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Old January 19th, 2009, 07:46 AM
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Question Legal knife size & type limits - PA

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What are the legal limts for knife size - carry in PA?

Is there a lenght limit?
Is there a law against an assisted open knife - like a Smith & Wesson S.W.A.T. knife?

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Pennsylvania's laws on knives are simple: No switchblades.

Title 18, Section 908 (Prohibited Offensive Weapons) is the only law covering such (see http://www.thehighroad.org/library/b...knifelaws.html).

Open carry? Okay. Concealed carry? Okay. Blade length? Unlimited. Assisted open (not spring-actuated open)? Okay.

So-called "butterfly" knives? Okay. Japanese katana? Okay. Pirate cutlass? Okay.

No switchblades ("one click, that quick").
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Thanks for the reply
The knife I am really questioning is the Spring actuated type open by Smith & Wesson. (It is a 1 click that quick type of knife.) The blade is less than 4 inches.
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Does it open with the push of a button? If not, you're okay.

Pennsylvania law mentions absolutely nothing regarding blade length.

Municipalities, however, might have something to say on the subject - there is no preemption law concerning such.
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YES...It open w/ the push of a button......
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Open with a button click? Not legal for non-emergency service personnel. Read Section 908. Interpret it as you will. I can't interpret if for you 'cause I'm not a lawyer (they've got a monopoly on that business).
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Default Re: Legal knife size & type limits - PA

so from what I gather, you can carry anything from a pocket knife on up to a full sized claymore. you just have to check for local ordinances.
i wonder if there is any case law in PA about someone getting harassed or arrested illegally for carrying a long blade.

The old guy I work with said about 20 years ago he worked with a guy out here in monroe county that carried a saber with him everywhere he went.
he said the police never bothered him..
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Default Re: Legal knife size & type limits - PA

I wonder what the take is on something like the Buck Rush. It has a small piece the sticks out on the bottom strap and it's spring assisted. Does have a safety to help it from accidentally opening. It's not a button per say.
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Default Re: Legal knife size & type limits - PA

IANAL

However, what Ive seen be the dividing line between spring assist and full on switch blade/gravity is that as long as you must push/pull some part of the blade itself, its not a switch. This clears knives like the Buck Rush and similar, because you still have to manually move the blade a few degrees before the spring will take over. IANAL, and I cant cite sources ATM, but that is what I recall.
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