Ohio Knife Laws

Summary

Ohio has become one of the more knife-friendly states, especially after the concealed-carry restrictions were lifted in 2021.  You can own any knife other than a ballistic knife, but that’s the most illegal knife in America to begin with, and not too uncommon of a policy.  And, as of 2022, there is a statewide preemption, which means you don’t have to check your local laws.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in Ohio?

Everything except for ballistic knives is legal in Ohio.  This means you can own disguised knives, stilettos, daggers, balisong knives, Swiss army knives, Bowie knives, and more.

As of 2021, there are also no restrictions on concealed-carry, either.

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in Ohio?

Ballistic knives are restricted in Ohio.  Other than that, everything is legal and you may carry them however you wish.  The law prior to 2021 had limitations on concealed weapons, but such laws are no longer in effect.

  • Ballistic knives are restricted
  • You cannot bring your knife to school, onto a school bus, or to a school activity.
  • You cannot bring your knife into a courthouse

Relevant Statutes

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