Monday, 16 February 2015

Are knives legal in India?

There is always a general query among the knife enthusiasts in India that what types of knives are legal in India and what are illegal. They are mostly confused before opting for buy knives online in India. The main reason behind this confusion is that the weapons laws in the states of India are not clearly known to them. 
Kartar Knife India
Kartar Knife

The question arises that who is going to decide whether a knife should be under illegal or illegal category.  How can a person know that the knife which he/she is buying gets into which category (illegal or illegal).
Black Beauty Folding Knife

The current scenario for the legality of knives in India is that:
·         It is illegal to carry spring actuated knives
·         It is illegal to carry Button actuated knives
·         It is illegal to carry knives of more than the specified length (perhaps 9 inches)or breadth (2 inches).

If you are found in possession of one or take it out (technically ready to use) You are guilty of a non-bailable offense under the Arms act-1959. What happens on the spot, I will not be able to foresee. As long as you have a utility knife on you, shouldn’t be a problem. I often carry a Swiss army knife myself on outstation trips in India.
MTech Future Talon Red Karambit Knife

Knives are generally meant for knife enthusiasts who want to show their love for knives, law enforcement, self defense, etc. There are people in India who might be fond of these scary knives and want to buy them as well, but they are not sure that whether these will be permitted to carry all day around and it will be legal or illegal in the sight of the India’s weapons laws.
Tac Force Claw Karambit Knife

According to my knowledge about the weapons laws in India, it’s legal to carry a knife below 9 inches in length or 2 inch in width. But there are laws abide on some knives that they are not allowed to be taken with you at certain places like inside theatres, airports, metro stations, etc. Except to the laws of the Indian states, there are rules and regulations imposed by individuals in their authorized properties like restaurants, hotels and other public places.
USMC Battalion Master Pocket Knife

The knife which looks to be fine for one might look scary to the other. Their various knife online stores which are selling knives as well with a warning that you should buy them according to the laws of your states. They are also not sure about the arms law of the state where you live.

At the end of this whole discussion, I personally believe that the legality or illegality of scary knives in India is a topic of great concern and it needs the higher authority to clarifies the arms laws, so that no innocent person gets behind the bars because of it.

I will highly appreciate any comments from any of you or some key points I might be missing for the above discussed topic.


  1. As far as I know it is illegal to carry a prohibited weapon in India, and a prohibited bladed/edged weapon is defined as anything with a blade (sharp edge) longer than 9 inches and wider than 2 inches (These would be considered swords)
    It therefore stands to reason than any knife shorter than 9 inches and narrower than 2 inches would be legal carry anywhere that does not SPECIFICALLY ask you not to carry (airports/metros/etc)
    Then again, use of a knife in self defense is gray if anything. The word "Criminal Intent" comes to mind.
    But either ways, if youre in a dark place, alone and get attacked, by all means use that knife. Your life is more important than possible legal action.
    I carry a 3" fixed blade btw