What Is the Legal Length of a Pocket Knife?


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In most states, the legal length for a pocket knife is less than 3 inches, generally 2 1/2 inches. Laws regarding knives vary depending on the state; however, longer knives are legal in all states as long as the knife is noticeably intended for utility use.

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Carrying certain knives, such as switchblades and butterfly knives, is illegal, as these knives are considered concealed weapons. These types of knives have a blade noticeably longer than 3.5 inches. There are also specific places where carrying a knife is prohibited, such as inside courthouses, schools, planes and federal buildings. When considering carrying a pocket knife, it is best to research the laws for the applicable state.

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