Canadian knife law
Are Switchblades Illegal in Canada ? YES !
Are Assisted Opening Knives Illegal in Canada ? NO and YES ! See explaination here
Knives that open by Centrifugal force are ILLEGAL in Canada.
However, Folding Knives that Open with a Flick of the Wrist Legal are LEGAL in Canada ! See the Proof here
Are Karambit knives legal in Canada? Yes they are I will explain here
We don't sell butterfly knives, balisong knives, switch blades, brass knuckles or push knives as they are illegal to sell or possess in Canada.
All items sold by Knifezone are legal and have already been inspected and cleared by Canada Customs.
Please read page 11 of official Canada Customs document D19-13-2-e.pdf.
The following is a small excerpt from this document.
(a) Automatic knife (switchblade) An automatic
knife that houses a blade that will open automatically
by hand pressure applied to a lever or button in or
attached to the handle (but not on the blade) of the
knife. The blade is released by pressure on the lever or
button, and opens with the assistance of an internal
spring or mechanism.
(b) Centrifugal knife (folding knife, butterfly knife,
balisong knife) A centrifugal knife is one that opens
automatically through the use of centrifugal force.
Centrifugal force may be defined as a force, arising
from the body's inertia, which appears to act on a body
moving in a circular path and is directed away from the
centre around which the body is moving. That is,
centrifugal force is established when the blade of the
knife may be opened with the flick of the wrist. Note
that extra manipulation and a requirement for some skill to
release the blade do not prevent a knife from being a
prohibited weapon. A balisong or butterfly knife is a
form of centrifugal knife with two handles that counter-
rotate around the blade such that, when closed, the
blade is concealed within grooves in the handles.
(c) Gravity knife A gravity knife is a folding knife
which may be opened automatically by force of gravity.
The knife may be additionally controlled by a lever or
button, but typically, applying pressure to such a device
and pointing the knife downward will result in the
knifes blade releasing and locking into place.
Knife that are NOT consider ILLEGAL are:
23. Torsion bar assisted-opening knives (folding knife,
speed-safe knife, spring-assisted knife) Folding knives
that use an internal torsion bar to assist in opening them
with one hand. The heart of this opening system is the
torsion bar in the handle of the knife. In order to open the
knife, the user must apply manual pressure to a thumb stud
or other protrusion on the blade, thereby overcoming the
resistance of the torsion bar. After the blade is moved
partially out of the handle by this manual pressure, the
torsion bar takes over.
Illegal knives will be seized at the border. These are prohibited weapons.
There are no permits a Canadian can get, no legal excuse
to have one and as far as legal penalties they are in the same category in Canada as a machine gun.