Knife laws in Canada are somewhat ambiguous and depend on interpretation.

There is no specific length restriction on carrying knives within the Criminal Code of Canada. However, the code does prohibit carrying a knife if it’s considered a prohibited weapon, like automatic knives (switchblades), centrifugal knives (like butterfly knives), and gravity knives.

As for everyday carry (EDC) knives, it largely depends on the context in which it’s used or the intent of the carrier. If a knife is used for a lawful purpose such as a tool or for work, it’s typically legal. However, if you’re found carrying a knife and the authorities believe you intend to use it for harmful or illegal purposes, you could potentially be charged with a crime, regardless of the type of knife.

Here are some types of knives which are typically legal to carry in Canada:

  • Folding knives: Folding knives, where the blade folds into the handle, are generally legal. This includes pocket knives. The knife cannot open by gravity or centrifugal force for it to be legal.
  • Fixed blade knives: Fixed blade knives are generally legal as long as they are openly worn and not concealed.
  • Multi-tools: Multi-tools, such as Swiss Army knives, are typically legal as they are often used for legitimate purposes like camping or work.
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Please note that this is a general interpretation of Canadian knife laws and that local laws can also apply. Always ensure to comply with the law and use knives responsibly.

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