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Florida Knife Laws Explained

Florida statutes can be tough to navigate if you’re not sure where to look. Don’t worry, we did all the hard work for you. Below is what Florida law says about knives in everyday English. It includes excerpts from the law as well as case decisions.

What is Legal to Own

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Belt knives, cane knives, and other disguised knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives are legal.
  • Undetectable knives (knives that will not set off metal detectors) are legal.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.

The law does not limit individuals from owning, selling, or buying any knife except for ballistic knives.

Limits on Carry

  • You can open carry any knife.
  • Box cutters, multi-tools, and other work knives are legal to carry concealed.
  • In most cases, conceal carry of a common pocket knife with a blade of less than 4 inches is legal.
  • Concealed carry of nearly any knife is not allowed without a permit if the blade is over 4″ in length.
  • Anything outside of this has not been expressly banned or allowed.

What the Law Says

§ 790.06 (2018) License to carry concealed weapon or firearm.

(1) The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is authorized to issue licenses to carry concealed weapons or concealed firearms to persons qualified as provided in this section. Each such license must bear a color photograph of the licensee. For the purposes of this section, concealed weapons or concealed firearms are defined as a handgun, electronic weapon or device, tear gas gun, knife, or billie …

It is a crime to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Concealed weapon means any deadly weapon that is outside of sight of others. Courts have found that deadly weapons are weapons that can cause death or grave bodily harm. So, what kinds of knives count as deadly weapons? What is a “common pocket knife? Well, the law doesn’t say so it is up to the courts to determine.

The case of Porter vs. State in 2001 found that a pocket knife is a “common pocket knife” only if the blade is less than 4 inches in length and the knife is in the closed position. Police found Porter with a 4-inch folder knife in the open position in her purse. She was arrested for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and found guilty. She appealed stating that the knife is a common pocket knife but the appellate court turned down her appeal. This means that, if a pocket knife is over 4 inches and in the open position, it is a weapon and excluded from being a “common pocket knife.”

However, if the pocket knife has too many features, it might not be a “common pocket knife.” The case of F.R. vs State in 2012 found that 3-inch pocket knife with serrations, a notched grip, hilt guard, and locking mechanism does not count as a “common pocket knife.” If his knife did not have serrations, a notched grip, hilt guard, and locking mechanism, it might have been a “common pocket knife.”

If the knife was designed for utility and not harm, it is not a deadly weapon. In the case of Holley v. State in 2004, it was found that a box cutter or razor knife does not qualify as a deadly weapon because it was designed for utility, not bodily harm.

In addition to the physical characteristics of the knife, the courts also decided that how the knife was used and handled needs to be taken into account as well. In the case of Mims v. State, Mims was found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon for having a pocket knife in his pocket during a robbery.

These cases still do not present that clear of a picture of what type of knife is a weapon and the case of Bell vs. State in 1996 found that it is up to the jury to decide if a knife is a deadly weapon given the definition of a deadly weapon, the knife, and how the knife was used into consideration. Judges can not make the decision.

The case of Hardy vs. State in 1992 found that a knife inside of a vehicle is not concealed if the knife and sheath are visible from the outside. Having a knife in the vehicle usually counts as having a concealed weapon but, if it is visible through the windows, it is not concealed.

What does this all mean? It means that you should stick to a plain 4-inch pocket knife, multi-tool, or box cutter. Any other type of knife can be illegal.

Ballistic Knife Ban

Fla. Stat. § 790.225 (2012)

§ 790.225.  Ballistic self-propelled knives; unlawful to manufacture, sell, or possess; forfeiture; penalty

(1) It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, display, sell, own, possess, or use a ballistic self-propelled knife which is a device that propels a knifelike blade as a projectile and which physically separates the blade from the device by means of a coil spring, elastic material, or compressed gas. A ballistic self-propelled knife is declared to be a dangerous or deadly weapon and a contraband item. It shall be subject to seizure and shall be disposed of as provided in s. 790.08(1) and (6).

Ballistic knives are also illegal under federal law so it is best to stay away from them.

Conclusion on Florida Knife Laws

For the most part, Florida knife laws are easy. You can own any knife as long as it is not a ballistic knife and, if you keep your knives at home, you should be fine. You can also open carry any knife you want. You can conceal carry a knife that is considered a dangerous weapon if you have a permit to do so (see state statute F.S.A. § 790.06).Typically, you can carry concealed or open, any pocket knife with a blade under 4″ as long as your intent is not obviously malicious.   Conceal carry of most any type of knife may or may not be considered carrying a concealed weapon so watch out.

There are also local laws outside of this so look up the laws in your city as well. Most cities in Florida have clearer guidelines on what is legal and illegal than the state law.

If you have a question, post it below. Note that this is not legal advice and I am not an attorney. Talk to an attorney if you are looking for legal advice.

Comments

  1. If i am reading correctly, it seems that if i have a concealed weapons permit there is no limit on size of knife as long as it is not a ballistic knife? In your non-attorney opinion…

    1. Hey Eric;
      It would appear that you’re correct. However, I would add this: if you have to ask this question, you may need further “official” advice since individual police officers have some discretion to be lenient or to pursue charges depending on how they interpret your intent while you carry your Samurai sword or other crazy weapon (even with a permit).
      cheers,
      J.

  2. I just bought a Stilleto button activated switch blade, can I carry it in my pocket?

    1. Hey Levi;
      In theory, YES. However, police officers do have the ability to question you and even confiscate the knife and even arrest you if they have any reason to believe you’re not totally harmless. If you’re carrying at a local or state fair with lots of people and kids, you may be questioned/confronted on that regardless of what the law says. I’d carefullychoose my timing and locations to carry any knife that looks like it can kill someone fairly easily! That’s my two cents!
      cheers,
      J.

  3. Hi, I have a question regarding a sword. I have a replica broadsword that is 47″ in length. It is an unsharpened replica that I intend to use as a part of a Halloween knight costume. Can I open carry this sword to various venues in town (costume contests) or will it get confiscated by the police?

    1. Swords are sometimes a gray area with regards to Police. I know in several states where there are sword conventions like medieval festivals, Police will make sure swords outside the gate of the convention are packaged properly and bound in such a way that they can’t be easily drawn and used, etc. and then the swords must be transported to a secure location (ie. your home) immediately. My best advice would be to try to get a plastic replica if at all possible so you can actually enjoy yourself instead of looking over your shoulder for a cop!
      cheers,
      J.

  4. What is the definition of “concealed”? Is this like in a pocket where you cant see it, a shirt over a belt knife or neck knife, or like a boot knife?
    Thanks!

    1. Hey Danielle;
      Because I’m not a lawyer, I’m not allowed to give you any “official” advice (only a lawyer in Florida can tell you for sure), but my thoughts are this; The statutes on each state’s website doesn’t really define the term concealed. Realistically, it would mean “not visible to bystanders if they look right at you”, or something like that. The idea is that if you can walk into a bar and no one knows you have a weapon, then it’s concealed, and you could sneak up on someone and jab ’em. If, on the other hand, everyone sees that big steel hanging from your belt, then it’s not concealed, and others can take appropriate action to either leave or defend themselves. That’s the only reason I can see for any knife carry law that says “carry any huge weapon you want as long as everyone can see it, but don’t you dare try to hide a little jackknife in your pocket!” That’s basically what all 50 states are saying in all their knife carry laws. That’s my opinion!
      Thanks for asking,
      J.

  5. What about a knife in a fishing tackle box?

    What do they consider a sword. It is not relay a knife but it is over 4 inches…..Plus, hard to conceal unless it is in a car.

    1. Whether or not you’ll get in trouble for carrying any knife has a lot to do with the officer. The context in which you’re carrying will be important. If you’re in a fishing boat casting in the weeds or even traveling with your boat, you’ll never get in trouble for having a fillet or pocket or hunting knife in your tackle box, but if you get a nasty officer looking to pick a fight, you never know – lots of gray areas unfortunately.
      cheers,
      J.

  6. I have 4 1/2 inch fixed blade knife with a cover and i am 17 . I carry it with me non concealed but my shirt covers most of the cover, but it is still visible. Is this still legal or should i tuck my shirt behind the knife?

    1. If it’s just a shirt then yes, you’re 100% fine. But since you’re under the age of 18 I don’t suggest having a fixed blade at that length only because some counties (I.e. Pasco and Hernando where I live) might get you into a bit of trouble if you don’t have a good reason to have it. At 17 I’d carry a simple cheap folder for work and such. Also check for “additional features” such as serrations or a heavy metal grip, that would be considered a minor with a deadly weapon. Hope this helps!

  7. I keep a folding work-knife in the side pocket of my truck (for a few months I had actually forgotten I had it in the other pocket until I was looking for something else… now I’m keeping it for ‘just in case’/emergencies/to open packets when I’m at lunch /etc )

    I can’t quite remember the length… can’t be more than four inches if that.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213549646231437&set=a.10213398675257257&type=3&theater

    In the photo it’s the top one on the stand above the rainbow/dragon knife.

    1. is it considered concealed where it is / if it were in the console or glove box?

    and

    2. Is it a good idea to tell an officer **if** I were to be stopped for any reason that I am a collector and there is one in the pocket or better to fain innocence were it to come to that?

    Thank you.

    1. Hey Lizz;
      As per usual, I’m not allowed to give you “official” advice on this (ultimately you can get answers from a legal professional in Florida), but I can tell you that details concerning what is a “pocket knife” are a bit vague. If your knife falls into that category (I guess according to the officer who may pull you over), then you’re better off. If your knife fits the description of a more aggressive “combat style” blade, you could be in more trouble. I’m not even sure you’d get a straight answer if you went to the police station and showed them the knife and asked those exact questions! I wish I could help more, but those are just my 2 cents.
      J.

    1. Hey Sean;
      Officially I can’t give you info since I’m not a lawyer, and so your only actionable info should come from a legal professional in the state of Florida. Having said that, it looks like any knife is legal if open carried (I guess so people can see you’re armed and can prepare themselves accordingly – whatever that might be!). However, as with all states, a police officer can question you and take further action if he has any concerns about public safety. Carrying a military knife with a 7-inch blade might just bring you that kind of attention! That’s my 2 cents.
      cheers,
      J.

  8. i am 17 and have this knife – https://www.chevymall.com/Chevrolet-Elemental-Survival-Knife/productinfo/ECH9905/
    it comes with a pouch that attaches to a belt .can i have the pouch on my belt and carry the knife with me when i go out .i have it for self protection and emergencies . i am home schooled so school is not included in going out.if it matters im in gainesville florida.
    by going out i mean going in the woods and down dirt roads for photos of my truck and going up to the store .also just driving around.

    1. Hey Shaun;
      Thanks for the question. Although I’m not a lawyer and ultimately, you can only get official counsel from a lawyer in Florida, my thoughts are this: If you’re under 18, I’d be very careful. If you don’t mingle in public, you should be okay, but officially you should not carry any type of knife. If you must, I’d stick to a knife with a 3 inch or shorter blade and not a tactical (aggressive, black, serrated, etc.) knife. Get a folding pocket knife that looks as harmless as possible, and stay away from public areas. AND, don’t conceal.
      You can also read Frank’s comment below!
      Take care bro! My kids are homeschooled too!
      J.

  9. First of to all the 15 and 16 year old guys on here, my advice is that you just keep your knives at home if in doubt. Also consider that if all you really want is to have a knife in case of an emergency like someone is tangled in some rope or their face is wrapped in plastic, or you need to cut a seat belt or similar situation, then consider getting a small pocket knife or neck knife with a short blade under 3 inches, maybe even 2″ or less.
    The less tactical and threatening the knife, the less people will care and it’ll be less noticeable yet not illegal just residing in a pocket.

    I know it sucks that some people can wear or carry Gerber LMF 2’s or SOG SEAL’s or even a common machete and whatever folders they want inside their pockets or clipped on the hem or on their belts. It’s always hard to accept these contradictions as to what can be sold, what citizens can purchase, but only keep at home or train with at a martial arts club, dojo, self defense studio, or use in competition.

    I own a variety of blades yet all I ever carry is a compact Gerber Scout and my Kershaw Shuffle or maybe one of several Schrades. I do have a CRKT Hammond, but it’s a large folder and I have yet to carry it, but I do plan to create a couple of EDC bags and “bug out bags” into which I could certainly use and pack some of my folders and fixed blades, but the question plagues me if being low key will make it cool with local cops or if they see that as carrying concealed weapons.

    Pardon me for typing so much, but this brings up another point. If we knife carrying citizens keep our knives under cover so as not to look “armed” or to elicit concern and to go about our business as gentlemen not looking for trouble or to create fear then should our actions be seen as non-threatening and thus legal? If I attach a knife to my belt, wear around my neck, or attach on the outside of a bag then it’s obvious I am not intending to cover and conceal thus hiding it from anyone including law enforcement. Yet one stupid pansy crusader can act like a sissy and be a little snitch and create trouble. And then what happens to one of us depends on the police who either understand what we are doing or might run us in to demonstrate to the “snitching coward” that the situation was handled.

  10. “You can conceal carry a knife that is not considered a dangerous weapon if you have a permit to do so.”

    Should this read “…knife that IS considered….” ?

    A concealed weapon permit allows you to carry dangerous/deadly weapons unless otherwise specifically prohibited, such as ballistic knives, for example.

    1. Hey J;
      Thanks for checking us out! The answer to your question is NO, the statement is correct as written (though because of your question, we updated the answer to be a little more clear). If you get a permit, you can conceal carry nearly any knife that is not on the dangerous weapons list. Without a permit, you can still carry them, but they must be visible. You can, however, conceal carry anything in your private residence (as we understand it). Be sure to check with a Florida paralegal or lawyer to confirm anything you read on our site – even though we do our very best to be current and accurate. We’re still humans here at knifeup and we’ve been known to make mistakes!
      J.

  11. I am 16. I want to conceal carry a fixed Gerber knife with a 4 inch blade. The blade does not fold. Can a minor legally carry this knife in Florida?

    1. Hey Matt;
      From what I can tell, it looks like nearly any knife is not allowed to be concealed. The exception is if you have a permit, but you’d have to research the details on this.
      cheers
      J.

  12. Schools have separate rules; students have no right to carry weapons. Teachers with guns are controversial enough.

  13. Hi I’m a 15 year old with a rather wide ranged collection of weaponry and I am interested in buying a karambit, I live in Florida of course but am not sure if I myself am allowed to purchase one. Help?

    1. I carry a folding karambit and I am 16. The law says if it folds in the handle then you can carry it

  14. Question : I live in Florida & I carry a common pocket knife to school because I go to a very very violent school , & I have it for protection when I walk home , if I get found with it on School Campus Will I be charged ?? Or can I just tell the cop lady at my school it’s under 4 inches (which it is) & she would let it go or will I be charged for bringing it on school campus?? Thanks ????????

    1. You WILL get in very much trouble for bringing any sort of knife to school. Although there are laws in Florida that let you carry a knife. the Student Code of Conduct found in every public school in Florida bans weapons of any type. It doesn’t matter how rough your school is.

    2. No no no no no, no matter what, its illegal to carry any type of knife or blade or weapon at any school

  15. As a teen, my mentally and physically abusive dad had me arrested after I couldn’t take the abuse anymore and charged him. The cop asked what was in my pocket. I had a 3 inch pocket knife that I used when I helped my dad around the house on the days he didn’t drink and was a decent guy. Cop told me he should also charge me for carrying a concealed weapon, but he “let it slide”. This being in 2000. Managed to get into the Air Force. Found out while deployed, us airmen couldn’t deploy having a pocket knife longer than 2 inches. We were supposed to have been protected by the Army. That didn’t work. Got service connected disabled, went to the Florida VA hospital, got stopped by security but allowed to pass because my multitool pliers I had from service was underneath 3 inches.

  16. I live in Pensacola I ride on eglin afb reservation on my Kawasaki enduro, not asking about military or base laws, but when I am on the way to eglin on public roads can I open carry making sure my shirt and jacket is behind the sheath fully exposing the knife. More exactly the sog seal team elite. It’s a big knife about size of kabar but more stabby looking. It’s in a kidex sheath the sheath is held by my belt. I go into the middle of nowhere solo, in banjo territory if ya get me, I’m covered in expensive gear, I would look like I have alot to lose, eglin has strict laws about guns on the reservation so I don’t even try to get into that, so I carry this knife strictly for protection, it looks serious even in the sheath, its plain as day on me, hoping folks that see me as prey think again, ive ran into people that had not a dollar to there name out there (bums) and im playing by the rules ill hang out anywhere i want and ill fight to the death before they get my gear that ive worked so hard to get.I am currently carrying this knife every ride. I’ve heard cops opinions on the matter and they say I’m fine but I need the facts.

  17. The “masters” (the Jewish masonic elite of power) want to put us to live with blacks (a violent race) and want to stole us the self defence right… while they live in their all Jewish neighbourhoods.
    Did you know, that here in eeuu the only group that have right to live isolated from other groups is the jews?

  18. You left out the most important part of F.S. Ch. 790.225.

    Switchblades are legal, exempted from the prohibition.

    (2) This section shall not apply to:
    (a) Any device from which a knifelike blade opens, where such blade remains physically integrated with the device when open.

    I’d say that was a pretty important omission.

  19. I am a nationally certified, state licenced emt and I’m also currently enrolled in a Fire Academy, due to the nature of my career field I often Cary a tactical type rescue knife on and off the job. It is assisted opening and has finger/thumb tabs, a window breaker, seat belt cutter and 3 1/2 inch blade. I usually keep it clipped in my pocket. Alot of the time my shirt will cover it if I’m off the job. Will I get into any sort of legal trouble for caring this and if so will explaining my situation to the officer help. Thanks

    1. I think this is covered in main post – just don’t conceal it.
      But in your line of work you’re in contact with LE all the time, just ask a few of them & get their opinion.

  20. I am a 15 year old male. I often ride my bike around town and to the grocery store, mall, restaurant, etc. I am considering getting a 3′ Karambit with a folding blade (for defensive and utility purposes, as I often ride down trails). I am also planning on getting a car soon which may increase the need for proper protection. If I carry this in public (closed and clipped onto the inside of my pocket, clip visible from outside of pocket) is it legal? Thanks!

    1. since it has a pocket clip that will show along with any part of the knife that is above the clip your perfectly fine, and if your ever stopped by an officer id stick with sayin its for utility uses. I carry several knives on me at all times and have even open carried a few in busy areas without being stopped.

  21. Maybe I missed it but what is the status of automatic knives? I Did not see them addressed above.

  22. Knife laws should have a premption clause like firearms. A hodgepodge of local laws can make anyone traveling with a blade in their pocket an instant criminal.

  23. May I carry a concealed trainer balisong around? A balisong trainer has absolutely no blade and I’m not sure if it even counts as a weapon. It can’t really hurt anyone and can basically be classified as a metal toy. Plz help I’m going on a vacation soon.

  24. If you have a ccw permit is there any additional leeway or different restrictions towards the ability to carry a concealed knife in Florida? Such as size or fixed blade?

    1. I’d like an answer to this as well. I’ll keep reading and hope its answered somewhere.

  25. So… what can I literally just walk around with a knife say 7″ in hand or should it be in a sheath ? What if I have it in my bag not exactly easily accessible since I’d hafta take my bag off and look for it furthermore what about like swords or long blades and such ? Like the long blades used for cutting down bamboo or weeds and such, technically not meant for bodily harm bu not exactly utility use either so ? Like in all seriousness I’m asking I’m planning on moving there but not really in the mood to just throw out all my knives and blades and such. Also it didn’t really specify age requirements so can I just hand my 15 year old a tactical knife ? If not then what age and again, where would it be legal for me to carry it, i.e., in hand, halfway in shoe or boot, sheathed partway, pocket, bag, straps, belt, in pants, etc.?

    1. It should be in its sheath. If its in your hand and someone thinks you are upset, angry, threatening, etc. then you are in violation of Florida law, because of the perception of danger that you are creating.

    2. Ooh okay thanks yeah because I was wondering whether or not that was legal or if I would end up having to give up my blades or something

    3. As for giving your tactical knife to your son… if he his your son, or some legal variation on that theme, you should be ok. However, if he is not your son, and you are not the child’s guardian or something like that, then it is a violation, because of his age.

  26. what is the difference between concealed vs open?
    Does a folding knife in pocket with visible clip constitute concealed or open?
    Thanks

  27. I am a 13 year old considering buying a trainer balisong. it just has a rounded, dull , flat metal piece. am I allowed ti keep it at home?

    1. Trainer blades are essentially toys. They are not weapons because you cant cut or stab with one. They do count as imitation weapons, but laws do not really apply to them.

    2. imitation weapons get covered if used in a crime, and if someone would threaten another with it like a convenience store clerk they might get shot just like a realistic toy gun

    3. Balisong are legal in Florida. Your parents my have a different perspective on your having a balisong, even a training version. I do not think you are allowed to buy it. Your parent can give you one. If anyone else does, they violated the law.

  28. I am curious as to if I need a concealed weapons permit to carry brass knuckles, butterfly knives, switchblades and throwing stars in the state of Florida? I have visited many websites and have not found the information that solidifies my answer one way or the other. If there are any law-enforcement officers out there who know the answer, I would certainly appreciate any feedback you can provide.

    1. Brass knuckles – no
      butterfly knives (balisong) – yes
      switchblades – depends on the exact knife. I don’t know which you are thinking
      throwing stars – can not be carried concealed. I would limit them to your private property of martial arts training facility.

  29. You know; it’s a damn shame what I’M READING HERE. We have to snivel like dogs to see what the masters i.e., FEDERAL STATE AND MUNICIPAL DICKHEADS considers what’s okay or not. and then word it so they can do what ever suits their fancy. This is 100% bs. I enlisted in the army in 1970 to protect this kind of stinking, WORSE THAN COMMUNISM; government? I don’t think so.

    Carry what hell you need to for what ever reason to cut what ever? The questions will always remain the same; Is this legal is that legal today what about tomorrow what about next week. F. THAT! This whole country is operating; ILLEGAL and by liars and scumbags; and some STINKING SOB or fat slob is going to dictate what the hell I can carry? if the law makers e.g., little HITLER /MRers weren’t such scumbags they wouldn’t need to worry about who’s carrying what. They’re job it to administer the gd finances and keep the infrastructure from failing not end up as RAT BASTARD DICTATORS MAKING LAW and debt as their legacy. BESIDES; A 2″ box cutter BLADE CAN CARVE UP ANY size ass.

    What about the 2nd amendment? Since when does a municiple court dictate and override the gd constitution? You sheep; just keep asking. THE LORD AND MASSA WHAT YOUS IS ALLOWED TO DO. DA MASSA will decide to lets you chillin out to play or carry a knife gun or toothpick. As long as you act and beg like dogs you’re going to be treated like dogs. The thing is; the MASSA’s be thinking I is da dog too. ” NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN” IS ABSOLUTELY, GOD DAMN RIGHT!

    1. WELL SAID.Sheeple will always look to whoever is in charge,trusting that they have our ‘best interests’ at heart and would never lie to them.They will not listen to a word that I say they just smile and get that ‘you’re a tin foil hat wearer’ aren’t you?I just keep trying to pound it in their heads Hey sheeple LISTEN to what this guy is preaching he hit the nail on the head with that short comment.Check out some of the videos on youtube with a open mind if they are too far out ,don’t worry, watch something else.Waking up to this kind of truth takes time start small and just let the info sink in.Because most of the claims on alternative media,have the in your face proof for these claims and if not, watch something else.The trick is if it’s not for you DON’T say anything just leave and for God’s sake DON’T be a TROLL no one likes or thinks that it’s funny,unless it’s another troll and in that case you both go somewhere.That’s it I just wanted to say great comment I am with you 200% Keep trying to spread the truth and Peace Out!

    2. I could not of said it any better myself.

  30. I’m about to move to Florida in a few months and have 2 katana swords. I prefer them over owning a gun for protection. My question is this, what is Florida’s law over swords? Will I have to register them or something?

    1. Absolutely not. There is no law regarding swords in your home. You’re fine.

  31. I have a large buck knife. Am I able to care it on my waist inside a sheath. (the blade is larger than 4 inches) I didn’t know if the sheath made a difference or not

  32. I am a FL CCW permit holder, right now I have a survivor’s knife ( I think it has an around 10″ blade, serrated top and some accesories inside the handle, thread, needles, matches and things of such nature) in its sheath in the “storage” space of my car door. Is it legal for me to carry it that way? I never have it on my, it always stays inside my car….

  33. I’ve got an “American Patriot” pocket knife; http://www.knife-kingdom.com/images/RR530.jpg
    I have two questions. First, Would it be considered illegal to carry it in Florida since it does have a few accessories?(locking mechanism and the two parts on the bottom of the handle)
    Second, It IS made in China but the metal >seems< pretty good. Is it cheap chinese crap or should I look for something better knife-wise?

    1. I would expect it would be considered a utility knife, if it was a square tip, instead of a pointed tip.
      If you are diving with it then it would not be concealed and not an issue.

  34. I have a Cold Steel Perfect Balance throwing knife with its own sheath. Is this considered a concealed weapon and can I be punished by law if I keep it under the passenger seat of my car in the event that I need to defend myself from someone trying to hijack my car, or if I keep it there if I need to break a window to rescue a pet or child from another person’s car? Can I carry it in my purse while it is in the sheath?

    1. In your car is fine. Florida has a “stand your ground” law. Look it up if you are not familiar. Basically it allows a person to defend one’s own life against threat or perceived threat. That law states that you do not have to retreat if faced with an imminent and immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death. But now if you break a car window to rescue someone’s dog or pet, that can be breaking the law, regardless if you think you are right. It’s still someone else’s property and they can charge you for breaking and entering a vehicle. Sounds stupid, but it can and has happened before.

    2. The more applicable law is the Castle doctrine… the car is an extension of your home.
      If you rescue someone or some pet, the way you describe, be prepared for some jail time… just in case.
      Your better course of action is 911 and seeking the owner. Blow your horn, have the store manager use their PA system, etc.

  35. So if you carry a knife under 4 inches without too many of the extra features and carrying it clipped on your pocket so they can see it be considered illegal?

    1. I am not a lawyer but my interpretation, for me, is that if they can see the belt/pocket clip, it is not concealed (as long as I do not try to cover it up). For me, I understand that to mean it is legal (assuming this website is accurate in its presentation of open carry. )
      Will each cop know that??? If you are in doubt, printout the relevant section of the law, from the state of Florida website, and put it in your wallet, and copy it as a document to your phone.

    1. is wen u crry all pces opn instd off clsd.

  36. can i open carry an ak-47 on my hip with a laucher,scope,bayonet,100 round mag, on full auto? pls hlp

    1. You can open carry any legal firearm without a license, but only if you are fishing, hunting or camping or going to or returning from any of these activities.

    2. No. Plus, it better have an ATF tax stamp regarding the full auto. Even if you do, hunting with full auto will get FWC on you like white on rice. Unless made before 1986, you won’t be able to get a tax stamp.

    3. no open carry of firearms in fl unless hunting or fishing and directly to and from and i would not make any stops and fed legal on auto

    4. Full autos are illegal anyways

  37. I was wondering about a 3inch butterfly or balisong knife. In the closed position is it legal to carry without a license to?

    1. only iff u tll peple u hass itt n u,, thk u hve 2 tll evrybdy u m33t.

  38. I own a mtech mx-8054 its a 6″ blade, I’m wondering if its legal to carry, but like put it in a bag or something.

  39. I usually have a knife I’ve measured to be 3.5 in. long with a seatbelt cutter and a glass breaking point on the end. When I’m in my car I have it in either the cup holder between the two front seats, in the hand grip on the door, or the area at the bottom where napkins or other small things can be kept for organizational purposes. I’m not positive that my methods are legal so where could/would I go to confirm or deny this?

    1. Hi I am a police officer and I just want to let you know that yes if your knife is in the cup holder you are fine. We as officers are able to see it through your window. But if you do get pulled over what you need to do is as soon as you roll down your window put both hands on your steering wheel and tell the officer you have a knife in the cup holder and ask him/her how they would like to proceed

    2. Does the common pocket knife law remain the same if it is an assisted opening knife?

    3. Officer Dunning, The article talks about concealed weapons (including knives) but does not make a
      distinction between Concealed Weapon Permit Holders and those who do not
      have a permit. Can you give clarification on what knives are legal for a concealed weapon permit holder to carry? Can you have anything other than a ballistic knife as long as it’s concealed, or does it have to be open carried? Any input would be appreciated. I’d rather not find out the answer to my question by way of being put in cuffs.

  40. Hi

    I am looking in to knives as a Collector and utility purpose.
    I only plan on using say a Laguna and or a Swiss Army outside of my house but
    for other knives such as Folders with Damascus blades and Auto I will keep at home.

    My question is: Is it ok to own a tactical knife such as a S&W and Also a stilleto style Swichblade?

    Thanks!

    Gustav

  41. I would like to know the specifics for Kabar TDI knife. It is solid blade knife approx 2-3″ blade that is carried in a sheath mounted on your belt , hung around the neck or around the ankle.
    Still confused about the interpretation and the law.

    Thank you

  42. How does this impact people who wear a knife as part of a regalia, national costume, etc?
    For example.. I’m Scots, and, if I dress “full formal”, I wear a short, non- folding blade tucked in my sock. Traditionally, you put it there so it’s on display, as a courtesy… But I was told I needed a CC permit to wear it in a public park….

    1. The CC to wear in a public park is not accurate.
      790.10 Improper exhibition of dangerous weapons or firearms.—If
      any person having or carrying any dirk, sword, sword cane, firearm,
      electric weapon or device, or other weapon shall, in the presence of one
      or more persons, exhibit the same in a rude, careless, angry, or
      threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense, the person so
      offending shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree,
      punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
      History.—s. 1, ch. 4532, 1897; GS 3272; RGS 5105; CGL 7207; s. 5, ch. 69-306; s. 743, ch. 71-136; s. 2, ch. 76-165; s. 174, ch. 91-224.

  43. Is it legal to carry a Bear Grylls Ultra Compact Fixed Blade Knife in a sheath around my neck.

  44. “Well if I ever go on vacation to Florida again I am going to make sure I get a letter from the local police Dept ok’ing the exact type of knife I will be carrying and the method or methods in which I will be carrying it.” – Jason

    That sounds like a great idea. I’ve asked a few cops what the law was regarding guns in the car, but I never thought about getting a statement in writing so I have proof of what was said. I didn’t know I could do that! I guess I should do that too.

  45. So you’ve stated you can open carry just about any knife. Does that mean I can carry a Karambit as long as the finger loop is visible, or it is clipped to my pants? What about if it it is clipped to my pants, but I happen to wear a long shirt that happens to cover the clip (as most shirts normally do that)?

    What about concealed carrying a folding karambit with wave-opener that has a blade length of 3″? The karambit was invented in Indonesia for utility, so even though it can be used as a weapon, it is a utility knife. In my opinion, it is the best knife available to work with.

    1. If your shirt covers it, then just like a firearm, it’s concealed. You would need a Florida Concealed Weapons Permit in that exact case.
      If you would like to get your permit, contact me thru my website
      http://SelfProtectionConcepts.com

  46. You have some incorrect grammar you may want to fix:

    1. Section “What the Law Says,” Paragraph 3, it says “might of.” “Might of” doesn’t mean anything, it should say “might have.”

    2. 2nd paragraph right before “Balistic Knife Ban,” it says “if it is visible threw the windows.” “Threw” should be replaced with “through.”

  47. Can I open carry a 7 inch blade Ka-bar knife I’m a 10 year old worried about getting stabbedI live in tampa

    1. u shld plp mex tex can hlp cd row

  48. Can I open carry a 7 inch blade Ka-bar knife I’m a 10 year old worried about getting mugged I live in tampa

    1. You should rethink this, that knife will do you more harm than provide protection.

    2. True, in 21 feet a subject with deadly intent can cover that distance and stab an officer before the officer can draw and fire. Even with a shot or two that hit the subject, adrenaline and possibly drugs will maintain momentum and numb pain and you will still be stabbed. Unless The T spot of the face (brain stem) or spine, or heart is hit. We have no stab vests, the UK has stab vests since guns are banned., Ballistic projectile vests are meant to work on firearm rounds (pistol) and will not work on a knife. If the knife is already out, my weapon would be drawn as I exited and if any move in my direction was made, deadly force was would be used no question. An ASP (baton), or taser, are below the threat level. 21 feet without a weapon drawn and you will be stabbed unless unlikely back-up is around (many areas officers are alone, back is 10-20 min away). Serious, serious matter. keep them sheathed and visible over 4 inches in public unless defending or in the woods away from the public. If an officer asks you to drop or lay it down, do so. Please don’t cause difficulty and there will be problems. We all want to go home when it’s time, safe. Most officers would fear a drawn 5-7 inch knife than a pistol for numerous reasons. Getting back in the car ignition on and firing through the side window if any non-compliance or advance or “bumping” them with my car are options. Knives are SERIOUS. Krav Maga should be part of police training, disarming knives and using ASP’s (batons) in particular.

    3. Danny Crowe proved the 21 foot rule falls a little short, pun intended-
      (vs. Raylen Givens, Justified Season 5)

  49. When i go fishing and going to and back from my trip I open carry a buck knife 10″ in length and a knights arms Sr-15 E3 with 3 mags over my shoulder and ive had no problems you can legally open carry under the folowing conditions going fishing and back home, camping,hunting. Which you can open carry from knives,machetes,tomahawks,axes,rifles,shotguns,handguns.

  50. I’m 16 years old, is it illegal for me to carry a karambit that is in a sheath In plain view on my belt while I go fishing? Also is it legal for me to carry a butterfly knife sense its considered a folding knife & not a gravity knife. The blades are under 4inches with no hilt guard, notches, or serations.

  51. Why dont you idiots read the damn article???!!! All your queations are qnswered in there

  52. I got arrested a few nights ago and had a small knife in my purse, the blade is maybe two inches at most. They didn’t give it back, is that illegal to have? I was arrested for Dui.

  53. ‘Ka-Bar Original TDI Law Enforcement Serrated Knife’
    Is this One considered a Legal Carry Knife?

  54. Well if I ever go on vacation to Florida again I am going to make sure I get a letter from the local police Dept ok’ing the exact type of knife I will be carrying and the method or methods in which I will be carrying it.

    I have swam with my Glock 19 before and I would be carrying the to G19 concealed anyways BUT the reason I wanted to carry a knife wasn’t for self defense. I would want to carry the knife concealed preferably so as to not scare the morons. The Police don’t need their time wasted and I got better things to do then scare pansy liberals.

  55. It looks like anti-self defence, anti-knife, lying, manipulative, scumbag politicians deliberately worded Florida’s law so that it will basically be up to the cop and the judge to decide what they arrest, charge, and convict you for.

    The laws should not be this complicated and grey.

    I’d like to carry a 4 inch Titanium Dive knife on me if I ever go on vacation to Marco Island Again. One of those would be downright useful. Looks like that may or may not be legal. Ill probably get convicted even if it is legal though!

    I wonder if having a carry permit would make the law less vague and grey.

    Freaking unconstitutional commies!!! Whoever wrote that law was a degenerate.

    1. Open carry it, in it’s sheath, not concealed.

      It makes for an active deterrent that way….
      Last time I was at Marco Island I didn’t see anything to be worried about…. but I also carry options… 🙂

  56. To Paul Burns who asked ” neighbor’s dog made a serious attempt to take my leg off when I went out for a 0500 walk here in Tallahassee, FL.”

    My opinion is you should get training, a carry permit, a Glock 19, and a good Inside the Wasteband holster. I love dogs but it sounds like that dog is dangerous and that its owner is trying to cover for it. I suggest if it seriously attacks you again and you have to defend yourself that you kill it.

  57. OK…I understand what you said but: If I do have a concealed weapons permit, I am allowed to carry an auto knife? I am a retired deputy but being a civilian confuses me now.

  58. “Under conclusion of Florida knife laws it is quotes as saying ‘ You can also open carry any knife you want’. REALLY??? I hardly think so,,,, if you look close at the Statutes of Florida, the State has a NO go on ANY ‘weapon’ in an open carry mode.”

    This does not prohibit knives:

    790.053(1: ”Except as otherwise provided by law and in subsection (2), it is unlawful for any person to openly carry on or about his or her person any firearm or electric weapon or device. It is not a violation of this section for a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm as provided in s. 790.06(1), and who is lawfully carrying a firearm in a concealed manner, to briefly and openly display the firearm to the ordinary sight of another person, unless the firearm is intentionally displayed in an angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense.”

    “I was told (by LEO) NO to carrying a SMALL K Bar in a Kydex sheath on my belt (openly carried). Yet I got a GO on carrying Karambits in the pocket, knife clip exposed. Go figure.”

    Cops aren’t lawyers or judges. Sometimes they’re wrong. Sometimes they’re wrong even in situations where the law is very well defined in the statutes.

    “To search out better answers, I went imto three surrounding Counties and went to different LEO centers in each to ask,,,, I got 27 different interpertations. Point being,,,, what may seem ‘easy’ as stated above, is very confusing. Black & white would be much easier than ‘gray’. YMMV.”

    Let’s not define it any further. Right now almost anything is legal. You could literally walk down the street wearing a sword in its scabbard. As long as you use some common sense, you’ll be fine. Get ridiculous about it, and you’ll beat the rap but not the ride.

    Let’s say we start defining this. How long a knife can you carry? 6 inches? Then what about machetes? 18″? Then what happens when I’m working in my yard with a cane knife or a Kaiser blade? Doesn’t fit either definition and I go to prison.

    We’re better off in a situation where almost everything is legal to open carry.

    “And as for this mystical 4″ rule,,, can ANYBODY actually show me that in black & white print in the State of Florida Statutes?? I think not.”

    It’s not in the statutes, it’s established in case law. L. B. v. State, 700 So. 2d 370, 373

  59. I have a spring assisted pocket knife with a seatbelt cutter and glass breaker. It was intended to be used if i were to go off a bridge or have to pull someone out of a vehicle during a acident. The blade is 3.5 inches in total. 2.5 blade and 1in saw blade. I live in florida and i normaly carry on my belt thanks to a belt clip. Is this knife legal or illegal. I dont believe i did anything wrong.

  60. ~REGARDING LONGER BLADES

    This is fine and all, but on another question of the same topic: Machetes and similar. I am from maine, going to be moving to Florida and we have no written law about not being able to carry a longer blade. I carry a machete with me when I go out walking for safety and as a potential tool. I am curious if Florida is the same as it sounds like it might be. However I would rather not think that, go walking around with my machete on my belt and get arrested for “seeming threatening” or some rubbish.

  61. Under conclusion of Florida knife laws it is quotes as saying ” You can also open carry any knife you want”. REALLY??? I hardly think so,,,, if you look close at the Statutes of Florida, the State has a NO go on ANY “weapon” in an open carry mode.

    Knives happen to be a real passion of mine, and Florida has done a POOR job of properly defining the “laws”. Much is left to personal interpetation, and that will include the LEO on the scene.

    I was told (by LEO) NO to carrying a SMALL K Bar in a Kydex sheath on my belt (openly carried). Yet I got a GO on carrying Karambits in the pocket, knife clip exposed. Go figure.

    To search out better answers, I went imto three surrounding Counties and went to different LEO centers in each to ask,,,, I got 27 different interpertations. Point being,,,, what may seem “easy” as stated above, is very confusing. Black & white would be much easier than “gray”. YMMV.

    And as for this mystical 4″ rule,,, can ANYBODY actually show me that in black & white print in the State of Florida Statutes?? I think not.

  62. Getting ready to hike thru Florida with a full framed back pack, is having a Bowie in the pack considered concealed carry? Any input would be appreciated.

  63. I have a rescue / divers knife attached to my canoeing life vest. I am planning a paddling trip in FL. Should I ditch the knife?

  64. Am I allowed to openly carry a 14 inch bowie knife on my belt if I am on my property ?

    1. Spring assist is legal.
      Full automatic is only legal if you are in law enforcement.

  65. Does Florida have a preemption law with knives? Can local communities and counties make more stringent regulations? I have read in places that people say Miami-Dade County has stricter knife laws, but I can not find them in print any where.

  66. I have a punch dagger and the blade is about 4 invhes. There is a lock you press on the bottom that can make it from a regular looking knife to the knife perpindicularly to the handle so you can hold it in your fist easily. It dosent close, it goes into a sheath. I put the sheat on the inside of my shorts so it cant be seen but you can still see the metal clip on the outside but my shirt usually covers it. Is this legal? If not what charges could i face for it?

  67. Can a belt loop fixed blade be partially covered by a jacket or vest?
    And what if your not from this state can you still carry a 4″ fixed blade in a sheath attached to your belt?

  68. I live in florida and im a felon. I was wondering if I could carry my 4″ gerber knife in my pocket?

    1. Check with your parole officer. I would expect that would be a violation.

  69. I live in a semirural area and do long walks with my dog every day. I always carry my Ka-Bar on my belt. Sometimes it’s in open carry mode and sometimes my shirt covers a portion of it. I’ve never had any problems with law enforcement or anyone else.

  70. I was wondering what are the legal knives you can have cause I’m a hunter and would like to know more about the state rules on hunting knives.

  71. Is it legal to carry a kbar in a sheath thats attached to my belt loop?

  72. Is a real filet knife legal to carry it on me and in my truck. I live in florida. Thanxs

  73. As easy as it is to get a concealed carry license in Florida, I don’t know why everyone does not have one. I am assuming, since it does not say otherwise, that just about any knife except a ballistic knife could be carried concealed with the license. However, I prefer my .45 GAP Glock 39!! That way there is no chance of showing up with a knife at a gun fight!!

  74. Can I legally have a Kabar (7″ fixed blade tactical) mounted in plain view on the upper fork of my motorcycle, in a sheath?

  75. I have never had any problem in FL with a 7″- 10″ bladed fillet knife, carried openly, or just tossed on the dash. These are cheap, very sharp, lightweight knives. There’s nowhere in the state that isn’t near water, and the police don’t seem to freak out upon seeing one. which they might do with combat/tactical fixed blade knives.
    I’ve been stopped with a machete laying in plain view in the passenger floorboard, which was ignored while they took my EDC “for our protection” and returned it unloaded!
    Both are usually considered ‘tools’, and not a concern to law enforcement.
    However be very careful about ‘threatening motions’!

  76. Is it legal to openly carry a belt knife or a big knife on your belt to ensure no one in your family gets hurt im 20 and live in tampa and scared to walk down my street

  77. Hi I’m 18 and I go walking around a lot, and living in Miami it isn’t the safest thing to do honestly. Sometimes I have to bus home really late too and it gets kind of scary. I’m always worried about some guy trying to draw a knife on me or something to mug me. I wanted to know that would it be illegal to conceal a like 3″ bladed dagger, with a sheathe in my pants pocket or something like this? It doesn’t fold so it doesn’t count as a pocket knife but at the same time it’s a small blade so I’m not sure. Thanks.

  78. do i need a licence to carry a knife in fla ( like to drive a car)

  79. I am 19 years old and currently own 2 knives, both of which have switches on them. Would they be classified as a “ballistic” due to the switch or are they illegal to carry in the state of Florida in general?

    1. it depends, if the blade launches out off the handle then it is a ballistic knife and fully illegal. but if the blade swings out to the side from the handle then it is an assisted opening or automatic knife. if the blade comes straight up out of the handle and is not a utility knife then it is a switchblade and can be considered illegal depending on where you are. im not really sure considering my buddy and I have walked right past police cars with the cops in them decked out with our survival gear like axes, hatchets, 6 inch fixed blades and like 2 folding knives in our pockets and like camo and everything and they didn’t so much as look at us sideways so really it depends on what you are doing and what the cop is like

  80. A neighbor’s dog made a serious attempt to take my leg off when I went out for a 0500 walk here in Tallahassee, FL. When the police arrived the dog was back in its fenced yard, and no one would answer the door. The police said that since they did not witness the attack, all they could do is attach a warning to the door, unless I want to make a formal complaint and be ready to go to court. The dog was vicious, and could do serious damage to someone. Any problem with me carrying a machete? Or an African tribal knife I have that is about 18″ long? Spear? I don’t have a concealed weapon permit so do not want to carry a gun.

    1. Assisted are legal. Full automatic are only legal for law enforcement. My thought is that if the clip is visible, then its not concealed. If its not concealed then its open carry. If the clip is covered by something, so you can’t see it, then its concealed and it better be compliant, or you’ll need a Florida Concealed Weapons Permit.

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