Knife Laws in Canada?

In Canada there is no law banning the carrying in public knives with sheaths, knives that take both hands to open and any knife with a fixed blade are legal in Canada and certain non-prohibited folding knives. Knives only become the law’s concern in Canada after being used to threaten, injure or for the purpose of committing a criminal offence.

Moreover, in Canada every Provinces and Territories, municipality, city, police, and court of justice may have different perspective and views of looking at this subject. However, no one is above the law and we all have to follow what the Canadian law says. So let’s look at what CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY says  Canadian Criminal CodeSection 84

What Size Knife is Legal or illegal in Canada? 
Under the Criminal Code of Canada there is no blade size restrictions. The knife you carry has to be visible and CANNOT be concealed. And must be used as a tool for example; wood carving, opening boxes, demolition in construction, hunting when doing field dressing, camping etc. Any concealed knife consider as a weapon and it can be charged criminally under the Criminal Code for carrying a prohibited weapon.

What Knives are illegal in Canada?
The knives that are illegal to import and posses are butterfly knives, centrifugal force knives such as flick knives, or by hand pressure applied to a button, push daggers, brass knuckles, automatic knives such as switchblades, gravity knives, belt buckle knife. All of these items above are prohibited and is considered illegal under the Canadian law. 

What Knives are legal in Canada for self-defence? 
In Canada it’s illegal to carry any Damascus Steel knife for the purpose of self-defence.

Can you bring knives across the US-Canada border? 
If your flying via Airline. They may allow you to travel with legal knives or swords if they are properly packed in locked luggage that is checked for loading in the cargo department. However, you CANNOT travel with knives of any type or length in your Carry-On on flight to US. For more information please contact the airline you intend to travel with and find out their ruling and regulations in regards to carrying knives on flight.

If your travelling by road. It is not always illegal to bring a knife or a firearm into Canada via US-Canada border. However, the rules and requirements surrounding bringing a knife into Canada are very strict - if you do not follow them or declare a knife or other weapon properly, you could be arrested or denied entry into Canada

Certain types of knives are not allowed to enter Canada, including all illegal knives we mentioned above. In other words, knives which have the blade easily concealed or spring loaded will not be allowed into Canada. However, it is likely that you may be able to come into Canada with a knife if you have a reasonable and legitimate explanation for bringing the knife into Canada, such as chef’s knife, hunting or fishing trip, outdoor camping, antique knives or decorative swords. Regardless, always answer the border agent’s questions truthfully when coming to Canada and declare anything you aren’t sure about. After all, it is up to the border agent who is processing you through customs to determine whether or not you can across the border with the knife.

How Old Do You Have To Be To Buy A Knife In Canada?

There is no age restrictions in Canada. Many retailers have over the age of 18+ policy. Our Grizzly Blades store policy is ‘Each customer must verify that he or she is legally over the age of 18 as they are held responsible for any purchase and/or use of our knife products, our products are intended for legal use only by responsible buyers. We (the seller) are not accountable of any misuse of any misuse of the items sold. 

Do You Need ID To Buy A Knife In Canada? 

There are no laws governing the sale of knives in Canada. There is also no criminal background check, licensing process or any other examination required to purchase a knife.