Are knives legal in Australia? A knife retailers perspective

Knives are a useful tool for various activities such as camping, hunting, cooking, and everyday tasks like opening boxes and large bags. However, when it comes to the legality of knives in Australia, there are several restrictions and regulations that must be taken into consideration. In this blog post, we will discuss the legality of knives in Australia from the perspective of a knife retailer.

The first thing to understand is that there is no single law regulating knives in Australia. Instead, each state and territory has its own laws and regulations. This means that what might be legal in one state might not be legal in another. As a consumer, it is important to understand the laws and regulations in your particular state or territory.

In general, knives are legal in Australia as long as they are used for lawful purposes. This includes using knives for activities such as cooking, hunting, fishing, and camping. However, there are several types of knives that are classified as prohibited weapons and are illegal to own or possess without a valid reason or permit.

Prohibited weapons include knives that are designed for use in a way that is likely to cause serious harm, such as switchblades, butterfly knives, and ballistic knives. Things like automatic knives, daggers, throwing knives and concealed blades such as pen knives or walking sticks with hidden blades are all illegal.

In addition to prohibited weapons, there are also controlled weapons that are legal to own but require a valid reason and generally a permit. These differ from state to state so check the laws that relate to you. To own a controlled weapon, you must have a valid reason and permit, such as being a collector, historical reenactor, or martial arts practitioner.

As a knife retailer in Australia, it is important for us to be aware of these restrictions and regulations. It is illegal to sell prohibited weapons or controlled weapons to someone without a valid reason and any required permits. It is also illegal to sell knives to minors under the age of 18.

One of the challenges that knife retailers face is determining whether a customer has a valid reason for owning a prohibited or controlled weapon. It is important to ask questions and be diligent in your assessment of the customer's reason for wanting to purchase the knife. For these reasons we do not not import or supply any weapons that are not generally legal Australia wide. Of course you must be over 18 to purchase a knife but otherwise you can be safe in the knowledge that it should be legal for you to own any knife sold on our website within Australia.

As an Australia knife shop, we try to educate our customers about the laws and regulations surrounding knives in Australia. At Blade Forge, we take pride in providing our customers with high-quality knives and excellent customer service. We are committed to staying informed about the laws and regulations surrounding knives in Australia, and we work hard to ensure that all of our products are legal to own and possess.

At Blade Forge, we believe that knives are an essential tool for many activities and we are dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible products and service. We are committed to staying up-to-date with the latest laws and regulations, and we take pride in being a responsible and reliable knife retailer.

If you have any questions or concerns about the legality of knives in Australia, or if you are looking for high-quality knives for any purpose, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to help and provide guidance to our customers.


* NOTE: This information is general in nature and is provided in good faith but should not be relied upon.

For further information take a look at the various states and territories laws below:

ACT - Prohibited Weapons Act 1996

NSW - Legislation

NT - Weapons Control Regulations 2001



WA - Weapons Regulations 1999

SA -


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