Updated: August 18, 2020

Texas Knife Laws

The State of TexasThis Article has been updated on May 6, 2018 to include the updated statutes in the Texas penal code included specifically in the September 2017 House Bill #01935

Texas knife laws are mostly found in the Courts decisions, or case law, as the statutes are short and do not provide much information about what any of the terms mean. This article summarizes the case law and the statutes so that anyone can understand what is legal and what is not when it comes to owning and carrying knives in the state of Texas.

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal

  • It is illegal to carry a “location-restricted” knife to/near specific locations (see details in the Conclusion of this article)

The Texas state legislature does not limit other knives.

What the Texas Knife Laws State

State legislature is covered by the Unlawful Carrying Weapons law as well as some case precedence.

§ 46.02.  Unlawful Carrying Weapons

(a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on
or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not:

(1) on the person’s own premises or premises under the person’s control; or

(2) inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person’s control….

§ 46.01.  Definitions

In this chapter:
…..(6) “Location-restricted” means a knife with a blade over five and one-half inches;
(7) “Knife” means any bladed hand instrument that is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person with the instrument.

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Definitions of Various Types of Knives


The Texas code defines switchblade knife as a knife, which has a blade that folds, closes, or retracts into the handle, and that opens automatically by pressure applied to a button or other device located on the handle, by the force of gravity or by the application of centrifugal force (spinning the knife). The term does not include a knife that has a spring or other mechanism designed to keep the blade closed and that requires exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to overcome the bias and open the knife. A switchblade does not have to be operable in its original condition in order to qualify as a switchblade under the law. In Smith v. State, the Texas Court of Appeals upheld Mr. Smith’s conviction for carrying a switchblade with a broken release mechanism, because Mr. Smith had used a rubber band to hold the blade in place, and could still operate the knife as a switchblade. The Court held that there was no statutory requirement that the knife operated in its original intended fashion to obtain a conviction under the statute. Update – as of September 1, 2013, switchblades are no longer illegal in the state of Texas.

Throwing Star

In 1983, in Albert v. State, the Court found that the arresting officer’s testimony, calling the objects found under Mr. Albert’s floor mat “martial arts throwing stars” and describing them as “having seven or eight points, like a saw blade, and very sharp” was sufficient to conclude that the objects were throwing stars and therefore, illegal to carry.

Dagger and Bowie Knife

Former Texas Penal Code 1161, in connection with the law of assault with intent to murder, defined “dagger” and “bowie knife” as any knife intended to be worn upon the person, which is capable of inflicting death, and is not commonly known as a pocket knife. In Armendariz v. State, the Court upheld Mr. Armendariz conviction for unlawfully carrying a dagger. It found that the weapon Mr. Armendariz carried, which was slightly over seven inches in length when open, equipped with a double guard, had a blade that locked in place when open and was sharpened on both edges for slightly more than an inch from the point, was a dagger, not a pocketknife.

Butterfly Knife

In 2005, in an unpublished decision, the Texas Court of Appeals found, in Cook v. State, that a butterfly knife fell within the statutory definition of a switchblade, and was therefore illegal to possess or carry. However, because the law which made switchblade knives illegal was repealed in 2013, butterfly knives are now legal to own in Texas.

A Totally UNRESTRICTED Weapon!  This is simply – COOL!

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Restrictions on Carry

  • See CONCLUSION below

Carry restrictions do not apply to a person’s own vehicle or a vehicle that is under their control, as long as the weapon is being carried for a lawful purpose.

Definition of Blade

In Rainer v. State, Mr. Rainer was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon for having a large hunting knife concealed on his person when he was arrested at a lounge for failing to appear in Court the Texas Appellate Court held that blade was defined in the dictionary as the cutting part of a knife, not the sharpened part. Therefore, the blade of a knife was the part of the knife from the handle to tip and not just the sharpened portion.

Conclusion on Texas Knife Laws

Effective September 1, 2017, a House Bill (HB 1935) put forth by Rep. John Frullo has been enacted and it has significantly reduced restrictions on what was one of the toughest laws pertaining to knife use in the country.  you can check out the entire bill here (which outlines in detail the places it is not legal to carry a location-restricted knife:


There is no “illegal knives” clause outlining daggers, stilettos, dirks, swords, spears and Bowie knives.  It has been removed, though knives that include a set of knuckles in the handle will remain illegal – see Sec. 46.05(2) of the Penal Code.

To summarize (and save you the hassle of wading through tons of statues), here’s what you need to know in the big picture:

Knives with knuckles (see above) and tomahawks (see – Sec. 46.01 (1)) are not legal to carry in Texas.  Anyone under the age of 18 (or over), can carry a knife less than 5.5 inches in length nearly anywhere.  If you’re under 18, you can only carry a knife with a blade over 5.5 inches under certain conditions like for example, you’re accompanied by an adult or you’re at home or on your way home.  However, any adult can carry any knife over 5.5 inches anywhere other than certain restricted locations (see below).  There are some restrictions on locations (hence the term “location-restricted knives”).  You can’t carry any “location-restricted” knife (blade over 5.5 inches in length) to the following locations:

  • Schools and on any passenger transportation vehicle of a school
  • Polling Places
  • Courthouses
  • Airports past Security Screening (all knives are already prohibited by TSA)
  • Racetracks
  • Within 1,000 feet of the premises where an Execution is being conducted, if posted
  • Sporting Events (high school, collegiate or professional sporting event or interscholastic sporting event)
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Mental Hospitals
  • Amusement Parks
  • Churches, Synagogues and Established Places of Worship.



  • Tex. Penal Code § 46.01 (2017)
  • Tex. Penal Code § 46.02 (2017)
  • Tex. Penal Code § 46.05 (2017)
  • Rainer v. State, 763 S.W.2d 615 (Tex. App. 1989)
  • Smith v. State, 1988 Tex. App. (Tex. App. 1988)
  • Albert v. State, 659 S.W.2d 41 (Tex. App. 1983)
  • Armendariz v. State, 396 S.W.2d 132 (Tex. Crim. App. 1965)
  • Cook v. State, 2005 Tex. App. LEXIS 3053
  • HB 01935 Tex. Penal Code
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  • Daniel says:

    Hi my brother just gifted me a pocketknife and I live in Texas Ive been trying to learn more about the laws and I know you can carry a knife almost anywhere in Texas but Ive been trying to look and I have not found that says you cant carry a knife in stores I wanted to know if the lovely people of this comment section would help me find anything.

  • George says:

    Im a felon is it still legal to carry a pocket folding knife under 5.5 inches?

  • Marco says:

    Hasn’t the law changed since last year about the legality to carry brass knuckles and other bludgeoning weapons? Does it impact the carry of trench knives and other knives?

  • Thomas Tucker says:

    Is it legal to carry a push dagger concealed that only has one side sharp?

  • Allie says:

    Is it illegal to carry a knife with a 4in blade on a college campus?

    • Pete S. says:

      Hi Allie;
      The only law I found is 46.03. (Places Weapons Prohibited) – which prohibits a knife on school property anywhere in Texas – IF the blade is 5.5 inches or longer. However, I’d still be very careful about who sees the knife (preferably no one) and I’d try to remain under the radar. That’s just me 🙂

  • Tristan says:

    I’m fifteen and I own a 40 inch civil war saber I want to take to show someone. It is a dull reproduction, in a scabard. Is this legal for me to carry?

  • Phoenix says:

    if i have a dagger, single edge, one side only sharpened, and another dagger, this one double edged, both sides sharpened, both blades 5 inches, both daggers sheathed, on my belt, is that then considered legal?, is that also considered legal even in “location restricted area” since they’re both under the location restricted blade size?

  • Leo says:

    I am 20 years old. I have a 7 foot long sword that i commissioned from someone based on the anime Bleach! The sword is that of the main character’s, it is razor sharp. That being said is it legal to take to shows and cosplay conventions??

    • Jonathan Lawrence says:

      So i know what you are talking about. But in turn, would you want the responsibility of a child wanting to get his picture with you and accidentally getting cut? Or anyone accidentally bump into it? Props for the most part should not have an edge for liability reasons. Also the sword sounds bad ass is it the large sword or the thin blade?

    • Gerard Butler says:

      No convention would allow that. It is legal to own that in texas, but not legal to conceal on your person. Also it is I possible to conceal on your person. Openly carrying a seven foot sword, while not expressly prohibited it seems, is a good way to make cops mad. I would just leave it in your room and take it to remote photoshoots.

    • P says:

      You probably should only show it through a glass case or a gage. You said it is razor sharp. Dont put yourself in any situation where someone can get it and hurt someone. Make a replica from other materials and you wont have any doubt. That said you should leave it at home.

  • Tammy Janes says:

    Josh Sargeant,,,

    You would think that what you said in reference to, any law enforcement officer would frown less at the possession of dog deterrent spray versus a knife with a blade of ,I say anysize….One would think this to be true….however from personal experience, I entered a courthouse checkpoint completely forgetting about the pepper spray I had in my purse, I was treated as if I had entered the building with a loaded gun…So my advice don’t even attempt to take a fingernail file as the officer said to me through the front doors…He stayed that if you are not there for criminal proceedings you could sure be looking at them soon.

  • Austin says:

    Im 16 and want to buy a Bowie knife that is over 5.5 inches is that still legal

  • Logan says:

    Is the knife length just the blade length or blade and handle length?

  • Austin says:

    I am 12, is it legal to carry a pocket knife in my pocket or would it count as carrying a concealed weapon. The pocket knife is under 5 inches.

    • Jonny Lewis says:

      You’re good. Do NOT take the knife to school due to the Zero tolerance policy schools have, you will be kicked out. If you’re ever stopped by the police for any reason, keep your hand out of your pockets and tell the officer if he asks. Other than that have fun and stay safe and use that knife responsibly!

    • J says:

      If your under 18 years of age you can carry a knife under 5.5 inches legally. If over 5.5 inches it is illigal. Only under certain situation can you carry a knife that is over 5.5 inches if your under 18 years of age.

  • Bruha Momend says:

    Im under the age of 18 and want to know if its legal to carry a stilleto disguised a pen/marker in Texas.

  • Mason says:

    Are butterfly knives legal to carry Im 15 and Im not sure

    • Jonny Lewis says:

      Youre good. Do NOT take the knife to school due to the Zero tolerance policy schools have, you will be kicked out. Do not carry anywhere on the restricted location list. If youre ever stopped by the police for any reason, keep your hand out of your pockets and tell the officer if he asks. Other than that have fun and stay safe and use that knife responsibly!

  • E says:

    Can I carry a switchblade solely for the purpose of opening items that are taped, zip tied, etc.?

  • Claire says:

    As a 16 year old girl can I bring a knife into a movie theater?

    • Hey Claire;
      I’m not allowed to give you official legal advice, but here are my thoughts; I wouldn’t bring a switchblade or any other “obvious” knife (even a 3-inch bladed pocket knife) into a public building since Police frown upon people carrying knives in public places. However, on a personal level, if I felt I may at some point be in danger from someone else, I would carry dog-repellent spray which is far more effective and less “illegal” than a sharp piece of steel. Barring that, I would definitely consider any one of a variety of self-defense tools like jewelry that has the ability to hold a blade or even a small electric taser. If you’re using these for self-defense ONLY, then you’ll never show them off for fun, which means you’ll never get questioned by any Police officer as to why you’re in possession of them. Make sense?

    • Charles Spears says:

      Don’t see why not. As long as it’s under 5.5 inches

    • Charles says:

      Is it legal for a 16 year old to own a larger hunting knife and keep it at home?

    • Jacob Flores says:

      As long as I am 18 or older I am able to carry any knife over 5.5 inches?

    • Nofretcari says:

      No. When you’re 18 you can. Don’t get it taken away.

  • Jay says:

    Is it legal to carry a knife with knuckles attached in texas

    • Corwin Castor says:

      Knives with knuckles (see above) and tomahawks (see Sec. 46.01 (1)) are not legal to carry in Texas.

    • Tay Rainge says:

      They pass the law for brass knuckles this year so after September yes trench knives will then be legal

    • Benjamen Keys says:

      Technically knuckle devices arent going to be legalised until september 1st of this year so until then it is still illegal to carry a “trench knife” or any other kind of knife with a knuckle device on it I would not even reccomend carrying a balisong for the simple reason that police can consider that a knuckle device

    • Nofret cari says:

      You know that it is NOT legal to carry a knife with knuckles for the handle. NOT legal, nor is it going to be legal.

  • Travis says:

    So is it legal to have a two/double side blades knife? I have some new knifes 3-7/8 long that currently only have one side sharpened. But the other side is made to be sharpened at ones desire. But was not sure it that was legal here in the great state of Texas.

    • Hope says:

      To my understanding it is legal to own any knife, but for the longest time it was illegal to carry a life that was sharpened on both sides. However, I believe that has recently been legalized.

    • Mecha man says:

      If I wanted to carry around an assassins creed metal hidden blade that was sharpened could I do it because it is activated by a wire connected to a ring on a finger and I am not talking about taking it to like a school or other places that dont allow knifes. I just want to know if it is legal to carry around in public

    • Travis Baker says:

      Thank you Hope. I sure appreciate your feedback 🙂

  • John says:

    So Ive been told recently that I cannot carry a foot long blade or longer by my seat in my car because if I get pulled over theyll confiscate it and give me a ticket. I was just wondering if that is in fact true.

    • Augie Omega says:

      Is it legal in Texas to carry straight edge razors in yoyr pocket. I have one that measures 9 1/2 inches when opened. The blade is just 3 inches.

  • Jason M. says:

    I walk to work and I pass a school on the route o take. If I carry a blade longer than 5.5 inches should I worry about getting in trouble? I stay on the sidewalk in front of the school

  • Reno Thomas McLaughlin says:

    I carry a buck knife or a Bowie knife

  • Faeghan B. WhiteWolf says:

    What constitutes the “blade”? The sharp edged part or that part plus the dull part by the handle?

    • Hey Faeghan;
      Thanks for the question. The part you’re referring to (unsharpened part of blade) is called the Ricasso on most sport/folder knives or BOLSTER on culinary knives. The answer to your question may depend on the knife company. I know that Spyderco includes the entire blade right up to the handle in their specs, but that may be just to make the blade look longer. In whatever context you may be asked about the length, I’m not sure it really matters since the Ricasso is typically fairly small in most cases. You could probably make the case (in front of a Police officer) that the blade is the sharpened part only, but that depends on the officer him/herself and the circumstances in which you find yourself speaking to the Police.
      I’m not sure that’s a totally satisfying answer, but without knowing the details of your situation, it’s the best I’ve got.

    • David says:

      From what I can infer it’s the entire length of the knife not including the handle, so anything from the guard to the tip of the knife should count as the blade.

    • Jim T says:

      According to Texas state law, the blade length is measured from the farthest tip back to the point where the handle starts. This includes any sharpened and unsharpened portions.

  • Gus says:

    I was filling out a deposit slip at First Service Credit Union when a cop asked me is that a knife in your pocket I replied yes and he told me to place it at his desk until ready to leave the credit union…?

  • Zorina Hollows says:

    I heard rumor that boot knives are illegal? It doesnt mention boot knives as far as I saw in the article, but I still want to cover my bases and make sure Im not in the wrong for anything.

  • Charles Collins says:

    I read somewhere, recently, that the overall length of a knife had to be less than 8 3/4″, and if longer, it was considered a location restricted knife. Now, I can’t find anything on it. Anyone have an answer?

    • Clifford Womble says:

      Nope, restriction only pertains to the blade. You can carry swords and polearms even.

  • Adam M. says:

    Great resource, thanks for putting the time and effort into it and keeping it updated as these laws were finally brought out of the stone ages. Love my auto knives and love that I can carry them here.

  • Jack bolan says:

    So a bechmade socp should be legal then as it only has a single loop and not one for every finger?

  • Michael Brittain says:

    So, with these new laws concerning blades in Texas, what are the laws when it comes to a felon? Can I still legally carry a knife in a sheath on my belt?

  • Marco says:

    Do these new regulations also mean that you can carry a bayonet on your rifle or pistol? Are blades that are integrated into a firearm legal? Last, are ballistic knives legal?

  • John says:

    I have a rather large knife I carry on my waist, at least 8 inches. I want to know of I carry it into a store that doesnt have a posted notice about weapons can I get into trouble?

    • JEFF says:

      If i’m reading this correctly, as long as the blade itself, not including the handle is less than 5.5 inches, you are fine. Though if the proprietor requests removal, it is always best to adhere to said request

  • Lola says:

    If I am a minor living in Texas, can I order a knife online and have it shipped to my home?

    • Hey Lola;
      While there is some wiggle room for law enforcement to make decisions, generally speaking, anyone under the age of 18 (minor) – though preferably close to the age of 18, may carry a knife with a blade less than 5.5 inches. Presumably, you can order one online in order to possess one in the first place. That’s just my thought on the matter – a lawyer in Texas can tell you for sure!

    • Byron k. Hodges says:

      My Daughter is 19 almost 20. Can she carry a hunting knife in her glovebox or in her car period for protection or to go hunting? She loves to hunt. But she is also out of jail on a bond (misdemeanor) . I worry about her cause she had a boyfriend that became violent and aggressive to her. She broke up with him but he keeps calling her and bothering her. She has a protective order on him but that won’t stop him from attacking her. She needs to carry a pistol but not old enough yet. When she turns 21 I will get her a gun and she can take the tests to carry concealed weapons and get a permit.

    • Jeremiah says:

      Yes you can, and if it is under a 5.5 inch blade you can carry it too

    • Jim T says:

      A minor cannot be sold a knife without WRITTEN permission from their parent.

  • Jonathan says:

    Im 17 years of age can I carry a knife to the park in case of an emergency (asault.. etc) if so what are the rules?

    • If you’re under 18, you can have a knife that’s got a blade under 5.5 inches long. You can’t take ANY knife to a school. When you’re not at school, I’d keep it in your pocket and don’t look for trouble!

  • Edward says:

    I have a v 42 boker that’s basically a thin dagger with a skullcracker on the bottom, and I want to carry it with me on delivery jobs. If it stays in my car while I need to approach a restricted location, is it still legal?

    • If the knife itself is not illegal, then as long as it stays in your car while you’re inside a restricted location, you should be good! For sure you’ll be good if you don’t advertise to ANYONE that you have it in the car. There’s no way a cop would bother to check your car unless you’re a felon or you look really sketchy! Make every effort to look like an upstanding citizen and there should be no problems.

  • Phil says:

    If I was convicted for a violent felony in a different state and have finished my sentence completely, can I carry a knife on me here in Texas?

  • Jimmy Ruiz says:

    2015 old post for 2019 ….. A cop will do what he wants period…. give you a break or screw you up needlessly…

  • Tina says:

    I have a knife in a sheath on a necklace chain, can I wear that around my neck in public besides the list of restricted place like hospitals schools etc.?? Thank you!!

    • Jimmy Ruiz says:

      Yes you can wear it around your neck Tina but preferably its not to big 🙂 it would get tiring, Im 60 now and I carry 2 karambits and one push dagger,All concealed.I am happy they changed the knife laws, I just dont like to show what I have as some love to show off 15 inch Bowies and some men conceal their guns and others walk around looking like a war is going on…LOL..I pray I never have to use mine, I would not ever be comfortable shooting someone even in self defense, unless it was an all out war…

  • Guy says:

    Bars should have been the first place listed that you cannot carry location restricted knives. The actual text of the article states something along the lines of an an establishment that derives 51% or more of its revenue under other chapters and articles. No, you cannot carry anything more than a pocketknife sized blade in a bar. This article needs to make that clear since bar and club zones are where you may be spontaneously attacked due to the nature of the venue or the time of night you walk to your vehicle.

    • Thanks Guy for your observation;
      We just made a link to the entire technical definition of the places to which you referred (I believe it means “bar” but the official legal term is something crazy like “establishment that makes more than 51% … blah blah”). We made the link bigger and informed people that it contains the full list of places you can’t carry a location-restricted knife.

    • Kevin neff says:

      I am a chef and I carry large knives 3 inch to 20 inches. Most of the time they are bagged or boxed. No gun zone. Am I cool with a knife bag? And what about .org knives like cool knives from bench made? Open out of the front Not org

  • Sebastian says:

    Confused. Is a pocket, knife in pocket, a concealed weapon – legal or illegal?

    • Hey Sebastian;
      Just about any knife is legal to carry in Texas if you’re over 18. The only exception is knives with knuckles. Otherwise, you can open carry or conceal carry anything you want. If you carry a knife whose blade is longer than 5.5 inches, there’s a list of places you can’t go into (like schools, churches, race tracks, sporting events, etc.) – you can see the full list on our Texas Knife Laws post.
      Josh – knifeup.com

    • William says:

      Texas— it does not matter, ALL knives (except knuckle knives, knives with handguards like brass knuckles) there is NO concealed or un-concealed law to worry about as you CAN carry it however you want. NO MATTER how big or small, BUT…you CANNOT carry a knife with a blade OVER 5.5 inches INTO certain places, you need to read that section so you will be informed on where.

  • Erick says:

    I understood that a blade over 5.5 inches cannot be taken in certain areas like hospitals and schools, but what if the blade is less that 5.5 inches long? Like a regular pocket knife. What size knife can I take to the places mentioned? I have a 3.75 inch pocket knife when folded down

    • B says:

      Which means you can carry it into most places. Most places that won’t allow those will tell you. You have a pocket knife. You can carry it anywhere except places that say you can’t. Court house will not allow it, and most ball parks won’t. They will have a sign listed that will state it, and probably have metal detectors and security. You still won’t get in trouble in most of them. They will just say, You can’t bring that in here. I’ve been to places that I had my pocket knife and set off the metal detectors. They usually just tell you, throw it away or take it back to your car. Most of the restricted places you can still carry your pockect knife. The old definition of a pocket knife was exactly what you have described. Something like ‘folding and under 4 inch blade.’ Now it’s just anything with a blade under 5.5 inches.

  • Dameon Brown says:

    I have a large blade estimated length around 13 inches with a serrated section and curved normal blade at the further end of it sepperated by a hook like feature each of the 2 take up round about half the blade it game with a nylon sheath with a back strap I was just looking around online cause I decided if Im gonna own it I might aswell learn how to wield it effectively then I realized I didnt even know if it was leagle to openly carry it the text on the blade also says DEFENDER XTREME so could anyone tell me based on that information if its legal to openly carry or at least anywhere I could learn how to use it proficiently?

    • Richard says:

      Per the above article, with exceptions of places as noted, all knives are legal period (finally). If it has built in “knuckles” ie brass knuckles then it is not legal.

    • William Greenwood says:

      Yes, you can carry it legally in Texas, EXCEPT in the places mentioned above, hospitals, gov’t offices, etc. If you are close to Galveston I can help you in learning how to use the knife. At least use the heck out of Youtube to learn something on the use of a knife.

  • Shlomo Bredstein says:

    Can I carry a knife with a 4.1 blade, I am 13 years old.

  • akshay says:

    so an 18 year old can carry a pocket knife under 5.5 ” blade in college campus right?

  • Dave says:

    Stay up to date & get a copy of the Texas Penal Code.

  • Kristen says:

    I’m thinking of getting a karambit knife for self-defense. Is that legal to carry, or do I need to look at something else?

  • Hinitex says:

    I purchased this wallet for a long vacation in which I wanted a front pocket wallet for security purposes. After using for vacation it has now become my primary wallet full-time. Wallet holds plenty of cards, looks great and takes up minimal space.

  • Danny says:

    What is the Law on Ballistic Knives, ownership and carry. Also I work as a Private Military Contractor so this would be for work.

    • Richard says:

      Dude, read the article:
      However, any adult can carry any knife over 5.5 inches anywhere other than certain restricted locations (see below). There are some restrictions on locations (hence the term location-restricted knives). You cant carry any location-restricted knife (blade over 5.5 inches in length) to the following locations:

  • Ruben says:

    What about a 7 inch ka bar? It was a gift.

    • Wesley P says:

      Based on what I just read, that is legal to carry if you are 18, everywhere except the restricted areas listed above.

    • William says:

      Is 7 inches more than 5.5 inches? You CAN carry a knife 5.5 inches or LESS “anywhere”. You CANNOT carry a knife OVER 5.5..i.e. 5.5 inches or more into the places listed.

  • alistar says:

    nice work here greate read

  • Wayne says:

    Update your site, the laws in Texas has changed since this posting. We can carry Bowie knives and swords.

  • Diamon says:

    All Tx laws on open knife carry have changed as of Sept. 2017. Almost all knives are legal to carry, even Bowies.

  • Jim says:

    Please update your information on Texas Knife laws. They changed drastically last year

  • Donald J. says:

    Your information is all incorrect. Texas has changed its knife laws. You need to look at the current legislation.

  • Samael says:

    The laws were recently updated in 2017. Many of the restricted knives have had their restrictions lifted

  • Robert Gonzalez says:

    Im 15 and I live in Dallas Texas and want to start collecting and buying pocket knives and stuff is it legal to buy knives for my age and collect them or whats the rule or law?

  • Tex ritter says:

    needs an update, efefctive september 1st 2017 the measure passed by changing the wording describing the blades from “illegal” to “location-restricted.” from the penal code and can be open carried as long as you are over 18 years of age.

  • Joshua says:

    Can you carry a knife that is under 5.5 in, is not a switchblade, but has a pressure point incorporated in the blade that allows it to unfold, in a hospital. Carrier is over 18 and knife is in the pocket.

  • Jerry Grady says:

    That’s because we use guns instead of knives.

  • Leonard Kelley says:

    This information is out of date and needs to be updated to reflect the new laws in Texas allowing open carry of any number of knives, swords, etc

  • Micah Dadbeh says:

    Actually new legislation for Texas knives has been made a lot more lenient. They need to update this page to reflect the changes in law regarding knives.

  • Zero says:

    Can a felon own and carry a knife at all?

  • Steven says:

    Soon or already in effect you are now allowed to open carry a blade that is over 5.5 inches, although restrictions still apply. Please fix this error so that people may know their rights

  • Guy says:

    Texas law will allow open carry of knives, swords. AUSTIN, Texas A new law in Texas will allow people over 18 to carry knives with blades longer than 5 inches in public. That means after September 1, people possessing anything from daggers to swords will not be breaking any laws.

  • Joe says:

    This is out of date. Texas knife laws have changed quite a bit.

  • Alissa Esparza says:

    All knives all legal now in Texas, and you can openly or conceal carry any kind of knife or sword as long as you’re 18. However you cannot bring a knife longer than 5.5 inches in a school, amusement park, racetrack, or a government institution.

  • Marco says:

    This page needs an update. New laws have passed last year in September.

  • Dylan K. says:

    Not really, cali makes knives 2 1/2 inches illegal, switchblades, butterfly knives, and most fixed blades illegal, on top of all of texas’s restrictions

  • Dj says:

    As of 2017 this law is no longer standing. All knifes swords and machetes are legal too carry know. If your gonna run a website about laws. Keep it up too date please and thank you

  • Richard Dunkin says:

    Is it legal for a minor (person under18 years of age) to carry a knife, and if so, what is the maximum blade length of that knife?

  • Mr Irrelevant says:

    The laws have changed, at least with regard to automatic knives and blade length limits. Your information is out of date by several years, you might want to take a look at that.

  • Nathaniel valdez says:

    I’m a knife colleter but I carry one with me for emergency or self protection since I would still be a minor and some of my knives are at almost 2 “1/5 do you have any other recommendations cause my uncle says carrying an open close knife has ups and downs.so I kinda don’t know what knife I’m allowed to carry in my case alice I’m not 18 but if there is nothing you can do thank

  • Ryan says:

    My understanding is these laws no longer apply.

  • Eric says:

    all this info is outdated now.

  • Rob C says:


  • Paul Miller says:

    Is a Kershaw boot knife with a 4.5 inch blade legal to carry concealed in Texas?

  • William whiteman says:

    Its cuz we Texans like to fight with knives while trying to shoot each other off our horses

  • Jim Compton says:

    Age restrictions act (assuming the person carrying is intelligent enough to read and seek out advice) to both prevent crime and act as a defence, sometimes,for a party involved in a violent confrontation. Ex.: if there is a 2 party confrontation, and one of the individuals is carrying a legal lenghth knife and the other is in violation of the law, other factors equal, it would tend to sway the self defense claim more towards the person abiding with the law.

  • ohio fun says:

    great comment i will give someone hug for this article….keep up the good work

  • Joshua Denton says:

    Article needs an update. Blades over 5 1/2 inches are legal for carry, as long as certain guidelines are followed. Also, certain definitions have been changed. Just go and hit CTRL+F and type “knife” for the Texas legal definitions, how and where it’s illegal to carry, etc. http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm

    There may be local laws that differ. Check your local county and city websites.

  • Arctodus says:

    You guys really need to update these pages…. lots of inaccurate information here.
    Really, a lot.

  • Barbara M Williamson says:

    Is it legal to carry a kitchen knife as long as its no longer than 5.5 inches long?

  • Wade says:

    Effective Sept. 1, 2017, Texas law (HB 1935) eliminated the category of “illegal knives”. In most places, it is now legal to openly carry swords, daggers, knives (of any length), machetes, etc.

  • Daniel says:

    plz update the laws have changed thank you

  • TexanBowieMcSmith says:

    Lots of laws in more than a few states have been passed, relaxing knife restrictions. A recent one in Texas, taking effect back in Sept.’ 17? So, ever update this site? As in ever?

  • Christopher says:

    Can you carry a shiv like or shank ?

  • James says:

    Can I carry a knife with a blade less than 5 1/2″ long concealed in Harris county Texas?

  • Carlos Hernandez says:

    This page needs to be updated. The law has changed. As of September 1st, 2017, it is now legal for anyone 18 and up to carry blades longer than 5 1/2″, including swords.

  • Kevin Berger says:

    The law concerning blades on Texas have changed as of September 1, 2017. House Bill 1935

  • Kenny Moss says:

    The law has changed in Texas

  • Trenton Rich says:

    can we get an update for this page, Illegal knife isn’t even in the current law, and there certainly isnt a size restriction anymore

  • Seff SilverCloud says:

    i’m curious about something. i have this broken knife blade that i like tying in my hair. its about twelve inches long and it was hand sharpened, but it has no handle, its about a half inch wide and it doesnt have any sort of handle, it was part of a dagger that i really liked and it broke, so i started tying the broken blade in my hair to keep it with me, and i was curious, is a broken blade still considered a knife? and if so, what laws would be applicable to it?

  • John Mason says:

    This page needs to be updated. The laws changed in 2017 and became effective September 1, 2017. Suffice to say, there are practically no more illegal knives in Texas, only places where formerly illegal knives can be taken. Also, it was never illegal to own many of the knives listed here. It was illegal to carry them off your own property.

  • All this info is now outdated. As of September 2nd we can carry anything with an edge, however all blades over 5 and a half inches are location restricted and can’t be carried anywhere you can’t carry a firearm.

  • Jordan says:

    What constitutes a “stabbing knife”? I have an OTF switchblade that has a double-edged, 3 and 1/2 inch blade. I heard that double edged OTF blades are illegal, but since it is a switchblade, and those are legal to carry, where does my knife stand?

  • Mike Rentner says:

    This needs to be updated for Texas, especially concerning long knives.

  • Jesse Odom says:

    So the new law by Abbot is not true? To carry over 5 and a half inches?

  • Seams lazarus says:

    Can I carry a 1lb hatchet on a 4″ handle as a knife?

  • Guy Falkinburg says:

    Auto correct got me..
    Opening line should read HB 1935…NOT IN 1935.


  • Guy Falkinburg says:

    In 1935 Sept 1 2017 did away with illegal knife in texas and substitute location restricted knives… You can now carry any length or any type knife..except automatic knife you want as long as it is not done in certain restricted places…much like a licensed handgun.

    For a complete description refer to Texas hb 1935.

    Complete 180 on Texas knife laws

  • Jay Etheredge says:

    Texas Laws have changed you are giving wrong information, please update it.

  • Tony says:

    can this be re-done? would like some more up-to-date information

  • J says:

    This is massively out of date.
    As of 01SEP17, everything is legal. period. If you are under 18, sucks to be you. Those who are over, anything under 5.5 inches is legal to carry everywhere within the state. Anything over, basically, follow the LTC restrictions. So, you cant carry a sword into a school or bar, but you can carry one into a park or on school grounds but outside the building. Rule is by the blade, so a if you want to bring a 5ft spear with a 4inch blade into a courtroom, you are legal.

    There are more rules than what I listed, but generally, the above is accurate.

  • Joshua Nichols says:

    Now with the last law the people of Texas are now allowed to carry and length of blade

  • PT Bell says:

    Forget all this mess the law has changed 🙂 as of Sept. 01 2017. Carry what you want.

  • Richard L Peralez says:

    The law says you can now carry knives over 5 and a half long, swords, daggers, and spears…

  • Collin johnson says:

    This needs to be updated with the passing of bill 1935, you can now open carry any size knife, sword, spear, whatever bladed instrument

  • Joshua Schwartfigure says:

    As of September 1, 2017 blades that are over the length of 5 1/2 inches are now legal for open and concealed carry in Texas. There is no age specification for the carry of a blade under 5 1/2 inches but I am unsure about blades over the specified length.

  • Jimmy Kelley says:

    I have a double edged knife under 51/2″ and carry it on my person in a drip dry, handle snap case, on my belt, obvious to anyone with a modicum of intelligence. It is openly displayed not concealed and used as a tool mostly for wire. I live in Pasagitdowndena, Texas. I don’t go in bars or clubs but mostly travel to and fro the job. The blade is 41/2″ from guard to tip, is not balanced for throwing but blade and shank are all one piece extending to 1/16″ past the handle. This is a dive knife and I am a 7 c-card holder by PADI.

  • Gabriel Stevens says:

    You can now carry any length of blade (including swords)

  • Ezekiel says:

    Hey idk when thisll be updated but texas no longer has the 51/2″ rule as of septemper 8

  • David Campbell says:

    I am a convicted fellon … Can I carry any knifes under the new law ??

  • gary dunn says:

    on september 1, 2017, the knife laws in Texas changed… now we can open carry even swords and spears. apparently the admins on this sight havent noticed that yet ….. google Texas HB 1935 for the new laws…..

  • ginked says:

    so let me get this straight ,You cannot carry a Bowie Knife in Texas?????? ahhhhh remember the Alamo..

  • gary dunn says:

    as of september 1, 2017, in Texas we can openly carry swords and spears ….etc. research Texas HB 1935 …

  • Roger says:

    Can we get the update to this and a link to the code. It is now legal to carry anything over 5.5 inches including swords.

  • Noriel says:

    Good news, Texas Knife Laws have changed.

  • Blackston Morgan says:

    This page needs updating.
    As of Sept 1 2017, we no have removed virtually all restrictions on knives.
    Blunt instruments do still appear to be illegal to carry.

  • Steven says:

    This article is incorrect. Gravity knives are legal in Texas. The only mention of a gravity opening knife was in the switchblade description, and switchblades were legalized in 2013.

    As of today, 9/01/17, there are no more “illegal” knives in Texas. The formerly illegal knives are now location restricted, you can even carry swords & machetes – see here for a complete breakdown of restricted locations: https://kniferights.org/hb-1935-bottom-line/

    NOTE: Knives that incorporate knuckles as part of the handle (Penal Code Sec. 46.01(8)), such as the iconic Model 1918 WWI Trench Knife and similar, remain illegal to possess in Texas (Penal Code Sec. 46.05(2)).

    NOTE: Tomahawks remain classified as clubs (Penal Code Sec. 46.01(1)(D)) that are still illegal to carry (Penal Code Sec. 46.02) in Texas.

  • pappy says:

    its september 1, 2017. the 5-1/2″ blade rule no longer works…. anything goes.

  • john ford says:

    What about sword canes?

  • Knife laws from State to very greatly and City to City so check bfore you carry.

  • captain says:

    You need to update this page! 😀
    Finally! We can actually carry a machete to transit the unkempt sidewalks of Austin, that the city won’t clear of limbs, shrubbery, dangerous agave leaves, etc.

  • TexasDontKnowIt says:

    I want to have a pocket knife but am 14 can I still buy/own a knife?

  • Olen Sluder says:

    TX state law changes Sept. 1, 2017 and will allow open carry of a blade longer than 5 inches in cluding daggers.

  • heather says:

    So is it legal to conceal carry a switchblade? Or is it only legal to own one on your own property?

  • GS says:

    Not true. A Bowie knife is specifically prohibited as is a dagger. No blade length. Till 01september17

  • GS says:

    As long as it is not specifically prohibited.

  • GS says:

    A machete normally has a blade longer than 5.5 inches. Illegal till 01 Sept 2017.

  • GS says:

    Specifically not legal as its tip is sharp on both sides. Legal after 1 September 2017 except where you cannot carry a gun.

  • Dat boi says:

    Shout I’m 12and carry a 5and a quarter inch knife

  • Debra says:

    ..They just stated Bowie knives are illegal. Regardless of inches, it’s illegal.

  • Mark Massey says:

    I’m 16 and I have a tac-force pocket knife it has a spring but it is on the bottom of the blade is it still ok for me to carry around or should I just leave it at home ??????

  • Kayla Lutz says:

    I was wondering how old you have to be to purchase and own a sword in Texas.

  • Ryan says:

    Yes I do

  • Dr. Matthew Bergman says:

    So I bought a knife from Amazon that about half the legal carry limit (~2.5 inches). Can I carry it with me?

  • J P says:

    Looks like come September 1st, it’ll be legal to open carry knives over 5.5″

  • Bill says:

    I question your conclusion about “Gravity knives”

  • PHILIP WOODS says:


  • Matt says:

    I don’t think gravity knives are illegal. I’ve looked over the statute and they’re only mentioned in the section with autos, which were legalized in 2013. Also, I’m told by someone who worked on the recent legalization bill that they’re not in fact illegal after 2013.

  • gary dunn says:

    yayyyyy …. starting September 1 , 2017, in Texas, the 5-1/2″ length rule willl no longer be valid. we will then be able to cary ANY knife, even swords and machettes ….. look it up …. Texas House Bill 1935 …..

  • B3k says:

    I have a machete in my Jeep for offroad usage – I believe this is legal because I own & control the vehicle, correct ?

  • Chase S. says:

    See Texas House Bill 1935–“AN ACT relating to the carrying of certain knives” for an massive update to knife laws. Officially becomes law on September 1, 2017

  • Hyle Owens says:

    This will be changing come Sept 1, 2017. The illegal knife category os being changed to the “location prohibited knife” all “illegal knives are going to be fine to carry concealed or open as long as it’s not in certain areas like bars (51% establishments) and school/college campuses. I think there may be a few others but you can find info easy enough

  • Patrick Dugan says:

    I was wondering this as well. I also have my LTC in Texas and just bought a Karambit this is 8 inches in total length, but the blade is only 4 1/4 inches. I suppose this is not legal to conceal carry?

  • Theophile says:

    The law has changed. House Bill 1935 passed this year and now knives and swords and spears of all types are legal in most places. There are a few restricted spaces, but that all. This goes into effect on September 1st, 2017.

  • Yes the limit is 6 inches


    They sell all these so called illegal knives at the flea market, I once got like arrested or something when during my lunch break my co-worker and I went to go see the president Clinton at the airport. We both had knives with belt holsters. Mine had a wood handle? of a gun it opened to a knife, it was awesome. Some people on golf carts told us to lift up our shirts and told us to get on, took us to a hanger and head of secret service, was Hispanic, interrogated us, at that time I smoked weed and also had some on me. They searched us and our work van, they called our work, let us go, said if we wanted our knives back to call, we said nope.
    Next day at work secretary and everyone laughing said I had gotten someone to call and pretend they were secret service.
    Since then no more knives, just the mini ones or box cutter.

  • Lizandro says:

    How old do you have to be to carry a knife a regular folding knife?

  • J says:

    Different cities in Texas often have more restrictive laws, San Antonio, for example, has mush stiffer restrictions on knives than state law.

  • Jason D Carroll says:

    what about a saw blade? what about garden shears? how about a butcher knife? or sushi chef knifes? so many reasons for a “blade” to be needed that is over 5.5″.

  • J.R. says:

    Texas’ knife laws will get less restrictive as of Sept. 1, 2017, per recent legislative activity.

  • Bill K says:

    Most of the “Illegal Knife” statutes in Texas have been repealed by the state legislature effective on Sept 1, 2017.

  • Taylor Cota says:

    Can anyone tell me if it’s legal to carry a Karambit now as long as it isn’t over the length limit? I’m looking to get a sheathed Karambit not and folding version, like something I could carry on my waist or strapped to my chest if I’m wearing a jacket. It’s a Curved talon-like blade if anyone doesn’t know.

  • James Reid says:

    I know this is a bit of an older post, but I’m hoping someone can answer my question. Could someone please define “gravity knife” specifically in detail and give exames of gravity knives? My question specifically relates to pocket folders with the Emerson wave feature on them. Are they legal in Texas?

  • T says:

    No. LTC is guns only. Has zero to do with anything else.

    If you don’t have somebody looking to arrest you, you can carry mist anything. If somebody is looking to arrest you, the laws are so vague that most anything could be arrestable. That said, folders and under 5.5″ fixed are unlikely to launch an arrest.

    The “Bowie” and “dagger” prohibitions are pretty problematic, as it depends on how the person looking to arrest you is squinting that day reading the law book.

  • Richard Patton says:

    Is a machete in my vehicle considered a knife/sword under TX law? Example – Transporting a machete to my property for thinning out vines and branches.

    The summary of what is legal in Texas does not seem match your own quotes from Texas law. Example – bowie knife discussion.
    What am I missing? Are you distinguishing between “owning” and “carrying”? If so, I believe your web information is misleading most of the general public.

    Clarification is appreciated.

  • Xavi Bidwell says:

    So if I were to keep a Bowie knife in my car, would self defense be considered a lawful purpose?

  • Casey says:

    Really, Texas? Really?!

  • Jon says:

    Are karambit a legal?

  • William Claunch says:

    Can you open carry a blunt training sword?That does not have a bladed end to it and can not do SERIOUS bodily injury. But it can be used in self defense.

  • Jake Shaw says:

    Planning a canoe / camping trip. If I had a machete strapped to my pack, in the boat, would that be considered illegal? Also, where do hatchets fall into this issue?

  • Kenny says:

    Im having a hard time defining a bowie knife, i have a fixed blade 5 1/2 in exactly and only one side is the cutting side. It does not have the common tip that can be sharpened.

  • Haley says:

    What are the laws on double edged knives? I have one that is under 5 inches, but it’s double edged.

  • Valerie says:

    Under unlawful carrying weapons, it is not unlawful to carry an illegal knife “(2) inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the persons control”
    I ride a motorcycle. There is no inside to my vehicle. Could I strap a knife longer than 5 1/2 inches to it?


    “Carry restrictions do not apply to a persons own vehicle or a vehicle that is under their control, as long as the weapon is being carried for a lawful purpose.”
    What would be a lawful purpose vs unlawful purpose?

  • Rick says:

    Before long there going to require a permit to carry a knife…

  • Keithkonzem says:

    How old do you have to better

  • Finn Knox says:

    Does “(1) on the persons own premises or premises under the persons control” include someone else’s property when they’ve given permission to carry said illegal knife? If I’m at a gun range and they’ve given explicit permission, can I shoot my SKS without removing the (folded) bayonet? My understanding is that bayonet make the carbine into a spear so qualifies as ‘illegal knife’. Have not looked into how to remove as I’d like to leave the carbine in original condition, but given choice would rather not become a felon.

  • Christa Williams says:

    This is crazy I was raped.
    The rape caused me to miss court on a bogud felony case gor having 3 cold tablets on my medicine cabinet.
    This case was to be dismissed that day.
    I was sentanced to 5 years in prison for failure ti appear in court!
    Had I been able to defend myself Today I could legaly have a knife or hatchet to defend myself.
    My Rapest got off scott free.
    He can carry a knife legally.
    The Irony of it is Now I am not legaly allowed to defend myself from a rapest because I did not have my knife on me to defend myself from a 270 pound man at the time he chose to tape me ! ! !

  • Dan says:

    What restrictions would a karambit war hawk Bill knife fall under if any

  • Jessie says:

    I have a out the front knife

    Sorry phone put the wrong thing.

  • Jessie says:

    Have about the front knife has a serrated edge and a straight edge and has about 3 1/2 inch long dagger style blade would this be illegal to carry??

  • J. Watkins says:

    I live in Arizona and carry all sorts of different knives concealed along with my firearm for protection AND because I have that right, I use that right. I’ve never harmed anyone with either and hope I never have to. But I am shocked to see laws like these knife laws which sound like they should come from the city of New York in the great state of Texas. My wife and I were considering moving to Texas, but I can’t move to a place that brags on the constitution and it’s inforcement of it and takes away freedoms such as this. Texas, whose freedoms were partially won by the man who’s name is the name of one of the knives they outlaw for carry? And you can carry a gun concealed? You brothers in Texas need to get these laws changed if for no other reason than to be a state that not only talks about American freedoms but backs them up by action.

  • Roe LaPorte says:

    I am always fishing and 2 – 4 filet knlves in tackle box – Illegal ?

  • Jj says:

    Ok so I’m confused if I want to own swords and all that blade weapons stuff can I own and use them as long as I’m on my property or I’m I’m caught with it in my home will I face charges if I own and use them in my own property?

  • Richard says:

    Tony, your definition of a bowie knife differs from the law. Shape doesn’t matter; size does.

  • Richard says:

    It seems everyone’s swatting at gnats. Open carry your handgun (with a license), open carry your AR-15, Gerber LMF-II knife, your automatic knife, your bali-song and leave your @!#/ bowie knife at home. At that point, who cares if you can draw out a Crocodile Dundee knife? I doubt the punk with the 9 is going to confront you for your wallet if you’re obviously carrying superior firepower.

  • Richard says:

    Been there, done that. Concealing an oversized knife is really uncomfortable and makes you move funny, thus giving away the fact that you’re concealing it.

  • Richard says:

    Apparently, common sense is not a requirement for elected office.

  • Richard says:

    Handgun laws and knife laws don’t seem to overlap, so you may be licensed to carry a handgun, but not an oversized knife. I didn’t say it made sense.

  • Richard says:

    Texas knife laws do not discriminate based on age. Minor or adult makes no difference.

  • Richard says:

    Under 5.5 inches is fine, even to walk into a bank or post office. BTW, the website doesn’t mention that ballistic knives ( with blades that shoot out and depart from the handle) are also illegal, such as the Soviet KGB Foxfire knife.

  • Richard says:

    The law is vague. Defense to prosecution is if the weapon is of a type commonly used in the sporting activity you’re participating in (or have or will). Still, defense means you’ve been arrested and have gone to trial. As pathetic as it may be, you might beat the rap, but you won’t beat the ride.

  • Richard says:

    Machetes are illegal to carry. Defense to prosecution could be if you’re also in possession of other brush clearing / landscaping equipment and it’s a work tool.

  • Sharpie says:

    Texas quit screwing around and fix your knife laws! Why is a double sided blade (dagger) illegal to carry??? Define “Bowie knife”.
    I can carry guns but certain knives are still illegal?? What? Stupid.

  • Rob Carter says:

    You can carry LOADED long guns in Texas openly, and there is an exemption in that you CAN carry a longer blade IF engaged in hunting/fishing and the knife is in common use in that sport… I.e. common skining knives, hunting knives, Tex.

  • Jose says:

    Is there a permit that allows you to carry a concealed Bowie knife in Texas and if there is one where can I get it or where can I get more information

  • Gregory Bedsole says:

    Is a karamebit considered a legal knife?? If it’s under five and a half inches?

  • Confused Texan says:

    But guns are fine right? I dont get this state -_-

  • jamal says:

    My question is on a knife that has the Emerson wave feature from research and looking into laws I would assume it is OK to have on person but wanted to ask to be sure

  • Ron says:

    can a felon carry an automatic knife in Texas

  • Gustavo Sanchez says:


  • Sandy Galindo says:

    The law never set a legal age to carry a knife only that it is 5 1/2 inches or below

  • Buddy Deal says:

    How do the laws work for a flint blade knife mounted in an antler handle?

  • Morgan Mccorkle says:

    So, a fixed blade skinning knife with a full tang, such as a shrade 152, even though the sharpened end of the blade is less than 5 inches, would be considered illegal to carry?

  • Tbrown says:

    How about a knife with finger guards? When closed it looks like “brass knuckles.”

  • Antony Garcia says:

    What about karambits?

  • Josh says:

    Can you carry an axe?

  • Jacob says:

    My step dad told me that a knife over 3 inches is illegal Is that right

  • Luis says:

    I gotta hook gut knife the blade is under 5 inches is it still legal to carry?

  • Will Davis says:

    “The Bowie Knife,” Illegal to Carry in Texas. Now let’s remember that it’s only Named after the great Texas Forfather, Pioneer, and Martyr James (Jim) Bowie who selflessly laid down his life, but only after using his knife at the solemnly remembered 13 day siege of the Alamo. A Texas republic free from the oppression of Mexico was his reason for his sacrifice and the 13 days they held out bought just enough time for Sam Houston to See it through. The Bowie knife is a symbol of Texas’ independence cut & dry. Now I’m reasonable enough to understand that “The Bowie” does not have as much practicality for (most and I do say most) 21st-century Texans as it provided in 1836. Regardless of that fact, Texas legislator should not take that lightly! At a minimum Texan should be honored to qualify for a license to carry the knife if they should so choose. I guess we’ll just pay the sales tax (which they certainly won’t hesitate to collect from its namesake). Rest assured, I’m confident they will spend it well. so we’ll just go ahead and keep it in the drawers of our homes or in The glove box of our trucks.. no Trailride in Big Bend I guess. Of course wouldn’t want to make things too confusing for our hard thinking Texas legislators. However, if they do need something to do , why don’t they start by asking Arizona, Alaska ,Arkansas and yes even Old Mexico how they manage to make it work keeping the Bowie Knife legal to carry; in those places you can carry it anywhere, anyhow, and any time you like. “Illegal in Texas” Ok….

  • William says:

    I have carried a machete in my work truck for years, and sometimes around neighborhoods walking up and down roads, or other people’s properties, but I’m also a land surveyor and it is a tool we need. So If your are working or look like you are you shouldn’t ever have an issue.

  • Elijah Gonzales says:

    texas is the best place for knifes

  • gary dunn says:

    i suppose that means i cant carry my Kabar (7″ blade”). how about a tomahawk ?????

  • In addition to being a long knife, a Bowie is a double edged knife. That is the bottom of the blade is sharp and so is part of the top. A knife that looks like a Bowie in profile is called a clippoint knife and if it is legal length , single edged it is legal.

  • Dave says:

    Where in Texas Penal Code does it say that possession/carrying of a gravity knife is illegal? Several sites about knives say this but none quote what the law says. Thanks!

  • Lup Sonata says:

    Then what about a traditional single-edged karambit? Blade length is 4 1/2″. Is it legal?

  • John Molina says:

    Please clarify can we carry Butterfly knives as long as the blade is 5 inches. State of Texas of course

  • David Silvey says:

    Can I still have a blade over 5 1/2 inches at my house?

  • a says:

    How old do you have to be to carry a assisted opening knife in texas

  • Barry says:

    I noticed a comment about carrying a long knife in you vehicle (what if you just purchased it or taking it to someone?) My question is a motorcycle also a vehicle and can I strap my machete across my back while I ride my bike?

  • Sup1258 says:

    So let me get this straight, it’s legal to Cary a gun but not a throwing knife? I’m gonna have to call bull, because of the fact that a knife takes skill while a gun takes no skill. Yet we are still able to carry a gun than a simple throwing knife? These guys need to rethink their laws a little bit more, I mean if they are allowing pistols out in public why not throwing knives?

  • Steve says:

    Can I carry a knife that has a blade length over 51/2″ long in the glove box of my car while traveling in texas? How long of a blade can I keep stored in my car?
    Thanks for info. I can not afford a lawyer to interpret law for me.

  • Aaron Jones says:


  • Local Texan says:

    Can I get a license to carry a knife longer than 5.5 inches?

  • Chas says:

    What about a karambit

  • Zach says:

    A machete is considered a long bladed weapon. And is 100% illegal to walk around with in Texas.

  • Nathan Thorpe says:

    A machete would probably be considered a sword or a knife with over 5″ of blade. Either way you probably can’t get away with carrying it on you off of your property.

    • cameron says:

      I have actually walked amongst game wardens around TPNL lake with a machete around my waste. They did not bat an eye about it. Though game wardens tend to be more lenient when it comes to stuff like that. They see a machete as a tool at first glance and not a weapon, especially when you are in a area with a LOT of cattails. I would not recommend doing that in front of a cop.

      What I’m getting at is as long as you are in the right enviorment with a machete ( heavy brush areas and what not) and not walking into town with one, you should be good.

    • William Huggins says:

      The artical clearly states there is no illegal knife, dagger, sword and has the off limits places listed. If it could only be legal to carry at home then the list would not mention all the places you cant carry a knife. It would state the only place you can possess it, which would be your house.

    • Jimmy Ruiz says:

      5.5 is the length of the Blade not the entire knife with handle included… which is from where the steel of the blade starts to tip 5.5 When describing your knife always use the blade length NOT the entire length ,,It gets an incorrect answer,as some blades can have a 5 inch handle, and a 4 inch blade this is less than 5.5 blade… but if you say 8 inch knife someone will think your blade is 8 inch..

  • VON ARNEY says:

    You can carry a loaded AR and AK with a round in the chamber and on firealmost anywhere in Texas with only a few restrictions but some of that is not good common sense.
    When I go on Open Carry wslks eith Open Carry Texas I carry loaded, Chambered with Safety on.
    If we have s large group we encourage no chambered round.

  • VON ARNEY says:

    (b) Section 46.02 does not apply to a person who:
    (6) is carrying:
    (A) a license issued under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code, to carry a handgun; and
    (B) a handgun:
    (i) in a concealed manner; or
    (ii) in a shoulder or belt holster;

  • Romolo H Garcia IV says:

    What does a hatect fall under and if it’s being used for work reasons is it legal

  • James harper says:

    I am 17 am I able to carry my five inch esee 5 knife in public?

  • Conor Dugan says:

    If you are hunting, you can carry a blade above 5 1/2 inches. I have been stopped while hunting by game wardens, for licence checks and such, and I routinely carry a 9 inch Bowie. I have never once had them tell me I was in violation, and in my opinion, game wardens are the strictest on matters like this.

  • aaron says:

    So can i carry a butterfly knife???

  • SpeedBump says:

    It’s probably best this way..

    Considering all the illegal Mexicans in Texas, I can understand the tighter knife rules the state enforces.

  • Gabeiel says:

    Can you carry a knife with a blade larger than 5 1/2 inches if is on your car

  • Spot On says:

    The law was created by racists who wanted to have good reason to arrest Mexicans, whom the Texas legislators believed to be knife-wielding maniacs. (Some Emergency Room staff in certain areas of Texas may not disagree, on certain full-moon Saturday nights). I asked an old Texas lawyer when I was younger, which I no longer am, how in the world that law came to be in Texas. He said, “Son, that law isn’t meant for you, the Law was passed for Mexicans.” The Law now likes to use this whenever convenient to put more charges on anyone they don’t like. Just like all the other unnecessary and politically-motivated laws on the books. Welcome to tyranny (the arbitrary application of laws to promote the desires of the ruling class over the weak, which is you if you are reading this.)

  • Miles says:

    Can I carry a knife on any college campus be it community or university? 5in blade qtrmstr

  • Christopher Schwerdtfeger says:

    My old combat knife is 5.9 inches, and I am also homeless, for tool and self protection purposes, would the .4 in difference make it I legal to carry

  • Tereth says:

    This really puts a damper on my spirit, at least I can own some of the stuff.

  • Cody says:

    5.5 and under is ok. I carry a blade with a length. Of 5.450 in. Cop tried to get me for it… I had him pull up the tx laws on knifes and he measured it he looked it over said it was a nice knife handed it back to me an told me to have a nice day

  • Matt nelson says:

    Under those circumstances you can

  • Me says:

    That’s why we carry guns!!

  • Kenneth says:

    I have a texas chl does that mean I can also carry a survival knife that the blade is 6 inches long?

  • Race Bannon says:

    What’s the statute on a “Bazooka”? Can I carry a “Bazooka” concealed?

  • TEX says:


    • steve says:

      According to a handgun instructor I took a class from, as of 1/1/16, you can carry a illegal knife with you but you must have your ltc PLUS your firearm. I’m a member of Texas Law Shield and I talked to one of their attorneys but they stated that there has not been a test case yet. Texas penal code 46.15 non applicability , meaning that Tx penal code 46.02 and 46.03, the two parts of the law that defines an illegal weapon and says you can’t carry one. Google texas penal code 46.15 and scroll way on down to (b) section 46.02 :does not apply to a person who: (6) is caring (a) is carring a license issued under subchapter H and (b) a handgun. I talked to a neighborhood cop and he was not aware of the change and as ther was no test case it depends on wether you would like to play the guinea pig. Please pass this along for feedback. thanks

  • Brenden says:

    Do the license to carry a handgun also pertain to some of the “illegal” knives listed?
    For instance, if I have my LTC in Texas, could I also then carry a concealed Bowie knife or knife with a blade longer than 5.5″?

    Just a curiosity driven by discussions I’ve seen on other forums about CCW laws…


    • Kyuta Syuko says:

      The Texas LTC only pertains to handguns and does not allow you to carry any type of illegal knife.

    • pappy dun says:

      i would like to know the answer to tis also. i have an LTC. my daughter gave me a Biuck 119 for christmas a few years ago which has a 6″ blade . so why is it legal for me to carry a .45 in my pocket but not a 6″ blade ????

    • BHAL says:

      No, the license prtains ONLY to handguns.

    • Thomas Fiesel says:

      That’s a NEGATIVE Ghost Rider. In other words no. CHL/HL respects only handguns not edged knives weapons. Also, reference pending constitutional amendment H.B. No. 195

    • Jay says:

      No, the LTC permit does not allow you to carry an illegal knife.

    • Country dude says:

      Just in case you never found an answer to this question, no your ccl (concealed carry licence) will not cover and or protect any knife listed as illegal in the state of Texas.

    • Willy says:

      Look at your license. Does it say “License to Carry a Concealed Knife”? I’m pretty sure it does not.
      The license means exactly what it says – it is a license to carry a concealed handgun. Period.

    • J says:

      No, the license to carry applies only to handguns

    • Sean says:

      Texas LTC covers firearms specifically and exclusively. It does NOT cover knives.

    • Daniel says:

      If I’m not mistaken, it doesn’t matter what kind of knife or sword it is. As long as it doesn’t have the closed knuckle handle, and as long as you are over the age of 18, it does not require any licensing.

  • Matthew Cooper says:

    If you acquired it legally you should be fine as long as it meets the criteria stated above.

  • Matthew Cooper says:

    As long as it’s under 5.5 inches it’s okay.

  • Conner says:

    I live in texas. Is it legal for congres to ban fixed blade knives or just knives in general. Or is it more of a state thing, appretate it yall.

  • PHILIP WOODS says:


  • Jason says:

    2nd amendment applies to knifes not just guns, everyone seems to forget about the 2nd when it comes to knifes, it’s interesting to note that the one constitutional right that says in the last sentence “shall not be infringed”. Is a restricted right, wonder what would happen if your local government restricted how you go to church, or your speech, or the 4th unreasonable search and siezure, wait that one is abused as well, hmmm.

  • Tony says:

    So the blade can not be over 5 and a half but can the hole knife total can? Say I have a knife that is 7 inches total and the blade is 5 and half. Is that legal?

  • Dar Guil says:

    Is it Legal to carry by pocket clip and by sheath Tops Buck CSAR-T When in a sheath I leave it open. I do not use the sheath that came with it.

  • Reagan says:

    I doubt a reasonable police officer is going to arrest you for defending yourself or others with a knife though.

  • Zachary says:

    No, any type of Bowie knifes are “harmful”. Not my words

  • Zachary says:

    I have seen people carry machetes in a town where cops are everywhere and no one has got arrested.

  • Zachary says:

    As long as you have permission from the land owner

  • Dan says:

    It all depends on length. Would still not be allowed to carry.

  • Sean johnston says:

    I have an exact 5 1/2 in.knife with a sheathe can I open carry this knife in public places like Walmart or grocery stores,or restaurants?

  • Vanessa spivey says:

    Is it legal to own a two sided pocket knife.

  • Colton h says:

    No matter the age the blade must be under 5 1/2 inches. A machete cannot be open carried. Anything that does not fit the restrictions may be carried in private property either owned by you or in your control.

  • Ricco105 says:

    Yes, but use common sence when pulling out a knife in public.

  • spchouk says:

    A machete is a sqord, a bowie under 5.5in is legal to carry, and you can have a bowie knife hunting as long as it’s in your car or a bag (not on your person). If you are under 18 in the state of TX it is illegal for you to carry any type of weapon.

  • KentHearn says:

    Simplest solution to restrictive Texas knife laws, …move!

  • Cole says:

    That’s what I want to know

  • Aaron Jenschke says:

    I’ve read through the entire article, and it is still unclear to me. Under the butterfly knife section it says that it is legal to own the knife, but i’d just like to be clear on the subject. I want to know if it is legal to openly carry a butterfly knife in Texas. I also read through the restrictions on openly carrying and it doesn’t mention butterfly knifes. I would also like sources in the subject backing the answer if it isn’t too much trouble.

  • Robert says:

    Is it illegal to carry a leather man multi tool? More specifically a leather man wave multi tool.

  • Timothy gonzales says:

    I’m 17 soon to be 18 and i have a knife above 5 1/2 inches . if I have it sheathed can I carry it around ?

  • Juan Reyes says:

    My blade is 8″sso i guess i wont carry it

  • Jon says:

    (Yes you can. Anything , other than a dagger, within 5 1/2″ from tip of blade to the handle material. If you are out in public.).. If it’s private property or property under your control you can carry anything other than a gravity knife.

  • Jon says:

    Yes you can. Anything within 5 1/2″ from tip of blade to the handle material.

  • Tyler Swanger says:

    Dixie Zapata, a machete is just a machete, and is illegal to carry in public, but if your camping or something like that, it is legal as long as it is used properly.

  • Joseph Garcia says:

    Yes you can

  • Joseph Garcia says:

    Of course

  • Joseph Garcia says:

    Yes it is

  • Joseph Garcia says:

    Yes it is but you can still own it

  • Joseph Garcia says:


  • Racist McShootFace Knows Best says:

    So if I go hunting, fishing, hiking, or camping, I can’t carry a Bowie knife?

    • oldjackbob says:

      That depends on whether you’re prepared to argue that a Bowie knife is “a type [of weapon] commonly used in the activity”, per the language in 46.15(b)(3).

    • Julian says:

      Leave it in your vehicle, or at your campground most of the time and you’ll be good

    • Andrew p says:

      You can carry a Bowie knife while hunting, fishing,camping but as long as you do not take your knife in any kind of building while doing any of those recreational activities

    • Caleb Elliott says:

      If your on privet property

    • drty_sauce512 says:


    • Guy with a knife says:

      You can because it’s a reasonable purpose. If you had if on you just because then it would be illegal.

    • PHILIP WOODS says:


    • You can carry it to your vehicle and back to the house. It must be kept in the vehicle if you are not hunting, camping or fishing at the time of carry.

    • Zero says:

      Through experience, when participating in outdoor events, typically a Bowie knife is allowed. I carry mine every time concealed yet visible and haven’t had a problem yet. But don’t quote me though.

  • Immatellnu says:

    We can carry a gun but not a Bowie knife? You can open carry an unloaded AR or an AK but not a Bowie? Ridiculous.

    • Pierce Getner says:

      if its unloaded its like carrying around a very long brick…. knives are dangerous until dulled.

    • lonesterstatist says:

      there are no requirements that long guns be unloaded while carried in texas. you may carry a long gun legally, loaded or not.
      however, you should expect to be harassed by local police if you carry it around public or public access areas.

    • Manofwar says:

      Its legal to carry a Bowie knife that means its allow

    • Justin says:

      You can carry a LOADED AR or AK legally in Texas, but not a Bowie knife. The knife made famous by a man that died at the Alamo.

    • Big W says:

      Completely agree brother

    • Luis says:

      LOADED AR-16, AK-47, etc.

    • J says:

      you can carry them loaded

    • Brent Mooney says:

      yea shoot someone with an unloaded gun thats why its legal

    • Anonymus says:

      Technically states and cities have no authority to restrict arms in any way. The U.S. Constitution says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infinged, PERIOD. Anything that hinders your ability to form a militia and maintain a free state is an infringement, and knives can be an effective type of arms in maintaning a free state.

      Before anybody claims that is federal law only I want to point out that it does not state or imply the restricton on just congress as the 1st Amendment does, and Article 6 Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution indicates if there is a conflict between a valid federal law (such as the 2nd Amendment) and a state law, then the tate law is not with standing.

    • Arctodus says:

      Bowie knives are legal to carry in Texas….
      This website is very outdated.

    • Bobby Morris jr says:

      I believe it stated you could carry a knife greater than the 5.5 inches as long as it wasnt on restricted property schools airports etc. . If your from Texas just think about Renn fest the folks attending & working walk around with swords . Just stay clear of the gov. Property

  • Raymund Meek says:

    Would this knife be illegal to carry lay on my person?

  • Raymund Meek says:

    Would this knife be illegal to carry?

  • Dixie Zapata says:

    What type of knife/sword etc… is a machete considered?

    • Matt King says:

      Illegal in Texas to carry, concealed or open, as its over 5 1/2 inches. Doesn’t matter after that.
      You can own it, and have it on your property or have it in transit from your car or boat to your house. Outside of that, big no no.

    • Julian says:

      Over 5 and 1/ 2 inches, no carrying. Only to be left in your vehicle

    • Pierce Getner says:

      either bowie or sword

    • Rury J says:

      I belive so

    • C. Singleton says:

      If you have an excuse to have it, it can be considered a tool. Just be careful. I got pulled over in my work Truck, and the officer said it’s fine considering it was in my tool box and such, but I was once pulled over in my personal truck and almost got an illegal weapons charge. They ended up confiscating it.

    • Dalton says:

      I think a machete is considered a machete. From what I’ve read, it never said anything about machetes, which I would think would be a legal loophole.

    • Travis Nerio-Fikac says:

      A machete is normally viewed by Texas law as a extended form of a Bowie Knife.

  • Michael Lake says:

    funny California is more lax on knives than Texas is

  • Tony Locricchio says:

    So I have a Bowie knife but the blade
    is only 5 inches long it’s still legal right

    • Matt King says:

      The current precedent on that is that a Bowie knife is normally over 5 1/2 inches. So it may not be considered a “Bowie knife” in description and only in name. Historically they are 7+ inches. So yours would just be a legal “fixed blade” .

    • Julian says:

      If it has a clip point you may want to consider carrying it, some people view it under restrictions.

    • N says:

      Not in Public

    • drty_sauce512 says:

      apparently its illegal to carry a bowie knife

    • Kyuta Syuko says:

      Bowie Knives are specifically listed as an illegal knife so it would be illegal regardless of length.

    • Matt says:

      Yes, as long as the blade is under the limit. Unless you get a LEO that wants to split hairs

    • carlos L valdez says:

      Tx law does forbid carrying a bowie knife, & it does not say it allows it to be carried if of legal blade length. I wouldn’t split hairs on this one. There’s plenty of legal length, non Bowie style blades out there that are very attractive, practical, & useful. Try looking at Schrade fixed blades. I own a schf31, & I love it! If you like more pricey, try Benchmade.

    • chris says:

      not to carry because its a bowie

    • Hojo says:

      No bowie knives carried. You can have it on your property only.

    • evan says:

      a Bowie knife is a blade over 6″, so your knife is not a Bowie knife

    • Anon says:

      Only if it’s on your property, a “property under your control”, or in a motor vehicle or to/from said vehicle.

      They cannot be legally carried in public, however. Shame, really.

    • Porfirio diaz jr says:

      Beginning sept 1, it will be legal to open carry a Bowie knife or a sword

  • adam1 Romero says:

    I’m 15 and my pocket knife’s blade is only 4 inches, is it okay to carry around?

  • adam1 Romero says:

    Can you carry a knife shorter than 5 1/2 inches if you’re a minor?

    • Dietnova says:

      You can carry a knife at any age, as long as it complies with the laws stated above.

    • Tereth says:

      Doubt it… I mean I’m a minor and a scout (in Texas) and our instructors tell us that the only time it is right for us to carry our knives is on campouts or other BSA events.

    • Anon says:

      There’s no laws regarding minors and knife possession according to this. That being said don’t get in trouble with it, being a minor could get you in legal trouble regarding other laws if you’re doing anything illegal with it.

  • adam1 Romero says:

    You can still own, carry, and take out a knife if it’s shorter than 5 1/2 inches right?!

    • Matt King says:

      Yes. Although if you are taking it out, it better be in defense or using it as a tool.
      Although it must be single edged.

    • Joseph Garcia says:


    • Pierce Getner says:


    • Rury J says:


    • DW says:

      As long as the blade is no longer than 51/2″ long.

    • DW says:

      As long as the blade is 51/2″ long. The knife can be larger or longer but the blade can’t exceed 51/2″ long

    • bILL says:

      as long as the “Blade” (Texas Appellate Court held that blade was defined in the dictionary as the cutting part of a knife, not the sharpened part. Therefore, the blade of a knife was the part of the knife from the handle to tip, and not just the sharpened portion.) IS LESS THAN 5 & 1/2 INCHES

    • Anon says:

      You can own and carry that knife in public, yes, if it’s not a throwing star/knife, dagger, sword, or bowie knife. As for drawing it that’s less of knife related laws and more into other laws. Like showing it off to a friend is ok, waving it around in a store however could lead to assault or brandishing charges. Be careful when/where you draw it in public. Way I look at it is I treat it like a firearm on when/where to show it off and when/where to keep it put away.

    • Christopher Yoder says:

      Check out TX HB 1935.

    • J says:

      This is massively out of date.
      As of 01SEP17, everything is legal. period. If you are under 18, sucks to be you. Thos who are over, anything under 5.5 inches is legal to carry everywhere within the state. Anything over, basically, follow the LTC restrictions. So, you can’t carry a sword into a school or bar, but you can carry one into a park or on school grounds but outside the building. Rule is by the blade, so a if you want to bring a 5ft spear with a 4inch blade into a courtroom, you are legal.

      There are more rules than what I listed, but generally, the above is accurate.

  • Ron Riley says:

    The definition of switchblade knife above includes knives opening by gravity, so why are gravity knives illegal. What am I not understanding. Thanks.

  • Ruben says:

    Complaining about tight knife laws does nothing, contact your representative about the issue, I did.

  • Danny Alejandro Perez says:

    -you cant carry a gravity knife around!
    but its spring assisted.
    -Oh… Then my bad, you’re good
    yayy 😀

    You can’t carry a throwing knife around!
    – But its a tacti-cool survival paracord handle knife
    Oh… My bad, you’re good
    – Yayy 😀

  • Louann Schildknecht says:

    actually in tx its not a chl any longer its now a LTC License to Carry

  • Fooser says:

    What is the point 🙂 ? In Texas you can legally open carry a loaded assault rifle or any long gun for that matter without needing any special license. Activist groups even walked in the state capital carrying these weapons to prove their point 🙂 ! They should cut out the knife restrictions. Government can get whacky at times. In Austin an adult can drive 70 miles per hour on a motorcycle without a helmet but if he gets on a bicycle he must wear a helmet. Stupid laws. http://www.texastribune.org/2015/01/13/gun-rights-activists-cause-stir-texas-capitol/

    • Ken says:

      No such thing as an assault rifle. The military uses the term to describe some of their weapons. An “assault rifle”, by military definition, is not available to the public.

    • Ken Williams says:

      No such thing as an assault rifle. That’s a term the military started to describe the rifles they carry. Still not an assault rifle, even if it’s military.

  • KyouandRyou Fujibayashi says:

    That is the perfect life goal carry 2 IMI Desert Eagles and go DeadPool…. makes amazing feel on person anywhere

  • jimcraft says:

    What about pocketknives that have knuckle guards?

  • Phil Birkelbach says:

    Where does the penal code describe “ILLEGAL & PROHIBITED?” All I’ve been able to find is 46.01 which defines “Illegal Knife” and 46.02 which prohibits carrying them. 46.15(b) makes 46.02 non-applicable to CHL holders that also have their handguns with them.

  • Antonio guerrero says:

    I think my knife is legal it 4 inch blade

  • Ken Knerr says:

    I notice they don’t talk about bayonets.

  • supergaryguy says:

    Okay, quick question i own a 13″ heavy blade full tang Bowie knife i frequently carry this knife on my hunting trips as it is shorter than a machete but has the weight to cut small tree limbs and brush as i need to. I know the law states that i am not allowed to open carry this knife. My question is am i allowed to carry this knife in the function of a tool while hunting?

    • Phil Birkelbach says:

      Section 46.15 subsection (b) lists several things that makes 46.02 not apply. One is having a CHL and your handgun on your person. Another is hunting, fishing etc. You should be good to go.

  • Noel says:

    Texas knife laws must be changed so we can carry our battle knives as well as our rifles and handguns openly.

  • Tanner says:

    What’s the age limit on carrying a concealed knife? I’m 18.

  • nico says:

    so, im confused. Is it illegal to own a blade(machete, knife, kukri, sword, ect.) over 5 inches or is it illegal to carry it publicly?

  • PerfectShot Will says:

    So unless I have my CHL then I could open carry and be able to conceal my bowie knife legally ?

  • William C. Weaver Jr. says:

    As of September 1st of 2015 a law was passed in the Texas State Legislature that state laws concerning knives supersede ALL laws of county and city or principality. San Antonio’s archaic weapons laws just became null and void. They can no longer pass any weapons laws which are more restrictive than State laws. Check it out.

  • Vinos Daniel says:

    so can i conceal carry an sog pentagon mini in texas

  • Christopher Doane says:

    And you just landed yourself in prison. Legal terms you were in fear of severe bodily harm and lawfully used your knife to stop the threat. You’re welcome.

  • Kevin says:

    What about Karambits?

  • SDJ says:

    Over 5 1/2 inch is the point of breaking the law

  • David William Reid says:

    So any knife worth a damn is illegal in TX,. so much for your right to bear arms.

    • Hunter says:

      You can own almost any knife you want, besides a gravity knife. You just can’t open/conceal carry. Hell, just keep the knife you’re not allowed to carry in your car.

    • David William Reid says:

      it just sucks to me that Texas says all the tie it prides itself on the right to bear arms, yet has the most restrictions on civil rights I have seen, 5 1/2″ blade length? Really? I mean I don’t want to carry around a machete unless I am bush whacking through forest. But do you know how hard it to find a good knife that is full tang with a blade 5 1/2″ of shorter? I do a lot of survival stuff and a knife that short is pretty much useless. I did find a knife set that I just got that was ok, but still not what I want to carry. Its a Shrade set of a full tang and a folding knife set: COM5CP High Carbon IS THE SET that included a Schrade – SCH002 – Folding knife with a 3 1/2″ blade and the Schrade – SCHF29 – Fixed Blade at 5″ blade that comes with the holder that carries both of them. They are pretty nice knives. Its kind of a heavy knife to use but still I would not want to try to bush whack with it too much here. Self defense? Mmm Maybe?

    • pleasentlysurprised says:

      Concealed Carry license makes you Immune to 46.02 as long as you are carrying your license and ccw i just keep reposting. can you believe it?!! funny thing is California allows to carry ANY blade openly. weeiirrdd.

    • happy hermity says:

      Same for Arizona.

    • pleasentlysurprised says:

      Concealed Carry license makes you Immune to 46.02 as long as you are carrying your license and ccw

  • Frank Langham says:

    Hatchets, Hand-Axes and Machetes are legitimate camp and yard tools and even a homeless vagabond, who owns no vehicle, should be allowed to carry such inside their pack. … If a tool has a legitimate peaceful use, such as an 8 inch Chef’s Knife or an 18″ Machete, then, ANY citizen should be allowed to have and carry that tool inside personal luggage, in a back-pack, on a motorcycle, etc. … Basically, guilt and threat are assumed in advance of any violent act. … This is PRE-CRIME and it is NOT CONSTITUTIONAL !!

    • pleasentlysurprised says:

      unless you have CHL!!!!!!!! THEN you can carry just about anything. penal code 46.15


      You just have to have your CHL license and also your handgun on you!!! Just found this out!!! CHL cop instructer either didn’t know this or failed to mention. I’m getting a bowie knife, samauri sword, expandable baton……I’m not sure about a battle axe, however but it doesn’t say you can’t!!!!!!! I would print out the penal code and put it in your wallet tho. ;-}

    • TheTruthHurts says:

      46.15 only seems to apply to peace officers, bailiffs, security, and the like.

    • TheTruthHurts says:

      …actually, that section goes on and says exactly what you said. Whoa.

    • MLS says:

      If you read section 46.15, it specifies that if you have an LTC/CHL, you may only be carrying a handgun.
      “(6) is carrying:

      (A) a license issued under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code, to carry a handgun; and

      (B) a handgun:

      (i) in a concealed manner; or

      (ii) in a shoulder or belt holster;”

    • TheTruthHurts says:

      “(b) Section 46.02 does not apply to a person who…” It doesn’t say I can only carry a handgun. It says 46.02 doesn’t apply if I’m legally carrying.

    • TexaBama says:

      CHL has nothing to do with blades.

  • pjamese3 says:

    I don’t see a karambit listed among the illegal weapons (or weapons you can’t carry.) Since it’s not a stabbing weapon, is a karambit legal to carry concealed? The blade’s only about 3 1/2 inches.

  • Kamron Coy Fultz says:

    Concealed Carry license makes you Immune to 46.02 as long as you are carrying your license and ccw..

    • Vinos Daniel says:

      the CCW permit allows you to carry firearms, but not knives

    • Kamron Coy Fultz says:

      Uh yes sir it does.

      PC 46.15. NON-APPLICABILITY. (b) Section 46.02 does not apply to a person who:
      (6) is carrying a concealed handgun and a valid license issued under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code, to carry a concealed handgun

      There for granting Immunity to 46.02 as long as the person is carrying their handgun and their license.
      I can go into more story time reading if you would like or you could read it yourself.


    • Brian says:

      Kamron, save yourself a lot of headache and trouble and have this conversation with your attorney.

    • Kamron Coy Fultz says:

      Are you still arguing this point??? There it is, Written in the state law. allow me to drive it home for you. I am a cc holder, and I have discussed this with my attorney. Guess what? He showed me the same thing I just Posted! Concealed Carry license makes you Immune to 46.02 as long as you are carrying your license and concealed handgun. <— Educated, proven, and legally binding fact.

    • George says:

      That was my understanding, too. It’s what the law says, so I’m not sure how it can be misinterpreted. It’s pretty plainly written.

    • pleasentlysurprised says:

      hey everyone. he’s right. get a chl and carry a dang lance!!!

    • pleasentlysurprised says:

      you are so awesome for knowing this and sharing. time to finally start carrying some freaking ninja stars boooyyyeeeeee!!!!!!

    • Kamron Coy Fultz says:

      Sucks to be that L.E.O..

  • Kody Ngo says:

    What is the age to purchase a Poket Knife (Switch Blade) I am 16 1/2 and wanted to know can I buy one

    • moses trujillo (trick shots) says:

      I don’t know the answer to your question, but anyone over 6 shouldn’t say, “and a half”, after stating there age.

    • pleasentlysurprised says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA SO TRUE OH WOWEEE THATS shome sheriously funny shtuff

  • Anthony says:

    Carry restrictions do not apply to a persons own vehicle or a vehicle that is under their control, as long as the weapon is being carried for a lawful purpose.

  • Mark McCormack says:

    Its illegal to carry a Bowie in Texas… oh, the sad, sad irony.

    • CHERRY says:

      Texas Knife Laws
      Texas knife laws are mostly found in the Courts decisions, or case law, as the statutes are short and do not provide much information about what any of the terms mean. This article summarizes the case law and the statutes so that anyone can understand what is legal and what is not when it comes to owning and carrying knives in the state of Texas.
      What is Legal to Own
      It is legal to own throwing stars or any type of throwing knife
      It is legal to own dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives
      It is legal to own a bowie knife
      It is legal to own a sword or spear
      It is legal to own a switchblade knife
      It is legal to own a pocketknife
      It is legal to own a Balisong, or butterfly knife

    • Mark McCormack says:

      Right, legal to own, illegal to carry.

    • Ace Vene says:

      46.02. Unlawful Carrying Weapons

      (a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on

      or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not:

      (1) on the persons own premises or premises under the persons control; or

      (2) inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the persons control.

      46.01. Definitions

      In this chapter:

      ..(6) Illegal knife means a:

      (A) knife with a blade over five and one-half inches;

      (B) hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown;

      (C) dagger, including but not limited to a dirk, stiletto, and poniard;

      (D) bowie knife;

      (E) sword; or

      (F) spear.

      (7) Knife means any bladed hand instrument that is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person with the instrument

      basically if it counts as an illegal knife you cant carry it unless its in your home or in your vehicle/going towads your vehicle, also handguns and clubs apply this as well. in the article it defines an illegal knife that you cant carry, so as long as the blade is within those parameters your should be fine (Ex: A butterfly knife can be carried as long as its not a double edged dagger or longer than 5 1/2 inches or designed to be thrown) might still want to check in with local authorities (local laws vary) and have the laws at hand just in case. might be wrong

    • pleasentlysurprised says:

      If you have a CHL, these are aallllllllll LEGAL!!!!!!!

    • Mark McCormack says:

      I’m not sure how copying and pasting the article into the comments is helpful.

    • pleasentlysurprised says:

      not with a CHL. THAT ALLOWS YOU TO CARRY ANYTHING but maybe not a gravity knife. what’s the deal with gravity knives? who wants one of those? why are they illegal?

    • Baker3311 says:

      As of September 1st of 2015 a law was passed in the Texas State Legislature that state laws concerning knives supersede ALL laws of county and city or principality. San Antonio’s archaic weapons laws just became null and void. They can no longer pass any weapons laws which are more restrictive than State laws. Check it out.

  • peat says:

    HI I have a question. Is it legal for me to carry my foot long K-Bar in my truck. I had someone tell me that in their conceal carry class it was said that it is illegal to have anything over 5.5″ in your car or on your person. If any of you know Texas state law or could tell me how to find it I would be greatfull.

  • Johnie Riddle says:

    I carry a open blade knife everywhere I go.with it in the same sheath is also a locking type folding knife.san antonio laws confuse me couse they say I can’t carry eather one.now I was at denny’s a police officer asked if he could see my knifes I did so.he and his partner both said they liked my knives handed them back.i don’t git it . confusing

  • mike says:

    What about kitchen knives?

    • Mark McCormack says:

      Gray area. Lawful use, sure, but if you’re carrying a kitchen knife on your belt and not wearing a chef outfit it looks highly suspect. Keep it in your mess kit and it’s probably ok. In any case I suggest consulting with your local Sheriff’s office if you plan on carrying one around.

  • Rafael says:

    So can I legally carry a balisong (butterfly knife) either concealed or open carry in Texas? Or is it illegal to carry period?

    • Kitty says:


    • David Callaway says:

      There is literally a section titled “butterfly knives” that explicitly states that they are now legal. Presumably only the length restriction applies.
      “Butterfly Knife
      In 2005, in an unpublished decision, the Texas Court of Appeals found, in Cook v. State, that a butterfly knife fell within the statutory definition of a switchblade, and was therefore illegal to possess or carry. However, because the law which made switchblade knives illegal was repealed in 2013, BUTTERFLY KNIVES ARE NOW LEGAL TO OWN IN TEXAS” … unless I’m missing something else.

    • osiel says:

      It’s legal to own it. But it’s illegal to carry/take it to places you don’t own or control

    • pleasentlysurprised says:

      wrong!!!!! legal to carry. says so at the top of this very page!!!!!!!

  • bradlee says:

    this is stupid. you can carry a gun but not a knife or sword.

    • Adrian Rodolfo Vazquez says:

      yeah I agree with you because its stupid that you can own them but you can’t carry them with because I carry my knife for self defense……then why the hell do they let us own them? like wtf

    • Levi R. Weiland says:

      A knife for self defense is almost always a horrible idea. Unless you are trained with a karambit, most knives are useless unless they also have a knife. Who robs someone with a knife you ask? No one.

    • Ben Goodwin says:

      it doesn’t matter if it is a horrible idea or not. if i feel more safe carrying a sword, spear, ax, or numerous knives, then why should i be able to. most people who carry around a pistol aren’t trained in them. they only think that having one should at least scare the robbers away. and FYI, there are more stabbings than shootings because knives are easier to get than guns, so apparently a lot of people try to rob with knives rather than guns.

    • Levi R. Weiland says:

      Show me a shred of evidence that proves what you just said. A karambit is a fighting knife for martial arts. A pistol does not really require training. If we let people do whatever they wanted to because it made them feel safe, by that standard many people would have mounted weapons on their vehicals. This Isnt mad Max, and it’s not Rambo. This is the real world, as sad as it is we have to deal with that fact.

    • Ben Goodwin says:

      listen bro, if you have ever shot a gun before, which im assuming you have then you know dang well that you need about as much training to use one as you do to use a longbow, point and shoot. you probably need more training in the maintenance of the weapon than actually using the weapon. as far as doing whatever you want. i dont see anywhere in my previous comment that says anything about doing what you want unless you are talking about me feeling more safe with a knife than a gun. if that is the case, then i can see what you are coming from, but we are just talking about melee weapons and ranged weapons, not siege weapons are military grade weapons which should be left to the military. and dont even start with that whole real world bull. the world can be changed as it has been numerous times in the past, that realization you are talking about is just giving up because you are tired of trying. if that is the case then i see no reason for our convo to continue. i eagerly await the next person who wishes to debate.

    • TexaBama says:

      Any knife can be used as a fighting knife – who cares if it’s a karambit or not???

    • TexaBama says:

      Where you get this from?? Plenty of people are robbed/assaulted at knife point.

    • Juan Cedillo says:

      I carry a knive….well I always have a variety of knives at hand and I’d go for it a hell of a lot quicker than I would the 38 I got

    • Racist McShootFace Knows Best says:

      I’ve had friends robbed with a knife.

    • Racist McShootFace Knows Best says:

      I guess they think that if you have a Bowie knife you should just frame it above your fireplace.

      This state was settled by people carrying Bowie knives. I wonder if the dadgumb Texas legislature understands that.

    • pleasentlysurprised says:

      unless you have CHL!!!!!!!! THEN you can carry just about anything. penal code 46.15
      You just have to have your CHL license and also your handgun on you!!! Just found this out!!! CHL cop instructor either didn’t know this or failed to mention.I’m not sure about a battle axe, however but it doesn’t say you can’t!!!!!!! I would print out the penal code and put it in your wallet tho. ;-}

    • Call me stupid if you want to but what exactly is CHL?

    • nick says:

      concealed handgun license

    • Not so sure says:

      It seems to me that TX P.C. 46.15 is providing exemptions rather than permission. It really doesn’t apply only to CHLs. A CHL is for handguns as oppose to a “concealed carry deadly weapons” permit, like in KY.

    • Curt Miles says:

      CHL does not apply to any weapon but a handgun

    • william says:

      Thank God someone logical

    • william says:

      Yes. Because a gun is in our legal rights, 2nd amendment

  • Fontknow says:

    As far as throwing stars are concerned it is legal to OWN one, however it is illegal to CARRY one. I’m just glad butterfly knives are back on the menu.

    • pleasentlysurprised says:

      NINJA STARS ARE GOOD TO GO IF YOU HAVE A CHL……….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as are any blade. boom.

  • Pat McCrotch says:

    Considering that it is theoretically possible to throw any knife, wouldn’t that make all knives illegal to carry?

    • osiel says:

      It is possible to throw any knife but a throwing knife is only a knife that is more specifically designed to be thrown unlike other knifes that aren’t meant to be thrown.

  • Wayne says:

    Anthony/Will/Anyone else – Blade length and sharpened edges, not overall length, is what matters per Texas law, as of today.

    ANY single-edge knife with a BLADE length of 5.5″ or less is legal to carry, openly or concealed, in Texas.

    As of 01 Sept 2013, switchblades, balisongs and gravity knives became legal to carry in Texas, as long as they meet the other criteria for being legal to carry – 5.5″ max BLADE length AND SINGLE edge.

    No where in the Texas Penal Code is a “gravity knife” specifically prohibited to be owned. The only place in the Texas Penal Code that the words “gravity” and “knife” appear in the same place is in the definition of a switchblade knife and even then they were not prohibited from ownership, just public carry.

  • Will says:

    Last that I heard, it is legal to openly carry a fixed blade knife with a blade length of less than six inches. I shall, and should recommend that we all check for any/all law changes since Perry has been in-house for such a long time. I have a good friend, looks like an old time mountain man, carries a knife within a sheath on his belt, less than six inches blade, everywhere that he goes daily. Never been messed with. This entire restrictiveness disgusts me. Texas! My home state, but talk about paranoid.

    • Martin Cohn says:

      The limit is 5.5″

    • pleasentlysurprised says:

      unless you have CHL!!!!!!!! THEN you can carry just about anything. penal code 46.15
      You just have to have your CHL license and also your handgun on you!!! Just found this out!!! CHL cop instructer either didn’t know this or failed to mention. I’m getting a bowie knife, samauri sword, expandable baton……I’m not sure about a battle axe, however but it doesn’t say you can’t!!!!!!! I would print out the penal code and put it in your wallet tho. ;-}

  • Anthony says:

    So in texas is it illegal to carry a fixed blade with a blade length of 4″ and a total length of 10″ and an e.d.c.?

    • Ray S says:

      It’s legal. Your knife may measure a total of 10″ but as long as the blade is less than 5 1/2″ you’re good to go.

  • Skyler says:

    Armendariz v. State, 396 S.W.2d 132 (Tex. Crim. App. 1965) says that a dagger is a knife sharpened on both sides, and daggers are illegal.

  • Slashy McStabby says:

    Single edged blade of 5.5 inches or less is legal to carry, folding or not. New changes in laws on automatics, so check if carrying those.

  • fled says:

    Up to a five and a half inch fixed blade knife is legal to carry in texas. Switchblade laws and gravity knife laws are simply playing on stupid semantics. I was carjacked by a guy with a commercial steak knife once. Plastic handle pointed serrated blade about $5 for a pack of 10. Beaurocrats are pure ignoramus’.

    • Racist McShootFace Knows Best says:

      Yeah, 5.5 inch blades are safe, but they become dangerous once they become longer than that.

      Politicians are dumb.

  • Craig says:

    Is it illegal to open Cary affixed blade Survival knife
    With a 5 1/2 in blade

    • Ray S says:

      It’s legal. The blade meets the 5 1/2″ restriction.

    • David William Reid says:

      Ray does this also account for full tang knives as long as the blade is under 5.5″?

    • Ray S says:

      It should. The tang is not measured as part of the blade. Most tangs go into the handle. Blade is usually measured from the tip of the blade to where it meets the handle or bolster.

  • Craig says:

    So any fixed blade hunting knife is a Bowie?

    • Martin Cohn says:

      There is no “legal” definition of a Bowie knife in Texas law. What gets you in trouble is that the traditional Bowie has a second sharpened blade. Keep the top end of the blade dull (false edge) and you are carrying a clip point knife. Keep blade under 5.5″ and you are good to go.

    • Richard Teran, San Antonio, TX says:

      I always thought the Bowie knife was a knife with the stabbing guard – a plate or cover at the base, so when you stab someone, your hand can not slide past the handle, onto the blade.

  • Manny Omega says:

    Texas Switchblade laws have changed – Effective SEPTEMBER 1, 2013! Check the Texas.gov website for legal description(s) on carrying — I do not want to errantly tell you what the new laws are. Certain Texas city/municipalities – like San Antonio, still outlaw them. Beware local jurisdictions! You could, in Texas, always OWN/COLLECT switchblades & OTF’s (Out The Front) knives. You just cound not carry them!

  • Donna says:

    There have been changes in the laws as of September 1, 2013 concerning switchblades. Please check your information.

  • chris armstrong says:

    The thing to remember in Texas is that state law does not overrule local laws where knives are concerned. Your legal knife can become illegal by simply crossing a city or county boundary.

    • Martin Cohn says:

      After Sept 1 2015 Texas knife preemption goes into effect. Local ordinances can go pound sand after that. Suck it San Antonio!

  • Key says:

    In reading the article on Texas knife laws, it states that it is “Illegal to Own” a switchblade, among a few other knife types. Later, state law (Section 46.02 Unlawful Carrying Weapons) is quoted that possibly is the genesis of this statement. I’ve read this law myself and want to point out that it doesn’t state that a switchblade (and other cited knife types) are illegal to “own”, rather it states that they are illegal to “carry”. I think that is an important distinction and while there may be another law that declares a switchblade illegal to own, I don’t believe the cited law states that.

  • Michael Penson says:

    Heller. The right of self-defense is a Right since the cave man days and a rock v. spear.
    recklessly is the key word. Castle Doctrine is in effect. In the words of King Leonidas, “Molon Labe.”

  • hillbillysurvival says:

    Texas law changes on September 1st. A lot of those definitions change. Also switchblades etc. will be legal. Can’t find link but law just signed by Governor Perry in the last month.

  • Robert DeBeaux says:

    So simple, why then does the article at the top state that throwing stars are LEGAL, then in the Albert Vs. Texas states they are ILLEGAL. Plus it goes on to elaborate why throwing stars are illegal in carry, or conceal.
    Simple is not here.

  • Malcolm Werner says:

    It is sad to think that Jim Bowie was in possession of an illegal knife. Sounds like the Court might have sided with Santa Ana.

    • Elihu says:

      Would a karambit knife be legal to conceal carry? My karambit only has a single ring at the bottom.
      Awaiting response…

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