not want to be in a knife fight, but better to have one than not. We had an exercise using magic markers and could only “cut” with the tip most everyone cut themselves at least once. Even some one well train will most likely be injured.
    see 21 foot rule read both parts:

  • Echo Sierra says:

    Your average multitool carries a hefty blade. A tool kit in your pocket. And if you’re worried about self-defense against an atracker with a knife, I’ve never seen anyone stopped for packing a large crescent wrench.

    • BG says:

      …and I’ve never seen anyone PACKING a large crescent wrench. BECAUSE IT’S A LARGE CRESCENT WRENCH! Oye.

  • Keith says:

    Sounds like New Hampshire knife laws except New Hampshire doesn’t call you a child until you reach the age of 21. Maybe someday AZ will catch up to NH with sane, rational knife laws ūüėČ

  • ddog says:

    so im 16 and live in az, so can I carry a 3.5inch pocket knife with me?..thanks to whoever answers this I just cant seem to find answers anywhere else

  • Brian_W204 says:

    Couple of typos above you should correct:

    “it is illegal to use a knife to commit a behavior that is already legal” should be “it is illegal to use a knife to commit a behavior that is already illegal”

    “made every time of knife legal” should be “made every type of knife legal”

    • Sam says:

      Hey so I’m 14 and I’ve got this nifty brass knuckle/switchblade thing. Is it legal for me to carry this, concealed or not?

  • Glenn Jacobs says:

    Way many years ago I bought a ton of government surplus parachute harness. Behold, a paratrooper’s switchblade knife.

    In those days, I believed what I saw on TV, and that it was a felony to possess such a terrible weapon.

    I was terrified I would be sent up the river, so I called the police to come and take it away.

    The kindly “Mayberry” type police officer informed me that switchblade knives were legal in Arizona even then.

  • Airborne 71 says:

    I live in Arizona and did not know the law here ,and had not been carrying one for that reason, Thanks for the good info. I own a “Neck Lance” knife as well its meant to be worn around the neck and can be easly concealed .

  • quickdraw says:

    I have a ‘short machete’ with a 10′ blade which I have used when either camping or hunting. What’s the difference between a large knife and a ‘short machete’? Is a machete, which is a basic tool, regarded the same as a large knife by authorites?

  • ryan says:

    I’m 18 and I own 6 inch knife yes cops will be pissed if your carrying a bowing knife like mine or th 12 inch knife. So jusy hide it on u if u carry it and if they stop u and ask just u u can ether be honest and hope for the best or denie them access to your belongings I personally think enyone 18 and over it should be legal but wharve

    • jimbro44 says:

      you’re also 18 and the legal age for concealed knives is 21 so maybe that’s why they were pissed.. All you had to do was display it, and let them know (in case they didn’t see it) that you have a knife on you.

  • Israel Campillo says:

    Hi I had a few questions, I’m 17 years old and i’m thinking of carrying a knife, ever since my friend was assulted walking back from a friends house. Me as a minor would I be able to open carry a 12 inch (overall) knife. Thank you for your time.

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