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California Knife Law

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California has relatively friendly knife laws, but as you can expect, with large urban centers like L.A. and others, there are some differences between urban laws and restrictions in other regions. Unlike other states who’s knife law is out of date, California’s is modern and up-to-date. This article will talk about what is legal, illegal, and in the gray area concerning knives in California.

Legal Knives in California

  • Bowie knives are legal.
  • Large knives are legal (no restrictions in size).
  • Carrying knives in the open is legal in California.
  • Carrying knives concealed is legal in California for most knives.

Illegal Knives under California Knife Laws

  • Misleading knives are illegal. These include cane knives (and shobi-zues), lipstick knives, belt knives, air gauge knives, and pen knives.
  • All undetectable knives are illegal. These include knives that won’t set off metal detectors.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.
  • Switchblades with a blade over 2 inches long are illegal to carry (see penal code section 21510)
  • Daggers and Dirks are illegal to carry concealed

What the law is trying to get at are knives usually used by criminals to commit crimes. These are knives that don’t look like knives or don’t have a use as a tool. For example, you typically don’t do much with a dagger other than stab things.

Here is an overview (non-exhaustive) of illegal knives as per the California Penal Code pertaining to knives:

  • (c) A ballistic knife, as prohibited by Section 21110.
  • (d) A belt buckle knife, as prohibited by Section 20410.
  • (h) A cane sword, as prohibited by Section 20510.
  • (i) A concealed dirk or dagger, as prohibited by Section 21310.
  • (m) A leaded cane or an instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a billy, blackjack, sandbag, sandclub, sap, or slungshot, as prohibited by Section 22210.
  • (n) A lipstick case knife, as prohibited by Section 20610.
  • (o) Metal knuckles, as prohibited by Section 21810.
  • (r) A nunchaku, as prohibited by Section 22010.
  • (s) A shobi-zue, as prohibited by Section 20710.
  • (y) A writing pen knife, as prohibited by Section 20910.

Sec. 21510. Every person who does any of the following with a switchblade knife having a blade two or more inches in length is guilty of a misdemeanor: (a) Possesses the knife in the passenger’s or driver’s area of any motor vehicle in any public place or place open to the public. (b) Carries the knife upon the person. (c) Sells, offers for sale, exposes for sale, loans, transfers, or gives the knife to any other person.

It is legal to own, sell, buy, and transport a switchblade as long as it is less than 2 inches. The state of california knife laws has ruled that a Balisong knife is a switchblade because of how easily it can be opened. However, you can still buy Balisong knives that are over 2 inches if you do not carry it in the driver or passenger seat or on you. Simply put, if you buy Balisongs to collect and leave it at home, it is 100% OK.

Concealed Carry

Concealed weapons are seen as posing a significant danger to the general public and as such, they are heavily regulated.  It is not legal to conceal carry a dagger or other double-edged knife.  This is a per California Penal Code Sect. 21310 PC.

While it seems a bit foolish to us, the law allows someone to open carry a dagger.  That means that if you carry a concealed dagger and intend NO harm (and even forget you have it), you are guilty of a crime.  On the other hand, if you open carry a dagger and want to kill someone, you can legally walk right up to your intended target and put your hand on the handle ready to pull it out and stab them in the ribs, you’re good!  No law is broken!

To prove someone is guilty of carrying a concealed illegal weapon like a dirk or dagger, the prosecutor has to establish the following elements:

  • The accused was aware they were carrying the knife
  • The accused did effectively conceal the knife on their person
  • The accused actually carried the illegal dagger/knife
  • The accused knew that the knife could be used for malicious purposes

A dirk or dagger is a knife or other instrument with or without a handguard that is capable of ready use as a stabbing weapon that may inflict great bodily injury or death. Most pocketknives and folding knives are not considered to be dirks or daggers unless the blade of the knife is exposed and locked into position.

It is not necessary that the accused intended to use the dagger as a weapon in order to be successfully convicted for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger under California Penal Code Section 21310 PC.

You can read more info on the California Penal Code as it pertains to legal/illegal knives HERE.

For specifics on knife laws in the city limits of LOS ANGELES, read our post HERE.

Conclusion on California Knife Laws

If you are in California you can buy, own, transport, and carry any knife you want as long as it is not a forbidden knife. You can also collect Balisongs without worry.

Dirk knives and daggers are illegal to carry concealed.  Switchblades with a blade 2” or longer are illegal to carry.  A wide variety of unusual knives are also illegal to carry.  Violation of the carry statute is a felony.  Carrying a switchblade may be a misdemeanor (see Discussion for more).

Note that this is not legal advice and there is no client-attorney relationship.  As always, I have to tell you that you’ll need to consult with an attorney or legal professional in the state of California for “official” advice on this topic.  If you have a question, leave it in the comment below. Some cities and municipals might have their own knife laws so check with your city. We are also looking for an attorney to do a quick interview about California knife laws.

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  1. Is a karambit fox blade legal in LA or all of CA if it is NOT double-edged only one sharp edge?

  2. buy a gun. get a conceal carry permit so you are legal to carry your pistol. in the event you feel your life is threatened, draw and fire accurately and responsibly…of course the outcome is the same (in any state) – plan on spending the next few nights in jail, buy an expensive lawyer, prove your case of self-defense. and accept the fact that you will never get your gun back so buy a new one.

    The big difference between people having a knife vs a gun – the person with a gun gets self defense training and how to properly react to situations, and with continued training, develop a sense of heightened awareness and will drastically lower the risk of putting themselves in those situations. i.e walking down a dark alley at night.

  3. It should never be illegal to own something. It should only be illegal to harm others with things.

    We give the keys to 16 year olds for 2000 lb of carnage making. Give us the pen knife.

  4. Is an “Automatic” knife considered to be a “Switch Blade” knife in CA? Does it matter if it opens OTF or from the side? Does it matter whether it is less than, equal to or greater than 2″ in length?

    Thank you

    1. YES, side opening autos (gerber 06, Kalashnikov, etc.) are considered to be switchblades as well as OTFs(ultratech, deadlock, etc.). However, there are a number of CA legal autos. (some of)Those being the Kershaw Launch 4 and 10, the Protech Sprint and Runt, and (OTF!!) the Microtech Exocet

  5. is it legal to have a credit card knife to explain its a credit card that folds into a blade thank you?

  6. lots of talks about the state that does everything backwards…put it this way if your intent is to cut your cheese and tomatoes then you don’t need a switchblade longer than 2 ” if your intent is to defend yourself you are SOL … move to a normal state as of now you do reside in the wrong state. (The Socialist Republic of california)

    1. What are the legality of butterfly knives/balisongs?
      I would like to flip my knives in public

  7. So I assume when camping or hiking in the national forests in California that it is okay to have a fixed blade openly carried in its sheath as long as long its openly carried?

    1. I carry my fixed blade out in the open everywhere. I never have any problems. You don’t have to be camping to carry a fixed blade. When open carrying a fixed blade, dirk, dagger, etc. You must have your shirt in a way that it’s not over the handle and completely visible. If you are wearing a jacket, you must have the handle sticking out with the sheath visible also.

    2. I live in the city in California, and I regularly carry a full size Kabar on my belt. Gives me some peace of mind since I’ve got to cross a pretty large field to get from my parked car to my house at night. Keep ’em sharp, and keep ’em with ya.

    3. You can wear a fixed blade knife anywhere in California of any length as long as it’s not concealed

  8. I live in California and want to buy a samurai sword is it legal to carry on person in public?

    1. I can’t find a statute that deals directly with swords, but I can tell you this: If you carry it in public long enough, you’ll get confronted by Police for sure and they’ll interrogate you til you wish you were not carrying it. Pretty much anyone you see will call the cops if you carry it into a public building like a shopping mall, school or government building, so I’d stay away from those. In my opinion only, I’d pretend that carrying a sword is NOT legal in order to stay out of trouble, which will come whether it’s legal or not.

    2. My understanding is that like daggers, swords and machetes can be openly carried in a sheath attached to a belt. They cannot be carried concealed.

    3. You want to walk around with a f******* samurai sword in public?

  9. What is the length limit on folding knives in Cali? I hear its 3 inch maximum but I also heard its a 4 inch maximum.

    1. The state has no limit on the size of knives that is all county and local goverment

    2. From what I know, In LA it’s illegal to carry a 3 inch or longer fixed blade openly or a 3 inch or longer folding knife, I carry a 2.75 inch but I guess if you live in Ventura or Bakersfield away from LA or SF you can carry any folding blade under 4 inches and a fixed blade of any size openly

    1. If youre a minor what regulations are there for knifes?

    2. Is it legal to open or conceal carry a folding knife (swiss army kind) for minors,i heard that the blade has to be under 2 inches and btw I live in Whittier just so you know

  10. I bought a survival knife that is 7.5″ long and has a sheath that has a string that ties around your thigh. Can I open carry this knife in Oakland, CA. I know California has a specific law regarding fixed blades, but wanted to know if it’s okay to open carry this knife?

    1. I live in California and want to carry a 5 inch blade in my pocket what kind of permit would I need

    2. Lived CA all my life. Carried a 7.5″ tanto around before. Only issue I’ve had is that law enforcement is inconsistent on whether the handle has to be exposed or not.

    3. I have a knife just like yours – I carry mine and havent had problems. Make sure the handle and sheathe are always in view. I had a cop ask me why i felt the need to carry such a big knife …I told him the truth – “because I’ve been stabbed and robbed”

  11. I was given an OTF with a blade over 2″ from a family member out of state. I don’t plan to carry it, but is it illegal to possess it in my home?

    1. No JAKE – you’re wrong. Don’t answer people’s questions if you’re not even going to bother reading the law first. Ballisongs are considered switchblades. And since “you can still buy Balisong knives that are over 2 inches if you do not carry it in the driver or passenger seat or on you. Simply put, if you buy Balisongs to collect and leave it at home, it is 100% OK.” Since a ballisong is categorized as a switchblade, one must conclude that this part of the law also applies to other knives categorized as switchblades. therefore, the answer is NO… it is NOT illegal to own one and leave it at home. Use your melon guy…

  12. what kind of knife is legal in California and how many inches does it have to be
    i got my self an Benchmade Adamas and a Benchmade Griptilian.

    1. Hey Albino;
      I’m not a lawyer and can’t give you “official” information, but from what I can tell, your Adamas and Griptilian are fine to carry with the clip on your belt or on the edge of your pocket. As long as the knife is not double-edged or “deceptive” (looks like something else), it’s not illegal to carry.
      Thanks for the question,

    2. Switch Blades, Gravity Knives, and OTF Knives: 2″ or Less to own or carry

      Butterfly Knives: 2″ or Less to carry, any size to own

      A ballistic knife, belt buckle knife, cane sword, lipstick case knife, shobi-zue, or writing pen knife: is not legal period.

      A concealed (worn anywhere but openly on the waist) dirk or dagger: is illegal.

      For all fully legal types of pocket knives and fixed blades (not limited to 2″): there is no blade size limit.

      With this being said, some knives may be required to be carried from the waist despite not being fixed-blades.

    3. It’s Not Illegal To Possess A Knife Over 2 Inches In Your Home. My Father Always Had A Gun With Him At Home In Case Of Emergencies, Plus There’s A Kitchen Knife That Is Longer Than 2 Inches And It’s Not Illegal.?

    4. Both are fine in the state, you might want to check the laws in your county though just to be on the safe side. But know that you can have a Full Tang knife it doesn’t matter how long it is as long as it is exposed on your side do not try to conceal anything like that folder knives you can conceal it does not matter how long they are.

  13. In California, is it legal to forge my own knives? I do not have any intent to sell them, just making them for personal use. Examples of knife types would be skinning knife, fillet knife and butcher knife.

    1. I cannot say yes for a 100% fact, but it has become a more common thing here in recent years, so I believe it is legal.

  14. How many knives can I carry or is there even a limit on carrying knives?

  15. Is it legal in California to own or carry a out the front opening knife?
    Thanks in adavance

    1. Probably, as it could be considered a switchblade or a dagger as it is double sided and is opened by a button

    2. 2″ or less and you are fine to carry. I don’t think you can have bigger legally.

    3. it is NOT illegal to own an OTF… which is categorized as a switchblade… however it is absolutely illegal to carry it openly or concealed.

  16. Can I carry a knife that’s longer then 5” if it stays in my pocket and I only use it for work such as cutting boxes and plastic. It would make my job a hell of a lot easier.

    I use to have a knife that was kinda like a folding knife but I myself had to flip up the knife to use it and then press a switch to unlock and set it back in place.

    1. If the knife itself is longer than five inches in the closed position, there is no California code that prohibits you from carrying it. If the blade is longer than four inches, as long as it is folded it can remain in your pocket. Knives with blades longer than four inches, that are not already a prohibited category, and are a fixed blade type or a folding knife that remains in the open position, must be carried in a sheath in plain view on your person.
      Folding knives with a blade longer than 4 inches can be legally carried in the closed position in your pocket, as long as it is not already a prohibited class.

  17. Is it legal to conceal carry a “folding” or “assisted opening” knife that is longer than 2.5 inches?

    1. Yes it is indeed legal to carry any type of assisted opening knife, as long as there is resistance when opening the knife and while doing so, it is opened by the user applying DIRECT pressure on the blade (thumb stud or flipper) to open it. These types of knife are NOT, under definition of CA Knife Laws, considered a switch blade, although many confuse them with it.

    2. I think at one point the law read that three inches was the max legal legnth, but now it has dropped to two inches max. It is illegal to carry, or conceal ANY assisted, OTF, switchblade, or balisong in California. Some laws allow for a larger blade, some have allowances for mechanism, but few waiver on concealment, and appearance. If a knife appears to be a cell phone and instead opens to reveal a 12 inch sword, authorities would frown on that. No cop is going to ticket, or harass you for carrying a reasonable knife provided you’re not in a touchy area, or scoring, or have someone bleeding in the back of your SUV. If a cop makes a case out of a three inch blade carried by a peaceable individual we need to take another look at OUR constitution. I used to think those guys were rednecks, dirts, backwood swamp water bathers, but the older I become the more frequent I reflect on their collective mindset. This country was indeed founded during a vastly different period of our history, and governing laws are designed to do that – Govern! Laws are not designed for the convenience of one political party to further agendas, nor are they implemented to foster discussion pertain to specific groups of people. When we begin to use legislation as a tool to fussily micro-manage our backyards, and become so myopic that we personalize laws and elect leaders who cater to our designer tastes, we’ve failed as a nation of rebels, farmers, business people, entertainers, hunters, and inventors. God save us
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  18. I live in California and I have some balisongs or butterfly knifes so can I buy them and play with them in my house without any cops giving me a felony or a ticket

    1. According to what I have come across, it is absolutely illegal to posses such knives, even if they were to remain in your house hold. If you have anymore questions or seek legal advise, it is best to propose such questions you may have to your local attorney, and whatever you do, DO NOT ASK A COP.

    2. You may own them, you just can NOT carry them, or transport them, unless the blade is under two inches. The article use tho say that, id on’t know why they removed the clarification. the law has not changed since then.

    3. To add on to a previous reply, you cannot transport within the passenger area of your vehicle, however if it is in your trunk or cargo area you can transport it to your residence. Heck, a knife booth sold them (longer than 2″ blade) at the Sacramento County Fair this year.

    4. If I have a fixed blade, 4″ survival knife, can I wear it with an ankle sheath? Is that considered a dirk or a dagger? It’s not dual edge.

  19. Not anyone can buy a gun. It’s not as easy as they would have people around the world believe. There is a waiting period and extensive background checks. Where do people get the idea it’s so easy to just go purchase any gun at any time?

  20. I fly out of town four my work. I carry several switchblade knives depending on what I’m doing. As long as they are kept in the check in baggage or checked in tool bag i should be ok right.

    1. Excellent question Tim!
      Because I’m not a lawyer, I’m not allowed to give you official info (officially you’d ask a lawyer in California), but I can share my thoughts. In theory, you should be okay, but I know strange things happen in airport security and in the USPS package delivery network. Travelers and recipients of packages have noticed that knives have gone missing from their luggage or packages but not most of the time! I’m guessing this is a grey area and you might arrive with your knives – but I REALLY doubt you’d be in trouble for packing it in your luggage. The more they look like knives, the worse it is, so if they’re folding knives it’s a bit better. Hey, just my thoughts. Maybe others have experience traveling with knives??

    1. is the edge sharp or is it a false edge, known as a swedge? as long as only one side of the blade has a cutting edge, and another cutting edge is not present on the other side of the blade, you are fine. A false edge is not an edge.

  21. Hello I was wondering if an one inch box cutter would be considered a knife and or a officer considering it as a weapon?

    1. Hello just to let the community know even a box cutter of 1 inch is considered a weapon. An arrest had been made under this officer’s reasonable duty to stay safe.

  22. I have been told that it is illegal to carry a knife with the blade longer than 3 inches, is that true??

    1. Only in the city of Los Angeles, and only if it’s not part of your job, hobby, or religion. In practice if you’re stopped you say it’s a tool and unless they’re looking for a reason to hassle you, it’s not a big deal. It’s not like NYC where they spend time trying to snap your knife open to get you under their stupid “gravity knife” law.

      Everywhere else in the state (except schools and secure facilities like airports and government buildings, of course), there’s no restriction at all on blade length. You can walk around with a cavalry sword on, as long as it’s sheathed and suspended from your waist. And anything that folds and stays shut can be concealed.

      It’s a little weird how friendly the knife laws are in California given how totally ridonkulous the gun laws are.

    2. It’s weird. Reading the penal code, and multiple sites who have an interest in this topic, under the LAW, as long as it is not EXPOSED, you are fine. As soon as the blade is exposed(out of the handle) is when it is a problem. This only applies(to my knowledge) to L.A. The L.A law regards blades exposed with a length greater than three inches, so by the law, as long as the knife is in your pocket, you are fine regardless of length. The moment you open it, it is exposed, and that is the issue. Obviously this only applies to folders since you legally can’t conceal a fixed blade, so fixed blades must always be 3 inches, or under, in L.A. and openly carried. Folders can be any length, and in L.A, as long as the blade is not exposed in a public place(unless it is part of your job).

    1. Hey Ryan;
      I couldn’t find anything in the statutes pertaining to this type of knife, but I would be hesitant to carry it. In most states, the length of this blade would classify it as a “dangerous weapon” which has lots of restrictions. If you were caught with it by a police officer, you’d probably have some serious explaining to do if you were anywhere in public. They don’t like knives that appear to have no other use than to inflict damage on a human body. However, that’s just my opinion and should absolutely NOT be taken as law. As usual I have to tell you to consult with licensed legal counsel in the state of California.

    2. They consider it a dagger/dirk from what I’ve read. So you must open carry it (You are permitted to holster carry it as long as you can clearly identify it.)

  23. I live in a room and board in Bakersfield. I was wondering if its legal to have one for protection even if its against the house rules? Am i legally able to have it on me for safety? Are they aloud ti take it away from me?

    1. Hey Scott;
      Good question! I’m not a lawyer and I suspect only official legal advice in California could help you. That said, my guess is that the authorities would probably side with the house rules in order to make for an even and fair playing field where no one can have any weapon. Of course, you and I know that the bad guys will always carry a weapon, so I feel your pain! Many knife laws are applied in a legal sphere using some interpretation and subjectiveness, so there’s no really accurate way to answer your question – sorry bro.

    2. Great question. Does the facility prohibit “weapons”? It could still be a second amendment violation.

      As far as defense. Never tell them(anyone) you carry it for defense. Under the law, there is no distinction made between defensive use, or malicious use. If it is carried to cut a person, it is seen as malicious, regardless of intent. If the time comes, and you have to use it in defense, then it’s fine, but never say you carry it fr the expressed purpose of defense. You carry it for utility, and it just so happened to come in handy in a defensive situation. Think of carrying a rock. If you say you are carrying it for defense, you are looking to use it on a person, but if you are taking the rock t a museum, and you get mugged, and bash the guy over the head, it came in handy to help defend yourself.

  24. Dirks and daggers are not legal. Keep them home in your collection. Best read the Ca. Penal code on CONCEALED weapons.

    1. They are most certainly legal under state law, county and city ordinances do vary wildly, and concealed carry isn’t legal for some knives, but open carry is.

  25. What about fixed blades in purse/ backpacks/fanny-packs? is that still considered a concealed dirk or dagger?

  26. Is a push knife legal if it is clipped on your pants (hence not concealed) and about four inches long blade?

  27. Are Karambit knives legal in the Komminist paradise of Kalifornia?

  28. Assisted Opening Knife / not a switchblade right? Can I conceal a folding knife that is assisted open? it uses a lever not a button. there is a difference but how is it viewed by the law here? I saw federal law trying to classify them by one hand open?

  29. It is not illegal to have a TAC-FORCE-Spring-Assisted-Opening-BLACK-TACTICAL-Pocket-Knife-Folding-Blade. I’ve got searched and that’s the same kind of knife I had on me when I got searched, and he didn’t question me about it. I was 17.

  30. Each city has its own length laws.
    Over rides County length law.
    Mostly 3″ knifes only within city limits
    So if your pocket folder is longer
    You are subject to arrest , confiscation or both.
    Guide for city knife lengths can be found online.

  31. No matter what, I cannot find the answer to my question. I want to know if it’s illegal to have TAC-FORCE-Spring-Assisted-Opening-BLACK-TACTICAL-Pocket-Knife-Folding-Blade? Overall Length : 9.00 inches

    Blade Length : 4 Inches

    1. Its only illegal if it 2 inches longer than your palm

    1. I have been fed two different lengths here in Los Angeles… i usually carry a Spyderco Para 2. Is the legal length 2 or 3? Is my Para 2 illegal?

  32. Can i legally own a spring assisted knife?
    (knife which you must push down a “lever” for it to open quickly)

    1. That would be a switchblade lol

    2. by definition spring assisted knives are NOT switchblades. Switchblades require you push a button to deploy the knife. Spring assist, you push a lever, or thumb stud that is PART of the blade itself to help open it. That said, butterfly knives although not switchblades, are covered under the switchblade law in CA. Spring assists though are not.

  33. I love Liberal scum. They are worse than the pussies out there, and they are all arrogant, egocentric, self righteous, and weak.

    1. Can I carry/own a pocket knife or double side blade knife if I have a demostic violence restraining order?


  35. me and my wife and dog live in our volkswagon camper van. We keep a hunting knife about 9 inches inside because it comes in handy and safety issues just incase someone were to break into our van while we were asleep. my issue is if its legal or not. cops would alreadly love to pick a chance to fuck with us because of our alternative lifestyle, i just wanna know how legal it is. i cant seem to find anywhere online that states california knife/car laws

    1. Its a legal blade fixed can be open carry any length Cali. Also in Cali your home campsite and to and from your business you own you can carry a concealed firearm

  36. Is there a limit to how many knives one can carry concealed or open there person

    1. No. I have carried 3 on me without any problems.

  37. What about swords? I’m asking because while I understand that any fixed blade over a certain length in this are identified as a knife yet I remain confused. The sword of which I speak would be a black wire hilt rapier with the total length being just over 40 inches, and entirely unsharpened (I’ll add the link for anyone who needs to see it to give their ideas) and it would entirely be for costume purposes, and afterwards for display within my apartment. The costume I have gathered so far does involve a large overcoat which would cover the scabbard approximately 18 inches in the middle, but both the tip of the scabbard and hilt would remain visible. If anyone has any suggestions on what to do please let me know. I have been told by others to just wear an empty scabbard with only a hilt attached to it but I always go all out with my costumes and believe the weight plays a role in how one carries themselves (I get too into it I realize).

    Thank you

    the link:

  38. My mom recently let me open my dad’s old footlocker from his career Army days …he’s been dead 29 years. Inside were some old knives. One I want to find out more about is about 10 inches and curved, the entire knife is 14 inches and 16 with the ornate sheath……and there are two little bitty 3 inch knives that are “hidden” behind the sheath…………….so, if I want to take it to a dealer or historian to find out more about it………how do I take it, legally, from my car to the store? Any help greatly appreciated.

    1. I think that is a kukri knife. Kukris are used by the Ghurka people, and the Ghurka are still famed for their prowess in combat, both with knives or guns. Keep in mind that I am not a historian so what I say should be taken with a grain of salt.

    2. As long as it is single edged (meaning only one side of the blade is sharpened) and it is open carried. But you should be ok if you are just going to an antiques dealer in a bag or something. Just use common sense.

  39. There’s something very disturbing about the idea that anyone in America can buy a gun yet there is an issue with auto knives?

    1. An auto knife, or a switchblade knife is a knife where a button or switch is pressed to automatically deploy the knife.

      The difference between that and an assisted opening knife is that pressure needs to be applied to the actual blade of an assisted opening knife and opened about 15 – 20 degrees in order for the spring to kick in, whereas a switchblade only requires the press of a button.

    2. It’s also very disturbing that people believe than anyone can buy a gun in America.

      Ask these people sometime:

      Persons under indictment for, or convicted of, any crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding on year;
      Fugitives from justice;
      Persons who are unlawful users of, or addicted to, any controlled substance;
      Persons who have been declared by a court as mental defectives or have been committed to a mental institution;
      Illegal aliens, or aliens who were admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa;
      Persons who have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces;
      Persons who have renounced their United States citizenship;
      Persons subject to certain types of restraining orders; and
      Persons who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
      Persons under eighteen years of age are prohibited from purchasing handguns.

    3. The reason is knives are more dangerous than guns. Semper Fi

  40. ive got a fixed blade kbar knife that the blade is 2 5/16 ” is that legal to carry conceal?

    1. All fixed blades must be open carry, and sheathed. Only folded knives can be concealed carry.

  41. So are medieval dirks and such illegal to own or just carry? Is there a special permit for swords and other weapons?

    1. No age restrictions. I am 14, i have been edcing for almost 2 years. Yes you can keep legal stuff at home. if its illegal you cant keepi t at home (there are some exceptions)

  42. California Knife Laws (a former D.A. explains)

    What knives are always illegal to carry? What knives may be carried, but
    only openly on a sheath? And what knives may be possessed openly or
    concealed? What are the penalties — misdemeanor or felony — if you get
    arrested and charged with unlawful knife possession?

  43. I don’t get why they banned Balisong knives, could someone explain this to me?

    1. because they are scary and stuff. there is no reason.
      California’s laws are written to ban knives that are “used by criminals” or what ever.

    1. yes. but you cant bring one into the state, make one in the state, or carry one. essentially if you already had one or majically get one in then sure keep it at home.

  44. California knife laws will probably surprise anyone who hasn’t taken the time to read the penal code. In California it is perfectly legal to carry a fixed blade knife, of any length, around the waist — if sheathed. This includes hunting knives, kitchen knives, swords, etc. You could literally walk around with a 27 inch Katana sheathed around your waist if you wanted to — and it would be perfectly 100% legal to do so.

    The exceptions to this rule are: Can’t open carry on school or college/university grounds, can’t open carry in government owned buildings, can’t open carry during government official meetings — such as a town hall meeting or otherwise. That’s it.

    The only city which does not allow this is Los Angeles. In LA you can’t open carry anything greater than 3 inches. I was too freaking excited when I learned of the Knife laws in California. I’m going to buy a sword from Japan and walk around town with it around my waist, and I’m going to learn how to use it by taking Iaido and Kenjutsu classes. I’m pretty excited (note, I probably can’t afford a real folded steel Katana — those swords go for $600 – $10,000, but hey, I can dream right?).


    2. They’re good for cheap katana’s but not for more medieval ones. I do like how cheap their clothing is compared to some other sites that sell the same items, so thanks!

    3. Does the LA municipal code include LA County, or would State law have jurisdiction? Our state law seems to be great, but if you have to worry about every little city, we are screwed.

  45. You piece of white trash I told you all whites do is lie. Who has a home that big and stay in apartments. You caveman you belong in the desert that way all you incest can’t spread your germs. Just like I said coward keep hiding behind your computers. When you see one of us you lock yo car doors. Ha Ha I’m sure you’ve slept with your sister right. Cunt!

  46. I carry a Bowie with me everywhere I go, but obviously don’t brandish it or threaten anyone unless they foolishly threaten me first (which has not happened yet). Had a guy tell me it was illegal to carry a Bowie in California, and I just laughed and told him…..let them try to take it from me sir. It is a utility knife, and I am surprised by how many people tell me they are intimidated by it. I never want to intimidate anyone, but quite a few women have said they feel intimidated by it. I would protect them and anyone else in a heartbeat if it was needed, but I am getting tired of people saying I somehow should not be able to protect myself or carry a utility knife. Thoughts? Comments? Yes. I carry a Bowie knife to church.

    1. My Bowie knife isn’t a joke.
      It speaks so loudly, I can’t hear your minority nonsense.

    2. Stick it in your a$$ Coward! Just like your ancestors were common Cowards.

    3. My ancestors are Russians motherfucker.The put the first people in space, are very intelligent, while your……ancestors…..ran away from lions and got eaten, while selling one another to whites and into slavery.

    4. oh no. I would much rather gut you with it you ever say coward again.

    5. You gotta admit…doesn’t it suck to be a nigger? You are ugly, stupid, look like apes, and even you don’t like your own women.

    6. Oh by the way Coward the white men are furious because we screw your flat A$$ women, take your hard earned money from them and send their flat A$$es back home to you. And you embrace them with open arms. Ha Ha

    7. Also, I love how you just write it off that “all races kill each other.” I guess that is a fact, but why is it blacks kill each other, have more out of wedlock children,and depend on welfare more than any other race? Sorry, but blacks are a scourge that we would be better off without. What do they contribute besides crime, welfare, lower earnings, poor test scores, lower intelligence, and basically cause trouble? Even the country the US made for them to relocate to for slaves is a failed country. Nothing good comes out of Africa; that is the joke. Africa…..yeah…..I am so glad I am not a negro. I’d just off myself.

    8. Last I check buddy. (According to the U.S. Census) whites are leading in the polls of being on welfare. If it wasn’t for the military to give Poor whites an escape route they’d be in trouble. All they do is smoke meth have sex with their own kids and ride around on motorcycles with them silly jackets on looking to kill each other for no reason. It’s the greed of the white trash of this country that’s ruining it. White trash has been the biggest manipulators, liars and cunts to put this country at odds with everyone else and hide like you’re doing. Coward!

    9. Oh…..and how many winners come out of Africa? White Americans built this country, and you should be grateful to have come here as slaves. You have it better than you did in Africa. Coward? Really? Tell that to my knife. Sure, by numbers maybe whites have more people on welfare, but you have to look at per capita. Blacks are by far more likely to have out of wedlock children, and be on welfare. Your IQ’s are also a full standard deviation below that of whites, which is why you never see anything creative coming from the ghetto or Africa. Europeans actually made the world we live in, and Africa just has child soldiers and losers. I am not a coward; I carry a damn Bowie knife. Look up James Bowie and the sandbar fight,and you will find the exact opposite paragon of a coward.

    10. Listen COWARD like I said it’s more whites on welfare than blacks. Do your research idiot! As far as kids out of wedlock, whites have incest children. Every time you look up a white man is molesting his own kids or siblings. You’ve been doing it and that’s why a lot of you are born fk’ed up. Scums of the earth. You’re like the dirt on the bottom of my shoe. And PUNK as far as you stating you carry a Bowie knife who cares? Stick it in your A$$ Coward. History has shown Black Men has ALWAYS dominated you white sissy ass men a$$es in ALL ways. You Cowards call the pigs every time one of you get smacked in the mouth. Punks like you will lock your car door when you see a Black man. COWARD!

    11. oh, I have done my research; have a master’s degree and am an aerospace engineer…..COWARD!

    12. Oh yeah Coward. By the way you’re the first Aerospace Engineer with a Master’s degree that lives in a freakin apartment. I told you all you White pieces of garbage don’t do nothing but lie and manipulate the system. From your writing whatever school you graduated from must of passed you for attendance vs learning.

    13. coward! you like that word don’t you nigger? I also have a 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath home while I am building spaceships in the desert….COWARD! I throw that in because it illustrates how fucking stupid you are. Coward Kowhard! Oh yeah nigger; which is what you are. A worthless fucking nigger. No, niggers lie and manipulate the system because they have below average intellect and cannot/will not actually work for a living, which is why no one wants them. Ok, I am done talking to you, because you are a (COWARD! COWARD!) good lord. No, that fucker came into my home and I took him down and now he is “goodified” and serving life without parole, which is what every negro should be doing.

    14. I don’t lock my door. I reload, and actually took down a black serial rapist in my apartment. He is serving life without parole because I took him down. COWARD! COWARD!

    15. COWARD! Geez…..I can tell you really are an ignorant nigger. Yep. I said it. I reach for my Bowie and my gun when I see any of your kind. That is why you keep getting killed. Stupid fuckers keep thinking you have the upper hand, but your intellect isn’t even what my dogs have, so you just think you ‘gamin the system whitey’ but guess what. We are smarter than you are, so you will NEVER get ahead. Coward.

    16. hhhhhahahahahahaha really? Blacks dominated whites? Ah, so the whole slavery thing was a scheme for blacks to overcome whites?

    17. You really are stupid. IQ of possibly 85 if you are lucky. I am surprised you can spell coward.

  47. May I buy a training balisong knife? and keep it at home and try to learn it and not get arrested?

    1. yes. its essentially a toy. it does classify as a replica weapon.

  48. niggers are fucking stupid and smell like shit fuck niggers fuck porch monkeys

    1. You lousy piece of shit. Go Fk yourself with these racial Azzz comments. It’s people like you that has the world in uproar. You COWARD these individuals you’re talking about probably took your lunch money. You worthless trash!

    2. It is true though. Blacks have lower IQ’s and every bad thing that comes with it. Sad but true. You go live in a black neighborhood and come back in a year to tell me how colorblind you are. It is a fact.

    3. I never understood the mindset of you Caucasian Cowards. You say nasty things about Blacks but then when one beat yo ass then you deem them as violent or crazy. Every last one of you bigots stay hiding behind your computers or a badge. I never seen a bunch of cowards that can’t say the things on their minds in the faces of those they hate. You see history shows us that the black man is stronger and will defend hisself accordingly and victoriously again the Caucasian cowards. You see what happen to that pig in Texas the other day. Black Lives Matter!

    4. Of course black lives matter. All life matters. So, why is it blacks kill more blacks than anyone else?

    5. Everyone wants to magnify why blacks kill other blacks? Be realistic about it. ALL races kill each other. The white biker gangs been killing each other for years! Those guys ride around looking for other bars and rival biker gangs to shoot no matter where they are.The hispanics has been killing and slaughtering each other at an alarming rate. They kill entire families in Mexico. So what are you talking about Aaron Hartford? Are you blind to these facts or just looking for something stupid to say?

    6. Don’t bother with imbeciles like this because he’s as misinformed as he is stupid, and doesn’t know nearly as much about science as he likes to think he does. Science has proven that the diversity of human societies has zero to do with race and everything to do with environment. Just to give you an idea, you can have tribe of polynesians split in two, like the Maori and Moriori. The Moriori were confined to the Chathams islands, and the Maori populated New Zealand. 500 years later they had two completely different cultures that resulted entirely from the different environments. The Maori and Moriori are the same race of Polynesian, yet the Moriori developed into a peaceful tranquil culture, and the Maori became a violent conquering culture.When they found out the Moriori had no weapons and did not know how to fight, 900 Maori went over there and destroyed them so they could steel their resources..

    7. You’re wrong about this too. In a society ruled by banks and capitalism, no one’s life matters, only profits matter.

    8. The most confusing day for a black child is fathers day.

    9. Each racial or cultural group kills each other more than any other group. That’s just how tribalism goes. Whites kill more Whites than anyone else.

    10. I’m your huckleberry! Where are you, lets meet and chat about cowards.

      Moreover, does anyone know what day is the most confusing time for a child in South Central L.A. ?

      Father’s day.
      Talk about cowards, stop fucking every whore welfare recipient, getting them pregnant and
      pumping out more black lives that really do end up not mattering. Starts with the father.
      Save the BS for the news.

      So, where ya at?

    11. fag where are you? Stop hiding behind your computer and come out sissy. You talk a good one but know that you aint going to do nothing but type words. Go have sex with your mother…

    12. Where are you idiot. Be realistic and reveal who you really are. Don’t have time to play computer games with you. Go get your mama for that punk. I bet you’re an incest baby.

    13. When you shave a chimp or a baboon, his skin color is caucasian. Its only his hairs that are black. Once had my apartment burglarised and trashed beyond belief. They practically took everything I owned and it ended up the perpetrators were a couple of white guys. So what’s your point? You don’t have one. Your hate makes you stupid because you left this moronic comment on a site that’s about knife making, craftsmanship, and skills, that you very likely don’t have. Where did you learn to speak english? In a barn?


    15. Bro stop saying crap about black people and you think you have a hard life look around you. Look at the homeless people. They have nothing and you have a roof over your head andthey live in boxes or under bridges

  49. My girlfriend recently got me the Schrade 13 Fixed Blade Knife i wanted with a 3.7 inch blade , its legal to carry it openly on my belt correct ?. I usually carry my spyderco tenacious openly on my pocket & have no problems . California, Los Angeles

    1. The City of LA does not allow fixed blade knives to be open carried at this time.

      Btw, it is legal to conceal carry your Tenacious.

  50. Isn’t there no length limit on a folding knife as long as it’s concealed? I plan to buy a kershaw cryo 2 that has a framelock is more than 3 inches length is that CA legal?

    1. I’m sure its legal. justread over the legality of the balisongs and switchblades section

    2. There is no length limit to fixed blades that are openly carried except in the City of Los Angeles, any School, College or University grounds, within any public owned property, or any property being used for the purposes of a public or official meeting (like a town hall meeting). Otherwise, you are good to go. I’d go online and print out the Penal code and keep a copy in your wallet for when you get stopped by the Police who didn’t read the penal code before taking an oath.

  51. If i have a bottle opener that looks like a balisong
    knife when its closed can i carry it on my belt in a holster in california?

    1. It doesn’t have a blade, so long as you do your part in letting Law Enforcement Officers know this in any situation involving them, you should be fine. Just don’t try to threaten people with it and you’ll be OK.

    2. conceal it, it isnt a knife. its as good as a toy or regular bottle opener

  52. So I recently bought a fixed blade thats 5.05 inches can i carry it openly?

    1. Yes. No restriction on size. It says in the beginning paragraph of the article.

  53. could i carry a balisong knife in public with me if it is in a backpack?

    1. This depends on where you are, generally NO
      You can if you are going directly to yours or a friend’s motor vehicle or privately owned boat, at which point it is ‘ok.’
      I’d avoid it though if you can.

  54. who wrote this? WHO’S is misused; should be whose. What’s a Swithblade? Pen knives are so super important they’re named twice.

    1. A switchblade is any mind of knife woth a switch on the blade itself so.when younpush it down the blade comes out

  55. I am interested in shipping letter openers that are concealed in a pen to California. (It’s a usable pen and you can also remove an end to reveal the letter opener). Would this fall under the hidden weapon category? Thank you!

  56. I have a credit card sized multi tool knife. Is it legal to carry it in my pocket? The blade sheaths in the tool discretely, but it has other tools on it. (compass, bottle opener, tweezers, etc.)

  57. I have a Swiss Army knife which I carry in my purse for self protection. I would carry it, folded, in my hand in places where I might perceive possible danger. I live in CA. Legal? I would have no hesitation in stabbing someone who attacked me.

    1. If you want self protection a Swiss Army knife isn’t the way to go

    2. But what if she suddenly is approached by a masked stranger that says he’ll kill her if she doesn’t remove the cork from his bottle of wine? A lock blade isn’t going to save her then!

    3. 1. does the blade lock? swiss blades usually don’t but yours may
      2. how long is the blade? Knife laws are dependent on blade length

    4. I dont recommend using a knife for defense in cali.

  58. For those of you wondering about open carrying your fixed blade knife. I live in Riverside county (one of the stricter counties) and for my EDC i go out with no less than my SOG SEAL Pup, my SOG Trident, a small 2 inch Winchester pocket knife, and a SOG Snarl. I carry the SEAL Pup on my belt out in the open and the rest of the knives I carry concealed about my person. Been stopped many times (for the Pup) and been asked to remove all of my weapons. Not one of those knives is illegal to carry in CA and i am always let go once the officer makes sure all of the blades are legal. When you open carry a fixed blade remember these 3 things:

    1. It has to be recognizable as a knife (cant be disguised)

    2. It must be in a sheath of some sort

    3. The full length of the knife must be visible (your shirt cant be pulled down over the handle i tuck my shirt in behind it)

    Also to save yourself some trouble print up a copy of the laws that apply to your carry and keep it on your person. That way if the officer in question is “confused” about your legal right to carry a knife, you can provide proof to set him straight.

    1. This is some good info. Does anyone know a website that has the laws pertaining to knives available to print?

    2. Again, what about LA County, or all of the other cities?

    3. Pretty sure it’s just the city of L.A. When I go down to SoCal, I use a rule of thumb to not carry something that will instantly scare liberals. Living in Sacramento County, I can go around with a neck knife around my neck, but I wouldn’t dare try that when I go to L.A. Hope this helps.

    4. You carry tpnmany knifes with you thats why they stop you

  59. FYI: per 626.10 CA Penal Code, regarding school grounds (kindergarten through 12th grade): any lock blades are illegal; and the same for any non locking folder (ie slip joint) with a blade longer than 2 1/2″.

    Exceptions are staff & emergency personnel in course of duty.

    This is either a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the individual circumstances of each case.

  60. So this site says you can have a fixed blade out in the open of any size no restrictions but you can only have a switch blade no longer than 2 inches??

  61. I own a folding, single edged, 6 inch blade Cold Steel Ti-Lite. The blade is long and thin like a stiletto, but as it’s single edged and folding, is it still legally a prohibited weapon to carry concealed/at all? under state law? Thank you…

  62. I have a balisong butterfly knife it’s more than 2 inches long and I live in ca. Can I sell it out of state shipping via ups/FedEx

  63. I want to buy a. Balisong knife (Butterfly knife) and its the blade is 5 inches. Im not planing on carrying around with me but i want to make sure its legal to have one.

  64. I have a 3 inch non-auto or assisted knife. Can I carry it around town in my pocket?

  65. I would like to know if I can carry a 7 inch T-bar marine knife carrying on on my side when I’m riding my motorcycle is that legally in California -city of inland empire and if it is with cities in the surrounding areas have a problem with it and can I get a permit to carry it

  66. Under California law a concealed handgun can legally be transported with a motor vehicle without a permit only by carrying it: 1) unloaded; and 2) locked in the vehicle’s trunk or in a separate locked container other than the utility or glove compartment. If the vehicle does not have a trunk, it must be carried in a “locked container” separate from the utility or glove compartment.

    Ammunition cannot be attached to the handgun in any manner. Under most circumstances, a firearm is considered loaded when there is a live round of ammunition “…in, or attached in any manner to, the firearm, including, but not limited to: in the firing chamber, magazine or clip thereof attached to the firearm…” For example, a semi-automatic handgun with an empty firing chamber and a loaded magazine inserted in the magazine well is considered loaded. There is no prohibition in the state codes against also carrying ammunition within the same motor vehicle or compartment in the vehicle, as long as the firearms are not loaded and ammunition is not attached in any manner to the firearm. – Penal Code Sections 12025, 12026, 12031.

    Penal Code Section 12026.2 states that carrying a handgun in your car even in a locked container is only for the purpose of transporting from one specific location to another (going to the range, going hunting, etc.). It is illegal to carry a firearm without a permit, even in a locked container in your car, for general purposes such as self-defense.

    While it is legal in California to carry an unloaded handgun in plain sight in the passenger compartment, it is not advised. It can lead to unfavorable attention and an encounter with the police. If the gun slips between the seats or otherwise out of sight, it is no longer “in plain sight” and therefore illegal.

    Switchblades are legal to own in CA. You just can’t carry them on your person, or in your vehicle in the passenger compartment or buy. sell, trade, give one away, etc. So yes, you can have one legally IN YOUR HOME.

    ANY knife that has a fixed blade including a pocket knife in the open position, is considered a dirk or dagger.

    Ok folks? Hope this answers ya’ll’s questions.

  67. So even owning a “switchblade” with a blade over 2 inches is forbidden in California? You cant even have one in a display case in your home?

  68. Might explore the medical implications of knife fightng, wounds, and real-life survival /wounding with various defense methods/ systems. Probably a lose-lose. And medical bills? Good luck.

  69. The issue with California, while the law may state one thing, and be the prevailing law, it doesn’t matter if the officer interprets it differently. And there are MANY officers who have ill-informed concepts of what the laws actually are! Then there are the various city & county laws to deal with. This resource, while nice is also misleading and can most certainly get people into trouble. As ignorance of the law is no excuse, and a cop being ignorant, can get you shot!

    1. meh, just remain calm and co-operate with the cop and if you get cited or arrested then present your defense to the judge. but make absolutely certain your are following all state and local rules before you carry.

  70. gemcrazy,

    Not sure when this happened to you, but the courts have ruled that an unloaded gun is just that, unloaded. If there are no bullets in the gun, it is unloaded. You can have a loaded magazine next to the gun, but the magazine is not a gun. I have great respect for the CHP, but the commandant of the CHP often oversteps his authority on defining the law. Take the California motorcycle helmet law a number of years back. He decided that a certain helmet type was not safe and orders his officers to ticket them, even though the helmets met the requirement of the law. Another case that will come to a head is giving Ham radio operators tickets for not using hands free. Ham radios are NOT wireless telephones, as specified in the law. Same happened with the loaded gun law.

  71. Having spent several hours being searched, questioned,detained and terrorized by the CHP at the Cordillia Weigh Station I can assure you that the way CHP defines their law is different than what is presented here. I was pulled in for vehicle inspection as is quite common at all CA weigh stations.
    I had an M-7 bayonet in the map pocket in my truck which was clearly visible when I opened my door. The officer asked the obvious “What is that” My reply was “A knife” Next came “are there any more weapons in the truck” weeeeellll “Yep there is a pistol in the sleeper”
    Three hours later I’m free to go because…. The knife was in the vehicle Not on my person Had it been on my belt…BAD BAD BAD. Pistol was returned with industrial sized Zip tie through mag well/ejection port. Mag was emptied and ammo placed in stapled shut bag. I was told it was illegal to carry a loaded gun in a vehicle in CA. If the gun was in the passenger compartment then the ammo had to be in a separate compartment that could not be reached. I only got my gun back because where I lived and was licensed at the time I could carry exposed in any location. Ca has since changed their laws to prohibit that exception as well.

  72. Jay,

    I point out that the violent crime rate and the murder rate of Arizona is about the same as California (murder rate was a little higher in Arizona in 2011, last year I have reliable stats for). Also, in AZ you are in trouble carrying any knife, even a pocket knife on a keychain, in a school. In California you can carry small blade knives in a school, at least. Also, CCW holders can carry guns in schools. And in bars. In fact, CCW holders have less restrictions in CA than AZ…it is just that it is harder to get a CCW, and you guys permit far broader unlicensed carry.

    One thing to bear in mind is that unlike firearms, where CA has preemption (one dying act of the GOP before we went blue), knife laws vary. There is a limit on length in some cities. LA, SF and Oakland limit blade length to 3″, e.g.

  73. The CA law info posted in the article above is not exactly accurate. State law prohibits concealing a “dirk or dagger,” and then goes on to define “dirk or dagger” as any fixed blade knife. So, other than the limit on autos and balisongs, the only thing state law prohibits is concealing a fixed blade. There are no length limits in state law (other than school grounds), and it doesn’t matter whether the knife has one edge or two.

  74. The only knives prohibited by state law at public universities that are legal elsewhere are fixed blades over 2.5″. Which means that, per state law, fixed blade knives under 2.5″ and folding knives (of any length) are legal on university property. Check your city/county laws for other restrictions. Violating university policy will get you kicked out, but not arrested. (The CSU system used to have a 5″ blade length limit, but that could have changed)

  75. While California has made headway in recent years in repealing or defeating some repressive laws, I believe it a reach to think that CA is “modern and up to date” in regards to it’s knife laws. Any state that restricts or forbids law abiding citizens from possessing a knife simply because of an antiquated “chicken-little” mindset cannot pretend to be a friendly state to knife owners. The length or style of a blade as a determining factor of legality, ie. switchblades limited to under 2″ or the determination that a dagger can only be used for nefarious purposes, is both repressive and moronic.
    If you wish to be a true Knife Friendly state maybe you should look to your eastern border. Arizona continues to prove itself as a true knife friendly progressive state. We have drastically lower violent crime rates for the simple fact that we allow our citizens to live as our forefathers intended; without redundant or repressive laws that restrict the rights of the people to own, possess or carry almost any weapon, including any knife, switchblade, out the front automatic knife, dirk, dagger, sword, swordcane or penknife they desire. Be it for self defense or collecting purposes.
    The point is, there should be no restrictions put upon the law abiding populace of a free state. The belief by most in California that you can reduce or eradicate crime by restricting ownership of an inanimate object by the law abiding populace is pure ignorance.
    I look forward to seeing California continue it’s fight against the repressive laws which you live under as well as those that continue to be brought against you every day. Good luck.

  76. I just bought a 16 inch Bowie and I wanted to know if I can carry it around here in California?

    1. Depends where you are as some cities/counties do have blade length restrictions.

      Try this web site for more accurate info:

      This web site here seems to be doing more harm than good.
      Best thing to do is to check your city and county laws as well as cities/counties that you travel to and thru on a regular basis.
      Example; my city doesn’t have a blade length restriction, but in a nearby city where my g/f lives, they have a 3″ or longer limit so when I visit her, I carry a 2.875″ Spyderco Byrd Hawkbill.
      But in my city, I can carry my older model Cold Steel Vaquero Grandé with the 6″ serrated VG-1 blade, which is about 13″ with the blade deployed and is longer than your forearm.

      What is legal in one city may be illegal in another.
      SF, OAK, SAC, LA all have blade restrictions of 3″ or longer as do other cities while others don’t.

      I’d hate to see someone get rung up for reading something on this web site thinking that the knife they carry is legal when it isn’t and some liberal gun-hating, knife-hating DA sends you to County for a Year based on misinformation.

      There are length restrictions. The trick is to find out which Counties/Cities.
      The link I posted above should be of help and if there is still confusion or questions, they can check their LOCAL laws which supercede State laws.

      Hope this helps.

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