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AKTI's Role:

As a nonprofit association, AKTI’s role is to be the reasonable and responsible advocate for the knife-making and knife-using community, providing the focal point for sensible evolution, development, and the consistent enforcement of knife legislation. Knives are important tools first.

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Imagine Your Life Without a Knife℠

The American Knife & Tool Institute has been the advocacy voice of the entire knife community since 1998, ensuring that Americans will always be able to make, buy, sell, own, carry and use knives and edged tools. AKTI is recognized worldwide as the most respected, credible and accurate source of knife legislation information, legislative input, and industry information. We have a successful, proven record of accomplishments in making effective changes to restrictive knife laws and promoting reasonable and responsible laws and enforcement. AKTI promotes knives as an essential and valuable tool in everyday life. We educate the public, lawmakers and law enforcement about knives, knife safety, knife laws and knife-related issues.


Limited edition Brian Tighe-designed Buy Tighe™ knife from Columbia River Knife & Tool, part of the April 2014 American Knife and Tool Institute's monthly fundraising auction.

This collector’s double-blade knife, the Buy Tighe designed by Brian Tighe and offered by CRKT, is one of only 500 issued. Includes a recurve and a drop point blade, both with Klecker locks integrated in the titanium handle.



Benchmade 940-1 AKTI 2014 Membership Knife

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Latest News

  • Apr. 9 — Tennessee 2014 Knife Bill

    Gov. Bill Haslam has signed SB 1771 into law. Effective July 1, individuals will no longer be considered criminals for possession of automatic knives (switchblades) or knives over four inches in length.

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American Knife and Tool Institute president Goldie Russell meets with Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor in his office in Washington, D.C.

AKTI monitors laws and regulations on the national level and in all 50 states. Read about our successes ensuring your right to own, carry and use knives and edged tools.