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Florida Knife Laws Explained

Florida Knife Laws Explained
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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 Knife Laws 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 cannot 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.

For more information on Florida’s knife laws, please consider a more in-depth resource like this:

FLORIDA FIREARMS Law, Use & Ownership 9th edition Dec 2018


    • 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

    • 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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’!

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

  7. 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!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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.


    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.

  17. 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.

  18. “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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.”

  24. 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.

  25. “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.

  26. 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….

    • 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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?



  29. 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?

    • 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

      • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

  31. 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?

    • 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.

  32. 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?

    • 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.

      • 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.

  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?

  34. 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….

  35. 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

  36. 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?

  37. 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.

    • 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.

    • Rick said “throwing stars – can not be carried concealed”, does that mean I can’t get them shipped to my house (as they would be concealed in a package) ? I am asking because I asked my friend in japan if she can ship throwing stars to me in FL. I want to make sure that I can get them by mail, and that it is all legal.
      Note: I am not interested in using them as weapons, I would like to have them just as a souvenir from Japan.
      Thank you

  38. 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?

    • 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.

      • 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

    • 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.

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

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  41. 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.?

    • 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.

      • 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

    • 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.

  42. 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?

  43. 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… 🙂

    • Hey there. I’m still a bit confused on the law when it comes to open carry of a knife. Can I open carry (EDC) a fixed blade on my belt in a sheath. More specifically can I open carry while I am NOT going hunting or fishing?

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

    • 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.

    • Ive seen people open carrying Bowie knives in public with no problems. Just stay out of schools, banks, and government buildings with it.

    • I’m with you I can’t find anything on it and I want to get one with a case but I don’t want to get arrested for not being informed if you find out can you let me know? Thanks.

    • Yes that is perfectly fine, make sure it is not concealed, not that thats illegal just that it might or might not (as stated above) be considered as a concealed weapon so to stay out of trouble keep it with the clip showing.

    • I need to know if I’m allowed to carri and knife on me I’m a 14 year old male and go to places that can be getto st some times is it legal for me to Carri a pocket knife in my pocked or have it clipped on to the inside of my pants

    • Open carry is a vague term and usually the whole item should be visible to avoid legal action. If self defense is your biggest interest a fixed blade open carry with the whole sheath clearly visible would be the best idea as the Karambit is more of a novelty weapon that takes a real master of East Asian arts to utilize effectively.

  47. 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

    • 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

    • Contact a lawyer for more specific advice as the laws constantly evolve and change. Currently this would 100% be considered a weapon if hidden in any way. If worn in the open, there is no prohibition on this knife. I’d just suggest you move very slowly and keep your hands away from your waist if stopped by a LEO.

    • You shouldn’t be carrying any knife… surprised as heck you haven’t cut yourself seriously yet. You’re about as Ig’nant as TriplePelotudo and shouldn’t be allowed to carry a letter opener. much less a knife.

    • I miss my Kawasaki 650 KLR… rock solid and reliable. (Now have a Chinese made Magician 250.)
      My question, does my CCW license apply to knives as well as firearms? i.e. can I legally carry knives longer than 4″ concealed? Say an 8″ (blade) fillet knife for instance?

  50. 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.

    • That’s NOT an Airforce rule about 2″knives. We carried K-bars and whatever we felt like carrying for 20+ years. Retired 2005. Somebody was blowing smoke for you. VA is different pail of rotten dead worms.

  51. 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 ????????

    • Schools have a no weapon policy zero tolerance so they would charge you because you signed the student code of conduct and its in there.

    • It depends on the school. My school if your found with any weapon your on a first class ride to prison and expeltion and alot of that so ask if you can

    • Unfortunately they will probably charge you if they find it and definitely if you display it. I understand your need to feel protected and able to defend yourself, so do what you gotta do. There is an old saying that goes, “It is better to be judged by twelve than carried by six”. Remember, just because you have a tool like a knife doesn’t make it okay to act the bad ass. If you carry it, blend in and don’t draw unnecessary attention to yourself and they probably will never know. Just my opinion. Be smart and stay safe.

    • 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.

    • I spoke with a police officer today about kids carrying knives to school, the police officer told me as long as it is under 3 inches, there are no legal consequences. This does not speak for the school, but the law.

    • ya it is ILEGAL to carry knives on any school campus at all (elementary, middle school, high school, or college not sure about college tho) . i got searched in 7th grade twice in one day and almost got caught and arrested so that is a big no no.

    • Just buy a small can pepper spray online to carry. Do you really want to have to use a knife, or have it used on you over a school yard fight? That seems like an easy way to potentially turn a simple fist fight into a life changing murder or manslaughter charge.

    • My son was almost expelled from school for accidentally having a pair of small finger nail clippers in his back pack because it had a 1 1/2 inch nail file on it. He’d used the back back for a Boy Scout camping trip at age 8 the weekend before n forgot to take them out. He was let off with a 2 week suspension but was told it was in his permanent record and if anytime between then n high school he was caught again he would be expelled for sure. He could have went to juvenile detention n court for those nail clippers a knife no matter how small is a bad idea all together.

    • Sad, not very long ago we in America could buy almost any firearm, knife, ammo. etc. AND carry it. There used to be firing ranges in the basements of schools to teach young men firearm safety and skills to prepare them for life and possible service in the military or law enforcement.
      What happened? Well, in my opinion legalizing the taking of innocent human life (1973) made the value of human life decrease. We had an influx of immigrants from countries where life is cheap. Violence for the effect became the norm in our “entertainment.” And probably most important, we ceased to be ” One Nation Under God. ”
      P.S. He is still there. He is just letting us experience the consequences of our ignoring Him.

    • I think you better ask your school what their policy is. Your dealing with liberals and if a kid gets thrown out of school with a toy gun i dont think id be bringing no knives to school. “Man up” theres violence everywhere get some defensive training, punks use weapons, men use their hands……

    • Yes, just open carry it on your belt. If you conceal it and get searched, it could lead to trouble for you. I carried a knife daily, except to school, but that was back in the 80’s. Times are much different now but open carry and common sense while carrying it should make you okay.

  52. 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?

    • You can not purchase one unless your 18 but you can carry when your 16 I think well I’ve been carrying for like 3 years now but no one knows i carry except for my family and friends. Ii started carrying before i was 16. I buy my knives on amazon but my parents know about this. I don’t know where you are getting these but here’s my advise, be careful.

    • You can probably get one at a flea market or online without too much trouble. I got all kinds of crazy knives from flea markets. they didn’t care that i was a kid…. money was money to them.

    • Most people only sell to teens 16 and older in Florida but you will mainly see this at places like gun shows. Legitimate buisness will require you to be 18

    • You yourself won’t be allowed to buy it but if you get a grownup to put it on there card you are aloud to have a knife I have a 3.5 inch karambit and I’m 14 cops don’t bother me because it’s completely legal

    • you must be 18 to buy any type of knife (not including kitchen knives i think) in a public store but you could possibly buy one from a flea market or something.

    • Karambits are legal to own, however you yourself cannot purchase one since you’re under 18. you must be 18 to purchase or carry any knife.

    • You cannot purchase one if you are under the age of 18,but read my below comment,but it seems you are just wanting t collect one. I recommend the Bastinoulli Creations karambit. Im pretty sure I spelled that wrong,but just look that up,it should come up.

    • Yes, I actually even bought my karambit around the same age, but not sure how to define length on that type of blade, so I would say if you carry it, open carry if you want to strictly follow the law, but most officers will not care as long as you are not being a problem.

  53. I have a Georgia CCW so I can legally carry a spring loaded, folding knife here. Florida honors my gun permit so can I take the knife to Florida as a concealed weapon?

  54. I have never seen the question of concealed carry applying to a knife if a person has a Florida concealed carry permit for a firearm. Does the ccw permit also apply to knives since ccw seems to mean concealed carry of a “weapon” which could be either gun or knife? Would appreciate the citation if there is one in FL Statutes. Thank you.

  55. Orange country offcer told me 4″ folding is ok to carry in pocket, and any size can be carried in belt holster or a fix blade in a EASY TO SEE sheath

  56. OH YA a concealed weapon in a car is ANY weapon that you can reach for pull and shoot or use, but if you have to open a glove box door pull it out and cock it before using thats not a concealed weapon as you had to make more than four movement to use it. So no guns under a newspaper on your seat , no gun under your FRONT SEAT! But if your gun is LAYING ON THE SEAT IN EASY VIEW thats ok because the Offcer can see it, he said that was a ruling by the States atteny general

  57. I have a belt knife less then 4 inch and in it a holster as the belt buckle is this legal to wear with out a concealed weapons permit

  58. @Deeno Riv

    You’re legally allowed to carry the knife on campus as it is less than four inches (so long as it’s a common folder) but since you signed the code of conduct legally swearing you wouldn’t bring a weapon (knife included) on school property, they also have the legal right to expel you and while you might not you could face legal/criminal charges for breaking this “contract”

  59. Can I carry around this stiletto knife legally? If so, how should I carry it; in a purse, in my pocket, in my hand? It is 7″ long closed and the blade is 5.5″ long. It has a pocket clip as well.

  60. having a knife saved me from possibly getting robbed a couple nights ago. a knife is also a damn handy tool as well. there shouldn’t even be any of these ridiculous laws.

  61. So, i’m 15 & live in Florida and i have a pocket knife that’s a little bit mere than 2 1/2 inches, i believe that that is legal based on this article. but i want to know please if it is legal for me to carry a Karambit, because i don’t know how to measure a curved blade , or just how i would have to carry it if i can? [Concealed or not]

  62. I can’t find out anywhere whether or not having a Florida concealed pistol permit covers a knife? Years ago in WV I know that my permit didn’t cover knives, only pistols. If a Florida permit does cover knives can I carry my Benchmade auto or my double edged Gerber boot knife?

  63. What about thriwing knives; those flat metal blade weighted for throwing?
    Legal or not? What if you have a concealed weapons permit: do the same exact laws apply?

  64. I work with wildlife and carry a smith and Wesson bowie knife does my fl cwp for my fire arm cover ,,is it covered?

  65. Is a M9 Bayonet Tiger Tooth allowed in public, like say its in the holder attached to your belt or pants, is it legal? This item is a Stainless Steel replica of the M9 Bayonet you’d find in Counterstrike Global Offensive. The item itself is over 35 CM in length and comes with a Sheath to cover the blade when not in use. The knife itself is sharp, and does serve a practical use. Though it is intended for collectors only. If I have it in my house or say in my car will I get stopped or just walking around with it in the holder?

  66. Am I correct that a sword cane is basically illegal to carry anywhere? It is intentionally concealed and that makes it illegal. I live in NC and when stopped for a traffic violation…the cops were super nervous, upset because i had a freaking 3 1/2″ folder in my pocket and a machete within reach in my vehicle…not concealed, but within reach. They spent almost an hour tossing my truck with no real reason except that I was a white face in a questionable neighborhood. I was stopped for driving while white in the hood. My house was a mere 4 blocks away.

    So, back to my question…is it illegal to carry a sword cane in NC?

  67. I’m carrying a Cold Steel Kobun which has a 5.5 inch blade but its made for open carry because of its sheath. I was wondering if i would be fine carrying it around because I use it mostly for utility but i also use it for protection if need be.

  68. i own a balisong dull knife and i am 14 and it is dull and im wondering if i go in publick flipping it will i be fine or will i get in trouble
    thanks alot

  69. Can you have a restraining order/injunction and carry a 10-12 inch blade concealed under your front seat? Caught my sisters ex doing it.

  70. Is there a age limit on the carry laws. I am 13 years old I wanted to know if it is legal to carry a swiss army knife or folding knife.

  71. Hi I’m a 20 year old female getting my motorcycle license soon. Looking at purchasing a boot knife for self defence (since I wouldn’t be able to carry a weapon in the glove box if I’m on a bike). Since it would be in a sheath in a boot covered by jeans and a fixed blade knife am I correct that I would need a carry permit for it? Thanks

  72. august 13/2016 hello florida I like to swim in the ocean at cresent beach but sometimes there are a few sharks around.I was wanting to no if I`m allowed to carry a skin divers knife for protection against shark attacks on me and my 6yr old newphew its in a sheath with a safety button and strapped to my ankle its 4 1/4 inches long.thank you I would like some kind of response on this please.thank you

  73. 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.

    Does this in fact mean assisted or automatic knives are are legal as long as they are not over 4 inches? This must be a fairly new development.

  74. My boyfriend wants to carry a knife. What would be best for him and what should he carry it in. He wants to carry it to for protection for him and me.

  75. I have a question I have a knife that I carried on my side it’s in a sheath blade is less than 5 inches is there anyway I could send a picture of the knife in question to get an answer if it’s illegal or not illegal to carry

  76. Yes you can carry a knife as long as it fits the legal standard and not carry it we’re prohibited like a school. I’m about the same age as you and have never been stopped for carrying a knife in public

  77. Sword canes seem to be a bit of a gray area. I have a ccb, but it seems unclear as to whether such a device would be considered concealed or not. Are their any precidents regarding the legality of carrying such a device, either with or without a ccb?

  78. Hey I’m a 16 year old guy living in Florida and see I had a PRACTICE ballisong I bought from a friend of mine and had it for like a month until I lent it to a another friend of mine cause he was getting a real one so I said ok and gave it to him on the bus but at the end of school he tells me it got taken away cause some sub went through his bag and found it (no one was arrested or in trouble) and I never saw it again. so I was wondering did the school have the right to take it away even though it was a practice one and said it CANNOT BE SHARPENED?

  79. I just recently bought a Tops Knives Skullcrusher SXB which is 15.75″ full length. If I want to wear it out for EDC, can I do so legally in its own sheath and UNconcealed??

  80. Never had the need for a “concealed weapons permit” until my purchase of a handgun at 45yo. After reading the WACKY laws on carrying weapons beyond your own door in Florida I’d suggest every NON felon able bodied florida have the permit.
    Laws here are so vague it’s up to the jury…good day bad day…them it won’t matter where it is on you or in vehicle etc. Political crap for decades make it the wild west in the south.

  81. Really? You need to read this again. An automatic knife, i.e. Angele blade or switch blade are illegal to own, make or carry.

  82. Question – does the exposed, visible clip on the side of an otherwise hidden “tactical” folder in a front pocket and with a blade exceeding 4 inches constitute legal open carry?

  83. If youre under 16, you cannot carry a knife, especially not a karambit or other tactically designed knife. The karambit is a plain and simple fighting knife and no court will look faborably upon a minor carrying one. Period. You cannot take any style of knife to school. Period. As far as i know, a minor is not legally able to carry a knife with a lock back feature at all.

  84. I would have to disagree that open carry of a fixed blade knife is lawful. A fixed blade knife is considered a wpn under definitions in chapter 790 sub section 790.001 (13) and open carrying of weapon that is not O.C. spray, or a electronic dart firing stun gun, would appear to be unlawful. Fl, CWP is a dual purpose lic. One to carry a F/A , or a wpn and it would seem that anything defined as a “wpn” or F/A would need to be carried concealed on your person under that lic. I’m not however referring to utility style or blunt kitchen cutlery. Ultimately it will come down to a L.E.O. making a call at the scene or A.S.A. to prosecute but I teach my students that Fl is generally not a open carry state with few exceptions, hunting fishing, etc…

  85. I have a schrade otf knife.goes out of a push of a button but you have to press a button to release lock on blade and manually slide back in case by hand.is this considered an automatic or stiletto knife?is it illegal to carry on Florida?

  86. I am planning on getting a benchmade Crooked River. The blade is 4.00 inches. So would it be okay for me to carry this in my pocket? It’s a folding knife

  87. I have a 3.5 inch karambit knife and I’m 14 I have it on me at all times and cops don’t mind me at all but it’s usually visible

  88. You will get in trouble unless your a good liar I was just caught with a 2 inch knife at school and they where going to suspend me until I lied my way out of it

  89. Hello, I’m 16 years old (soon to be 17) and I have a Gerber Bear Grylls straight/serrated edge 4 3/4″ straight blade survival knife. Would there be a problem if I carried it open in its sheath?

  90. I’m from Canada and I work in Electrical and usually carry some sort of knife of me (Box cutter, folders, multi tools). Is there any restriction because I’m not from the U.S.?

  91. I’m planing on getting a Mora 546 fixed blade that only has a blade of 3.6 inches. I was wondering what constitutes “open carry”, because I planned on carrying it on my belt. I live in FL, and I know that you can conceal carry any common folder that is under 4”. Also, I read that in Florida Law, a weapon is , ““Weapon” means any dirk, knife, metallic knuckles, slungshot, billie, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapon except a firearm or a common pocketknife, plastic knife, or blunt-bladed table knife.” Because the Mora 546 was made for carving and bushcrafting and not for malicious reasons, I was wondering if it would be perfectly legal to conceal carry? Or if I should just play it safe and open carry? Thanks

  92. I have recently had a 2 1/2″ folding pocket knife confiscated before being allowed to inter the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, FL. I have also had to return to my car to remove a similar knife before entering the STRAZ inTampa. I was told “No knives are allowed.” Your thoughts on this issue?

  93. Bringing a knife on school property is a felony, which means you wont be able to cross borders, own a gun, or get a job paying more than minimum wage, dont do it. Felonys stay on your record.

  94. Alwys check your local county laws on length and tyoe of knife allowed.ALSO check where any knife are prohibited Every county is different and some laws are strict also beyond what the state laws allow . Its somewhat like states that legalize pot cant protect you a federal agent arresting you for federal violation of law since pot is now a controled substance not for recreational use with out a script from a doctor.

  95. I am felon and Florida does not allow me to carry pepperspray or mace,firearms,shocking devices and flare guns . So I carry two tactucal assisted opening pocket knives with 4 inch blades and a 4 inch assisted opening switch blade not out the front type. Always in plain view on my person.I also carry modified hi power pellet revolvers for protection in my truck.Because I carry fishing gear I am allowed to carry weapons hence swordslarge knives ,hatchets,hi power pellet rifles 1500 ft per sec which are deadly weapons all are legal to carry when fishing or hunting so I fish all the time.Rifles cant be a concealed weapon in Florida in a car .There are always ways around crappy laws.I also did 12 yrs of law enforcement and 8yrs private security and always carried a knife as a tool concealed on me.

  96. so where would a butterfly knife fall in these rules ?can you open carry can i have it in my pocket ? does it have to be visible? can i fip it in public? i live in bradenton if that helps

  97. Hi I’m 15 years old I live in Florida and I have a huntsman knife and I am wondering if its legal to carry it on my belt in its sheath.
    If you don’t know what a huntsman knife is it’s essentially a mini machete. It’s 11 inches long with a 6 inch blade length and has a serrated edge, a hand guard, and a long regular knife edge.

  98. Hate to be another guy with a question I live in Florida I have multiple spring assisted knives I carry usually one at a time most under four inches some a little tall no more then half inch taller if I have it clipped inside of waist band but pocket clip visible is it illegal or legal and does width of the knife come in to play laws are very detailed and most are understandable but I like reinsurance I have had multiple felony before my 18 birthday my face is know many states and city’s but my record was ex sponged reason I put this out there I’ve fought and been stopped by police because of my past and because they know me and I’ve gave them hard times in multiple ways I wanna make sure I know my rights

  99. Where exactly does it talk in the FSS’s about a specific size of knife? I’m in law enforcement and I believe the 3″/ 4″ max blade is just a myth. Please provide specifics where it says an actual max size. Thanks.

  100. Is there a certain age one must be in order to open carry a fixed blade knife? Lets say theres a kid named John thats 16 going on 17, his parents got him a fixed blade knife as a gift that came with a sheath and a loop for strapping to his belt aswell as a button to keep it secured. Is it illegal for him to open carry it due to his age?

  101. If i were to modify a Box cutter in a way to make it look like a normal knife, maybe a karambit style or conceal a linoleum knife, would that still be in the legal limits of concealment in florida?

  102. So from what I’m reading, I’m legally allowed to open carry any of my Bowie knives that all have blades of at least 11 to 12 inches, with an overall length of at least 16 inches? I’ve always wanted to carry them openly! Can’t wait to see what happens, and the reaction I get from people and
    the police! I’ll start by carrying one that I won’t miss, if it gets confiscated!

  103. I need to know if I’m allowed to carri and knife on me I’m a 14 year old male and go to places that can be getto st some times is it legal for me to Carri a pocket knife in my pocked or have it clipped on to the inside of my pants

  104. These are illegal law every citizen of the united States of America has the right to bear arms,the Constitution States the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. any law enforcement officer or judge violates this they are guilty of treason for violating their oath of office wich is a felony​ under federal law.if a judge violates their oath or wars against the Constitution and present attorneys or court officials do not report his or her crimes to another judge they are guilty of misprision of treason.

  105. Michael​ dunning remember your oath you took an oath to the law,the Constitution of the united States of America is the supreme law of the land therefore your oath is to the Constitution,the second amendment States the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.to do so is treason in violation of your oath wich is a felony under federal law.so I say remember your oath!

  106. Can I tell me what the guidelines are for automatics in Florida have a 3in sog auto with pocket clip is this acceptable?

  107. I read everything above but didn’t see anything about automatic knives, which I carry a three inch one and have a concealed weapons permit.

  108. You should be fine as long as you abide by these rules it counts as a normal knife but if it has a fixed blade then keep it visible

  109. Since the Florida permit states, Concealed weapon AND firearm permit, aren’t knives covered by preemption from local laws? Seems there is some debate on this.

  110. What is considered concealed?
    Is a fixed blade in a clip on your belt considered concealed if your shirt is untucked?
    What if it’s something like a last ditch knife, which is fixed blade but only about 1.5″ long. I have two that I clip on my belt, but they are black as is my belt. They are out in plain view but are small and blend in. Is this considered concealed?

  111. I am a adult over 40 and recently have taken to learning to use a throwing knife you know like darts as a sport. My knifes are in a belt carry case but I don’t wear belts and generally leave them in my go bag in the back seat of my car. I don’t carry them in a purse or ever have the bag in the front where I could easily access them. My question is I wonder if they are concisered a “concealed” weapon if they are in a bag in the backseat. I do need to take them to like other people’s homes I practice with as I’m not quiet good enough to compete yet. So I’m not sure if it’s even legal to have them in the trunk, or backseat in a bag or like do I leave them out clearly to easily be scene on the seat. Any advise ? Thanks

  112. I live in pbc and have a concealed weapons permit what about a rescue pocket knife with fire dept logo that has seat belt cutter widow breaker with spring assisted 5″ blade

  113. If you are using a clip on your knife and it is clearly visible does that qualify as open carry, even though the knife itself is concealed within the pants pocket??

  114. It seems that the law enforcement people would bush
    up on the laws, my 18 year daughter was driving on 192 in West Melbourne ,FL and was pulled by a Melbourne Village cop, for a “routine” traffic stop and he cop searched her car and found two “Common” folding pocket knives, closed, and arrested her for a concealed weapons one knife was broken leaving the blade about 2″ long and the other was a regular 3″ blade. My daughter was working for me in the lawn irrigation business and used the knives as tools, trimming grass and cleaning heads and cuttings the poly nipples. The police department tried to pursue the charges after the knives were explained, they wanted two years probation and rehab. This was the first and only time she had a brush with the law. Yet the Melbourne Village police still perused the charges. It took one visit the public defender office and two visits to the courts to get this matter resolved, the case was thrown out by the judge. Now there is a knife that was not addressed in this blog, a Grapefruit knife is a folding knife and the blade is 6″ in length and , according to the public defender this knife is not illegal and further more the only knife the is no t legal is a Ballistic, a knife which the blade leaves leaves the handle . There are survival knives the are up to 12″ long and are folding knives and are not illegal

  115. Hi, I recently got a 6-set of throwing knives and I was wondering if anyone knew how many knives you can actually carry at once, can you carry them on you, and anything else I might need to know. I’m sorry if the article says any of this, but it’s a little confusing. Thank you.

  116. Benchmade – Barrage 583 Knife, Tanto

    this is an ” assisted ” opening type knife. I understand that each small town or County might have their own ‘ particular ‘ local laws, but in Florida is such an assisted to spring open the blade type knife legal ?

    Would such a knife be a common pocket knife since it’s main purpose is for cutting string or rope or ripping into boxes?

    Does this additional mechanical spring opening make this type of knife something more than a ” common pocket-knife ” ?

    Blade length is almost always under 4 inches and the pocket clip is designed to show about half an inch above the rim of a pants pocket?

    Thank you for your assistance…

  117. So I’m going to go fishing in Florida and I have 2 knifes a karambit and a butterfly knife are those fine to use for fishing?

  118. Auto-knives are legal to own, buy, and sell in Florida. They’re actually quite common. However, if you wish to legally carry one in your pocket, you need a concealed weapon permit.

  119. Hi, i’m 17 years old, i recently bought a knife (Buck 119) with 6inch blade, i want to us it for fishing i public areas like piers, beaches to clean the fish and cut the bait. Is it legal and does it cause any problems for me to have these knife on me? I’m going to wear it on my belt with a leather sheath and i live in Miami, Fl.

  120. Hi I live in Polk Co. New to Fl, moved here from Mi. My question is I love to fish. Do I have the right to carry a long hunting knife sheathed on my leg visabile to see? Just makes me nervous due to all the gators. And if was ever to need, would like to be able to protect against a gator if being attacked. Thanks

  121. I am 18 years old and have carried knives for a long time and I recently bought an “Auto” knife. This is what it is http://www.bladehq.com/item–Boker-Kalashnikov-74–103 , and I am wondering if I am allowed to carry this knife. Cause I keep getting random info on auto’s. People saying I need to be 21, people saying it’s fine, and just people saying I am not even allowed to OWN it. I know I can own it. But I don’t know the carry law for auto’s (It’s no faster than any common assisted knife and pretty much all my assisted knives are just as fast. Nothing special about it) I would love to get some feed back. Thanks.

  122. On a Rescue knife-what is considered the actual blade length of the knife,if part of the “extension” is flat/sharp & part is serrated(saw) ? It is my understanding that the actual blade is the flat/sharp edge & the serrated part is considered a “saw”.

  123. i have a concealed weapon permit. id like to know if i can carry a fixed blade dagger or hunting knife with a blade of 4 to 5 inches. thanks

  124. Ok here’s my question pardon me but I like to be clear on this, I go RV camping and most of the time I go to national parks and due to most likely possibility to have an encounter with a bear, when I go to the bathroom with my wife I always put my mossy oak over watch serrated 10 inch with sharpener and fire starter knife on her bag with towels and everything and I put on mine a 25 inches tactical machete cover with my towel is it ok or should i openly carry those on my belt hip or I should not bring those at all, thanks for your hel

  125. APE

    I never saw how long a open carry knife can be. I do carry a lot of knives but some of them would be over 4 inches that’s the pocket knives. But I do have some 16,17, and 18 inch knives with sheaths…… I do like to carry my knives I’m not allowed to have a gun stupid stuff from 30 years ago nothing violent but still took a vacation. But I just want to know if it’s okay to carry knives at big on my side and if the top of its covered will it matter because the rest of it is sticking out I hope you’re still paying attention to this website thank you

  126. I am a 16 year old and I have a Paragon Warlock, it has a 4 inch double sided blade it is not a assisted open but I didn’t know if it was legal to carry so if someone could possibly tell me that would be wonderful.

  127. I am 27 now. There is a store in the mall here called Zensations. They sell all kinda of knives and even swords. They would not sell anything to me until i was 17 or 18.

  128. I’m 65 and permanently disabled FROM A WORKPLACE ACCIDENT. The accident paralyzed my right arm and hand. Can I legally carry an automatic switchblade knife?

  129. I am planning on moving to Miami . . . I ride a motorcycle and scooter and typically use my scooter to commute to work . . . I am a Chef . . . I carry my chef knives (typically 5 knives from 3″ to 12″ long blades) in a knife “roll” on my back . . . Can I be prosecuted for carrying a knife concealed with a blade longer than 4″ long if I am in an altercation while commuting and the Police are called?

  130. I’m 17 and I was wondering if it’s legal to carry a 8” overall length gerber fix blade knife that’s in a sheath, it has a 4” blade but it’s 8” overall

  131. Is it legal to conceal carry a fixed blade knife? I’m into edc(everyday carry). Also I want to carry a 4-5” blade. It clips in my pocket, but the metal clip and the whole 4” handle is clearly visible from outside my pocket. What’s the status on that?

  132. No. Be 18old. To. Have. Knife. But. If. At. Home. Is. Ok. If. Your. Dad. Say. Is ok. Or no. Or your. Mom. Say. Yes. Be. Ok. But. Brian. With. You. To. Open. Is. A. No. But. Up. To your. Family but. If. Your. Dad. Say. Yes. To. Brian. Thin. He. Have. To. Talk. To. They. Cops sometimes. They. Are. Ok. Or. Not. They. Get. Pass off. Do. Not Brian. With. You. With. Your. Dad. Or. Mom. Say. Yes you can bring. Be. Ok.

  133. Ben,I am also a 15 year old male except I live in TN when I moved here from Florida in 2011. I started martial arts,and extensively learned karamit use. I always have loved knives and was eager to carry one,and do. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you DO NOT carry a karambit,or any knife,for self defense,without proper knowledge on how to use one,otherwise it will literally be the death of you. I learned this,that even though you think (and I thought) with a knife you are safe and can do anything,you are nor. You can easily be overpowered by a stronger older opponent and when he sees you with a knife you will be completely SOL. I suggest you take Silat lessons,as I have taken/take Silat and Krav Maga. If you dont,I will say this. Run. If you have the chance to run,you need to do it,and I mean RUN. Dont stay,theres alos something called a 21 foot rule,where that is the best distance to be from someone with a knife. If you dont heed my advice,AT LEAST watch a few youtube videos (which arent that helpful) on karambit work. Watch a lot Active Self Protection. A tactical flashlight,Kubotan,or baton is FAR better for self defense when you have no idea what your doing with a knife,nonetheless a KARAMBIT. Please,take martial arts to at least get a grip on what your taking on.

  134. Take martial arts. It is ill advised and stupid to bring any knife onto a school campus. Youll get tackled,backup will be called in,youll be arrested,school might go into lockdown,and yes,you will be charged.

  135. You are not legally bound to the code of conduct as you are less than 18 years of age. It would be quite a debacle, but if you legally challenged the school’s authority to dismiss your rights, you would win.

  136. Meant to say *if* you are less than 18. If over, a contract can be legally binding. There was a recent change made to the code of conduct at my school several years ago while I was a senior. The student disagreed with the code and got public support, the code was changed. This was on a separate matter, however, but the specific legal argument was the same. Since the student was under 18 years of age, the contract was not legally binding. Further, as the specific clause of the code surpressed first amendment rights (notably freedom of expression), the code was not legally applicable to any student, irregardless of age.

  137. As long as you’re 21+. Get a concealed weapons permit and you don’t have to worry about what kind of knife you carry in the state of Florida… As long as it’s concealed. Ballistic knife not withstanding

  138. I have a “concealed weapons license” for the state of Florida. That should mean I’m allowed to carry a “concealed weapon”, right? Lol If I’m legally allowed to carry a concealed gun on my person, I should be able to carry a concealed 5″ blade with serrations. Right?

  139. I am very much of age but i do have a felony in fl. Is it legal for me to carry a knife that hangs from my belt that is over 4 inches

  140. I don’t feel safe going to school because of shootings I got to a small town in Florida’s and it’s starting to become a bigger thing at school this week we got a bomb threat and a shooting threat but what if it really does happen?

  141. Regarding carrying knives in vehicles in Florida. Am I to understand that any knife with a blade over four inches that is in a tool box, tackle box, glove box or camping backpack or bug out bag that is in the vehicle is illegal? If true every tradesman, outdoorsman , or prepper is in trouble.

  142. Your post indicates you are looking for an attorney to do a “quick interview about Florida knife laws.” I’m an attorney and, depending upon what info you’re interested in, I might be able to help. Please feel free to reach out to me by email.

  143. I got a case hunter folding knife I carry in a open case it’s 4,1/2in or so it’s a folding knife open to see in view,cops saw it i pulked it a few times not arrested under self defence law i git a sog sherps foit 2,1/8in its a hook like knife its in a case i concealed it when i go out i pulked it today on2guys it was recirded no arrest self defence but were does this stand it’s shady

  144. Basically it appears that I can carry just about any type of knife I want to in a forearm knife sheath. So two forearm sheaths with both knives on the underside of each forearm should be legal in Daytona Beach, FL. They’re open carry and easily accessible, this’ll work for me. If it’s not legal well find out.

  145. The laws did not say anything about swords. Can I carry a gladius sheathed on my belt? Or any sword as long as it is sheathed on my belt?

  146. I am on disability and I have to live where I can afford to live. I live in a hotel that is mostly people on disability and Social Security. I walked out of the hotel this morning and went to the store which is next door but you have to cross underneath an overpass. Two males beat me up and robbed me and I need to carry protection and I want to make sure if I get a hunting knife that I carry on my side that is fully op exposed if I am legal. I have a felony conviction from a long time ago and I don’t know what that makes any difference I need to protect myself because I live in a bad area

  147. Is a walking cane with an included sword blade considered a concealed weapon? I carry it openly and believe that the shaft of the cane is no different than a sheath for a belt knife as it is in the open. Am I correct, or do I need a concealed weapons permit to carry a walking cane with a blade in is??

  148. Good afternoon, I have a Florida concealed carry permit and I was wondering if I can carry my 6″ Master Tanto knife concealed. Open Carry gets people worry

  149. Is it permitted In Florida for women to have hidden moves for protection against attackers?
    Such as pin knives, small knif that clean ps to the mid section of the bra, lipstick knife?

  150. I have a Florida concealed weapons permit. Does this allow me to carry a knife of any length? What all does the word weapon include?

  151. I joined Cub Scouts in second grade(1953). I was seven years old. Dad bought me the Boy Scout compass and Boy Scout pocket knife. I’ve carried a pocket knife ever since. I grew up in a rural area so carrying a pocket knife was not unusual, even at school. I’ve never been arrested for anything. I have one speeding ticket in the last 40 years. Got caught in a speed trap (fund raiser). I have a collection from over the years of fixed and folding blade knives. A half dozen are autos, or so-called, “switchblades”. As insulting as it is and to me, illegal, I got a concealed carry permit. It states, “Concealed weapon OR  firearm license”. In fact, under reciprocity  with less lenient  states it quotes, “(1) While Florida’s law allows licensees to carry stun guns, knives and billy clubs in a concealed fashion, the laws in these states allow for concealed carry of handguns or pistols only, not weapons in general. Florida license holders are prohibited from carrying other types of weapons while in these states.” Proof enough for knife preemption to me, since a knife falls under Florida’s legal definition of, “weapon”. If that’s not true, then I would argue the law is too vague for enforcement. I have no desire to get into a knife fight. I’m not trained for that and I’m too old. To me, knives are tools. I work, fish, hunt, camp, and build things. And by God if I want to carry a knife it’s my  right to do so unless adjudicated differently by a court of law.

  152. Hi I am Kevin Moore (13y/o) and I usually carry a pocket knife for utility and self defence purpose .ect and I wondered of a man/woman is visually and physically assaulting me would I have the right to assault him/her with said knife and if so what are the circumstances or carrying said knife.

  153. Hey I’m a 15 year old that usually walks around back and forth through shops in Panama and destin and I have a fixed blade knife the blade is about 4″ it would be carried on my belt, would that be legal?

  154. What does “open carry” mean? For instance I own a Kershaw knockout, 3.25 inch blade that is an assisted open, and wear it clip up in my pocket. Which means the majority of the knife rides under the clip down in to my pocket. Is that considered open carry or concealed?

  155. I have been told by multiple people in florida that a jagdkommando is illegal to carry in florida yet I don’t see anything on here about it, was it just missed or is the blade legal to carry?

    • Incorrect. Preemption only applies to firearms. So while you conceal carry permit may make it “legal” at a state level to carry an OTF or spring assisted knife, city and county laws can make it illegal (unlike gun laws which can not be enacted at the local level)

  156. I’ve always (at least for the last 22 years) carried a money clip based wallet. So, I’ve owned a few to say the least. The previous 2 I owned were short lived in my pocket. Other companies just couldn’t figure out how to make a wallet/clip combo that made items accessible, could carry the amount of items needed AND remain thin. Well, here you go. Well done. LOVE the card extraction tab. **** One suggestion to the manufacturer. The thumb push window for the “most used card” pocket; Put that in the internal pocket for the first credit card at the bottom as well. It’s a smart design feature that would befenit this spot. Or…consider a cut hole, like the ID keeper in this area that exposes the center of both card slots. It would help reduce the stretching while attempting to remove the recessed card. Just a suggestion.

  157. 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?

    • 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.

  158. “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.

    • 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!

  159. 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.

    • 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.

  160. 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.


    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?


    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.

    • 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.

  161. 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?

    • 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!

  162. 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.

    • 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.

  163. Under FL 790.06 is is clear that a license holder CAN carry a concealed knife defined as a deadly weapon under the statute. It would be ridiculous to have a concealed weapons permit allow you to walk around with a concealed pistol but then only carry concealed a “common pocket knife” defined as “not a deadly weapon.” I don’t think Florida legislators are that stupid. There is no such language in the statute. THINK, people. Here is the language of the statute:

    790.06 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, but the term does not include a machine gun as defined in s. 790.001(9).

  164. 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?

    • 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,

  165. 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?

    • 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!

  166. 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…

    • 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).

    • Looks like it to me, if you have a gun permit, then treat it like a gun… but not sure if that applies to swords and axes. But 12″ Bowie should be safe I’m guessing?

  167. This information is not fully accurate. You do NOT need a concealed carry permit to carry a “common pocket knife” with a blade under 4″. “Common pocket knife” is expressly excluded from the very definition of “weapon” in s. 790.001(13). (Attorney here.)

  168. I have a fixed blade knife with a blade length of 2.6″. It’s not ballistic and I bought it primarily for personal security while out in public. Am I allowed to conceal carry this without a permit?

    • Doubtful. If it’s a fixed blade then it doesn’t fall into the “common pocket knife” category. Open carry it all day long, just don’t stick it in your pocket! As with just about ANYTHING, it’s best to stick with what’s “tried and true” otherwise you may end up in court having to defend your right to carry a knife to protect yourself. Florida is a “must issue” state for concealed carry, so why not just put in the application and not have to worry about it? This opens up a door for many conceal-carry possibilities.

    • Hey Pat;
      From what I understand, metal knuckles are illegal in most states, but when they’re attached to a knife it only makes the situation worse, not better. That means that in any state where metal knuckles are illegal, a trench knife would be even more illegal! (you know what I mean!).

    • Technically, you could probably get away with it, but there’s always a gray area that any officer needs to assess and make a judgment call. If you look and act harmless enough and you’re not near a school or public building, etc. then you should be fine. Even though it may not be illegal in the books, there is a chance you’ll get hassled with an automatic knife, and the knife may be confiscated though you may not be charged. There are a slew of various scenarios that could unfold with an auto knife. I’d stick with a manual flipper with a bias to close (detent) and just carry it with the clip visible in my pocket. That’s about the safest situation where you won’t be freaking out wondering if the cops will make a scene with you and steal your $100 knife!

    • From what I just read….and my understanding take on this:
      1: blade has to be plain edged under 4″
      2: it doesn’t state type of knife manual, assist opening, auto, or fixed blade. Just cant be left open. Which brings to question on fixed blade.
      3: depending on what it is used for what can change it from being a tool or weapon. Ect, opened to open a box, a knife is a tool. If drawn in defense or in offense it is now a weapon.
      4: has to be in plain sight….not hidden from sight.
      This is my take on this law… not a lawyer or LEO

  169. I teach realtors firearm safety. I want to provide them with as much information as possible on what they can carry to protect themselves when doing these very dangerous jobs where they meet strangers at vacant properties. What would be the law on carrying this type of knife, which looks like a writing pen.

  170. Multi-part question:

    – Would a 2.5 inch push dagger be legal in FL?
    – If a concealed carry permit for a firearm covers concealed knives, does this apply to Alabama permits – AL & FL have reciprocity with each other
    – Would a 4.1 inch folding knife with fully serrated blade be legal if concealed, with AL concealed carry permit?

  171. We have at least one coyote on our condo’s community property. It has been sighted Several times and photographed, so there is no question it’s been here several months. We have a 9lb dog we walk three times a day, including early AM and PM, when coyotes tend to look for food. We’re extremely fearful our dog could be attacked, as such attacks are increasing and dogs even on leash are being killed or torn away from the owner. We bought a machete and have been carrying it unsheathed and in plain view of the world. The only intended use is on a coyote that makes or attempts to make contact with our dog.

    One of our neighbors reported us to animal control and to the manager of our homeowners’ association. Animal control told them to notify the local police. Our association manager assumes we will be contacted by the police. We are on excellent terms with all our neighbors and whenever anyone has seen us with machete in hand, we have explained why.

    From everything I’ve read above, and my own reading of the law, we are committing no offense. Do you agree?

    • Hi Zerrielle (cool name!);
      Technically, it appears you are in the good. However, anyone who ever carries a machete in any state will undoubtedly eventually (if not immediately) get some resistance if they carry it in such a way that the public sees it. I doubt you’ll get charged, but you’ll continue to have problems (if only a nasty stare) if you continue to carry it. As a friendly suggestion, I’d suggest doing any one of the following instead:

      1 – carry a common pocket knife (like a Spyderco or Ontario Knife Co. folder with a 4-inch blade concealed). It’ll do a heck of a lot of damage to a coyote!

      2 – carry a small canister of either pepper spray or bear spray which will DEFINITELY stop a wild coyote attack but it won’t cause carnage, physical contact, lots of physical effort, danger to the user, or resistance from nosy neighbors or the public.

      Those are just my thoughts!

    • Get a machete with a sheath and keep it on your belt or in your hand. Should calm the fears of your faint-hearted neighbors and is legal in Florida. Forget the gun unless you are skilled in the use of small firearms or intend to take classes and practice. It’s not like on TV or movies. Shooting a handgun is a skill acquired only by extensive practice, and shooting one under stress even more so.

    • I would carry the machete on your side in a sheath. If you spot the cayote you can take it out. But I wouldn’t carry a machete in in my hand in plain site. No cop is going to have a problem with you carrying a machete in a sheath on your belt. Your neighbors can go fly a kite. I live in Panama City, Florida and opted to have my own property where I can do whatever I want as long as I am not harming anyone without having a HOA looking over my shoulder. A neighbor reported you to animal control and the HOA. Nice neighbor. I guess animal control because he thinks cayotes are protected by law. Or maybe he thought you were taking your dog out for execution.

    • You’d be totally in the clear with a CC. Not sure, but I think you MIGHT be good to go even without a CC. The laws that mention sword canes (FL statute 790.10 & 790.115) talk about reckless use and careless display of sword canes (brandishing it menacingly or carelessly while NOT engaging in the act of self defense) or having them at a school or school sponsored event, so it appears that a sword cane is permitted as long as it isn’t being used irresponsibly. HOWEVER, 790.001 defines a concealed weapon as any weapon that is concealed from normal sight of another person. Technically that could apply to a sword cane since the sword may be considered “concealed” within the cane rather than properly sheathed within it. The reverse is also true because Florida law allows open carry on all knives and you are openly carrying it within its proper sheath, without attempt at concealment AND sword canes are totally legal to own. YMMV. It really depends on if the cop/judge/jury is a jerk/lib-tard/snowflake. Get a CC and be done with the worry!

    • You can carry any concealed blade with your permit, and open carry one even without a permit, so I would say that yes, a cane sword is fine, because if it is considered open carry, you’re fine, and if it’s considered concealed, your permit allows such.

  172. Can I carry my 12 in ka Bar in a car in Florida?, I am a minor and I know I can open carry it in a sheath but being in a car, i dont know what qualifies as being concealed

    • This article says that if it is visible through a window it is not considered concealed carry, and therefore safe. I have always kept knives in my center console but as i dont have a permit i will no longer be doing this until i am of age to obtain one. Just to be sure, i would recommend the same for you.

      I’m only 18 myself and have no info on the subject besides this article so take what i say as you will.

    • You should be completely fine cuz I do it all the time on my hip. As long as it is in its sheath and buckled there shouldn’t be a problem

    • I have a Tom brown tracker and I’m going to Panama city beach, can I wear this horizontally on my belt if my shirt is not covering it?

  173. If I have a knife sheathed, but strapped along the back side of my belt, horizontally, but with my shirt covering it, is it concealed carry? I mean, it could take a breeaze to blow my shirt a bit and see there’s a knife sheathed.

    It’s also a 4.5 inch blade.

    • Personally, I would say that is concealed. I have a CCL, an carry a sidearm at the 5 0clock position wtih a gerber prodigy riding scout style on my back 6 oclock position, an where a very loose light wieght button up fishing shirt untucked an unbuttoned and am fully legal with concealed carry license

  174. I recently bought a neck knife. It’s a fixed handle with about a 2.5 inch blade and a squirrel tail tang that fits around my finger. It fits snugly into a leather sheath to be worn around the neck and all but the edge of the curled tang is visible. I bought it for walking alone at night (I’m a 20 year old female) and was planning on just keeping it in my purse and wear it around my neck if I had to walk to my car at night. Does this count as a pocket knife? And can I legally walk with it around my neck outside my shirt in public without a permit?

    • I carry my Kershaw neck knife every day in open view and have never been questioned about it. I have stopped and talked with police officers and they never even gave it a second look. I do take it off when entering school property, the bank, the library, the courthouse or any place that forbids it or may cause alarm among the public.

  175. So if i have a Bowie knife for hunting can i still have it on my person since im using it for a utility?

    I’m from Jacksonville Florida.

  176. I have a few Japanese Sushi Knives. They are very long, and very sharp. They are placed in wooden SAYA cases for protection. Can I transport them in my car to my friend’s house if I were to prepare a sushi meal at their location, without fear of getting arrested?

    • Officially I can’t tell you any advice, but unofficially, I’d go for it (you can hide the knife and be sure it’s in a case if it will make you feel better). In this case, INTENT is important, and it would appear that your intent to prepare sushi is not evil!

  177. Hi. I am going to Panama Florida for vacation. I want to wade and swim close to shore. I have the small version Kbar fixed on a neoprene dive knife rig that goes on the lower leg. My question is: if I only carry the dive rig when wading or shallow water swimming, will that conform to the open carry in appropriate situations?? Everything in the ocean has TEETH ir a STINGER or STINGERS. The mini Kbar is just for peace of mind. Thanks

    • Just looking at the law, it says “You can open carry any knife.” A knife in a sheath on your leg is open carry, and for the purposes you describe it should be fine. Necessary caveat: I am not a lawyer or LEO, just someone who’s studying these laws for my own edification.

  178. Hey, I’m going to be in Pensacola, Florida for a few years and have two knives that I designed for defense. Both are modern Japanese tanto designs but the first has a 7 inch blade and 4.5 inch handle, and the second has a 3 inch blade and 4 inch handle. Does this mean I can open carry both and conceal carry the smaller one? Both are fixed blades and have a sheath.

    The Impaler

    • Open carry the first and conceal carry the second in accordance with the statue, BUT your intent can com into question. Meaning what is your reason for carrying the knives. Laws can be funny when you get stopped or in court.

    • Yes. That is correct. You can open carry pretty much anything. To carry concealed it should be under a 4″ blade. The law does not specify other than “common pocket knife”, which is generally regarded as anything under 4″. My buddy in the Escambia police department said as long as you aren’t committing an crime with the knife and don’t have a long rap sheet you are ok.

  179. I have a walking stick that has a spike in it, not a sword. No edges at all, just a pointed end. Is this legal to carry in Florida without a concealed carry permit ?? It does not seem to fit the Florida definition of a ” sword cane “. Or the dictionary definition of a sword.

  180. I have a walking stick that has a spike in it, not a sword. No edges at all, just a pointed end. Is this legal to carry in Florida without a concealed carry permit ?? It does not seem to fit the Florida definition of a ” sword cane “. Or the dictionary definition of a sword.

  181. I carry a mitre saw everywhere I go. Sometimes it’s concealed in my underwear and other times I open carry. Is it legal for me to have a mitre saw concealed in my rectum?

  182. The clearwater florida. library said I can not wear the knife I was wearing on my belt a few question. 1. no signs anywhere in the library claiming this. The date is sept. 24 of 2019 that it was an issue. 2. I have always worn a knife prior to this point in the library on an almost daily basis for 7 years. 3. My shirt partially hangs over the knife but yet the security guard said something because he saw it, so I am guessing this may become illegal. 3. The library is a “public place” and Florida has never considered this question before. I am considering a declaratory relief so I do not get arrested at the federal level. it is on its face a second amendment violation.

    • Institutions, businesses and other buildings open to the public may instill their own rules of carrying what they deem ‘weapons’ on or in their premises. In your case, the security guard may have taken the liberty of expressing his own personal concern over your belted knife and may not be the house rules of the library. Since most public institutions are now very wary of active shooters, the rules have changed whether written or assumed.

    • Monstersdoexist, it would be nice to know the “house rules”, the populace has a right to know at the very least. assumptions can get you in jail or worse.
      and yeah it’s good to keep institutions weapons-free, except when they aren’t.
      besides, active shooters =/= knife wearers. then again, security guards are getting ever wimpier.

  183. I have 3 throwing knives that are in a pouch the handle is 3 1/2 inches, and the blade is 3 3/8 inches would I need a license to carry them, or do I not need to worry about it? I’m 20 years old and don’t really trust anyone that well, since I just moved to Florida.

    • Sorry that you do not trust anyone since moving to Florida, but if you are actually confronted by a bad guy, it may not serve your best interest in pulling a throwing knife to defend yourself. The old adage ‘Never bring a knife to a gunfight’ comes to mind.

  184. It could be argued that a switch blade, in a closed position, is in fact NOT a knife until it is opened. It could also be argued that a person with one arm should not and could not be held by the same rules as it usually takes two hands to open a knife.
    “Definition of knife. (Entry 1 of 2) 1a : a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade fastened to a handle. b : a weapon or tool resembling a knife. 2 : a sharp cutting blade or tool in a machine.”

    A switchblade is NOT a knife, until it is open and a blade is then present.

  185. I am 16 and want a karambit. I have carried a small folding pocket knife with a blade of roughly 3.5 inches for the past 3 years on bike rides and such, but I want an upgrade. To anyone that knows schrade (more particularly the Schrade SCH112) will know that it definitely doesnt fall under these guidlines in size. So my question is, does the fact that I am a minor affect my parameters, and how would I have to carry it since it is a fixed, double sided karambit and is 5.2 inches? I know it isn’t precieved as a necessarily “realistic edc” but I want to and my parents are fine with it, but how would I need to carry it, and if I ever was unfortunate enough to need to use it, would I be in the legal right to use it against someone that has a gun for example? (I know you shouldnt attempt to fight a gun with a knife, but for example if I was in the right for using lethal force, would a knife blade of that length be legal to use in my possession?

  186. This article omits one very important legal factor, county and municipal ordinances. Many counties and municipalities have their own ordinances which restrict the public carry and possession of knives, both openly and concealed. And, as no 2nd Amendment lawsuits have ever been filed, with regard to ownership, possession or public carry of knives in Florida, these laws and ordinances are still on the books. So, while carrying that bowie knife on your belt might be legal in Bay County Florida, it might well be illegal to carry or possess in public, in Miami-Dade county. Some day the 2nd Amendment wienies will wake up to the fact that the 2nd Amendment is not limited to firearms and actually address the unconstitutionality of limiting ownership, ;possession and carry of knives and other weapons.

    • idk but i thought the 2nd amendment weinies actually got the floridian politicians to get state law preemption of any local firearm ordinances that disagree with state law. that would also apply to knives and other weapons.
      granted, some idiotic judge is trying to knock the law down, it could be better defined, but at least something’s getting done.

    • State uniform firearm law supercedes all county or municipal laws. No municipality can have a law more restrictive than state law in Florida. It may have changed but I don’t think so.

  187. Hi guys:

    I have an oddball question concerning automatic and switchblade knives.

    I was a paramedic, and Florida is criss-crossed with many canals and waterways.

    I (against policy) often carried a switchblade, as I need to hold someone’s face above water (in an overturned car in a canal), and used a switchblade because I could open it with one hand to cut seatbelts and tangled clothing. I also preferred a switchblade when I had to rappell, as I needed a one-hand opening knife to cut a rope that may have tangled my other arm or, possibly, my neck (unlikely, but possible)…..and do it in a hurry.

    Does someone with these job activities have more legal leeway when carrying switchblades for these reasons when on duty?

    I saved many lives with my cheap, flea market switchblade, but I had it on “the down-low”, as I would have been fired if I was caught with it.

    Does Florida recognize this nonweapon need of a switchblade?

  188. I am so stoked. I came across all this stuff saying that a “concealed weapons permit” was just a concealed *firearms” permit and didn’t allow knives. This must have been some crappy legislation elsewhere — F.S.A. § 790.06 says weapons or firearms and so does my liscence! I believed that crap I saw elsewhere for months and stopped looking at good conceal knives. Ha! I feel like like the mandala effect is real because I was reading all this law about only firearms, and an attorney explaining how you can’t get a conceal weapons permit for anything but guns… must ave been another state!

  189. I will be a new resident in Florida soon. I will be getting some throwing knives from one of my friends. Do I have to have a permit for the knives I will carry? Is it okay if they are hidden between clothing and skin?

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