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 Visiting Toronto - what blades can I carry?
sic_ness  [Member]
3/30/2009 6:18:46 PM EST
I'm making a trip to Toronto soon, and I would like to know what type of knife I'm allowed.
I usually carry a CRKT assisted-opener with a 3.75" (9.5cm) blade, but I doubt that's allowed.

Any advice, Canadian brothers?
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TheCanuck  [Team Member]
3/30/2009 10:53:46 PM EST
Nothing assisted, and keep the blade lenght under 4 inches and you should be good to go. If someone asks, it's a utility knife.
fishy0689  [Team Member]
4/4/2009 8:04:37 AM EST
There is no law stating what blade length must be, is there?
And yes, we cannot carry for self defense, therefore its a utility knife
TheCanuck  [Team Member]
4/4/2009 8:10:23 AM EST
Originally Posted By fishy0689:
There is no law stating what blade length must be, is there?
And yes, we cannot carry for self defense, therefore its a utility knife


No, but if it's a bit smaller, you're much less likely to get harassed for carrying a concealed weapon.
Striker  [Site Staff]
4/6/2009 4:40:35 PM EST

Originally Posted By sic_ness:
I'm making a trip to Toronto soon, and I would like to know what type of knife I'm allowed.
I usually carry a CRKT assisted-opener with a 3.75" (9.5cm) blade, but I doubt that's allowed.

Any advice, Canadian brothers?
I carried a full size CRKT m16 for years but it was just a bit to big for daily carry.
I have an m16-12z that I carry now.

maleante  [Member]
6/20/2009 11:56:50 AM EST
Originally Posted By TheCanuck:
Nothing assisted, and keep the blade lenght under 4 inches and you should be good to go. If someone asks, it's a utility knife.


Thats odd... I brought my Buck rush290 assisted-open to a kitchen/knife shop at the Guilford mall in BC, the guy sharpening it seemed very familiar with it, knew it by name, never said a word about assisted-open... does that mean that there are a lot of knives in Canada that shouldn't be there????
TheCanuck  [Team Member]
6/20/2009 9:16:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By maleante:
Originally Posted By TheCanuck:
Nothing assisted, and keep the blade lenght under 4 inches and you should be good to go. If someone asks, it's a utility knife.


Thats odd... I brought my Buck rush290 assisted-open to a kitchen/knife shop at the Guilford mall in BC, the guy sharpening it seemed very familiar with it, knew it by name, never said a word about assisted-open... does that mean that there are a lot of knives in Canada that shouldn't be there????


Alot of guns too
v65magnafan  [Member]
6/22/2009 5:24:17 AM EST
Guys, I carry an Endura every day in Toronto and environs.

The clip is visible. Therefore, I am not carrying a concealed weapon.

If a police officer should ask why I am carrying it, I would tell him that it's for cigars, fruit, opening packages, gardening. This is the truth. If I tell him that it's for self defense, I would probably be arrested.

Read this:

As of right now the main restrictions on the types of knives in Canada are listed in Section III of Bill C68

"prohibited weapon" means

(a) a knife that has a blade that opens automatically by gravity or centrifugal force or by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in or attached to the handle of the knife
This bans switchblades and knives that you can flip open ie. swinging/snapping the knife in a circular motion.

Note one handed opening via holes in the blade, disks, studs etc., are not illegal.

There are no federal laws about about the lengths of knives allowed. As far as I know, no provinces have specific legislation about knife lengths either. However there are many informal "blade length rules" in Canada. These vary from 3" to 4" for folders in various areas around the country depending on what differentiates a pocket knife from a fighting knife to the local constabulary.

One other important bit of information is that there are no federal laws about knife materials, this means that non-magnetic knives are legal for possession and carry. As well there are no formal laws on serrations, or dual edged blades, however these are much more likely to catch the attention of a police officer, or security say at an airport.

Besides the restrictions on opening mechanism there are two additional policies you need to be aware of. The first is concealment, technically its not allowed at all, even a SAK can get you in trouble, ie.


If a police officer asks you why you are carrying that knife, don't say "Self-defense" or any variation thereof. You have just committed a crime.


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