Illegal Knives

There is a complete ban on the sale of some knives which are considered to be offensive weapons.

These include:

  • flick knives – knives where the blade is hidden inside the handle and shoots out when a button is pressed; these are also called ‘switchblades’ or ‘automatic knives’
  • butterfly knives – where the blade is hidden inside a handle that splits in two around it, like wings; the handles swing around the blade to open or close it
  • disguised knives – where the blade is hidden inside something like a belt buckle or fake mobile phone
  • gravity knives
  • sword-sticks
  • samurai swords
  • hand-claws
  • foot-claws
  • belt-buckle knives
  • push daggers
  • kubotan (cylindrical container, holding spikes)
  • shuriken (also known as ‘death stars’ or ‘throwing stars’)
  • kusari-gama (sickle attached to a rope, cord or wire)
  • kyoketsu-shoge (hook-knife attached to a rope, cord or wire)
  • kusari (weight attached to a rope, cord or wire)