Michigan Knife Laws


Though not as bad as Massachusetts, Michigan is strict on the concealed carrying of certain knives.  That being said, you can own any knife you want and can openly carry most of them.  You cannot conceal-carry daggers, stilettos, dirks, or other knives that count as double-bladed stabbing tools.  You also cannot carry, open or otherwise, automatic OTF (out-the-front) knives.

As of 2015, you can carry other automatic knives so long as they aren’t OTF.  However, check your local laws as different cities may have different ordinances.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in Michigan?

All knives are legal to own in Michigan, even if you can’t actually carry them.  This includes:

  • Balisongs
  • Switchblades
  • Bowie knives
  • Throwing knives
  • Dirks
  • Daggers
  • Stilettos
  • Multi-tool knives
  • Disguised knives
  • Many more

While there are some restrictions on the carrying of knives, there some you can carry.

  • You can carry all knives other than daggers, dirks, stilettos, or other double-edged stabbing items openly
  • You conceal-carry hunting knives

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in Michigan?

You can own any kind of knife in Michigan, but the carrying of said knives is somewhat restricted.

  • You cannot conceal and carry daggers, dirks, stilettos, or other double-edged stabbing knives
  • You cannot carry any automatic OTF knife
  • You cannot carry a knife with the intent to harm
  • You cannot bring your knife to school

Be sure to check your local laws, too!

Relevant Statutes

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