Is there are any restrictions on trainer butterfly knives, or ones that are dull and resistant to sharpening? 1 Answers as of August 03, 2017

I am aware of the legality of sharpened butterfly knives.

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There are many types of trainer knives and Cosplay weapon knives. These look like knives, but they have no blade. The blade is what makes it a knife, just as the ability to shoot bullets is what makes a gun. In many styles of trainer knives, the blade-like part is made with holes in it so it can never be sharpened. These do not appear to be illegal, just like toy guns are not illegal. However, if you bring this anywhere in public or any place that knives are not allowed, then you will most likely run into trouble. That trouble may include being questioned, being arrested, or even being shot by police who think you pose a danger. Therefore, if you have one of these practice knives, be careful never to carry or use it in public or on the street, never bring it to a school or park, never bring it on an airplane. Simply practice at home or at a martial arts studio, and keep it packed up while bringing it there. Some of these trainer or cosplay knives look realistic, while others look obviously fake. If you want to meet with less trouble, choose one that looks obviously fake. Think of toy guns and how there are children who have been shot and killed by police for carrying a toy gun. This is not much different and could easily lead to the same sort of trouble.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2017
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