Delaware Knife Laws


For a state that prides itself on the defense of liberty, decorating its seal with militiamen, and whose state motto is “liberty and independence”, it sure isn’t the most knife-friendly state.  Strange, as I consider knives to fall under the Second Amendment and as being a right that’s in dire need of defense.

Anyway, there are a good number of knives that are illegal to own, including switchblades, gravity knives, throwing stars, knuckle knives, and knives that don’t set off metal detectors.

Delaware considers anything other than an ‘ordinary’ pocket knife to be illegal to carry without a license.  How do they define that?  A folding knife with a blade no longer than 3″ is considered a pocket knife.

Luckily, this doesn’t mean that only pocket knives are legal.  All it means is that, unless your knife is specifically forbidden, you need a license to carry it concealed.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in Delaware?

There are many knives that are legal in Delaware, although most cannot be concealed carried without a license.  These include:

  • Balisong knives
  • Disguised knives
  • Throwing knives
  • Bowie knives
  • Dirks, daggers, and stilettos

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in Delaware?

  • Knuckle knives are illegal
  • Switchblades and gravity knives are illegal
  • Knives that evade metal detectors are illegal
  • Throwing stars are illegal
  • You cannot bring knives onto school property
  • You cannot conceal carry anything with a blade longer than 3″ without a license to do so

Relevant Statutes

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