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AKTI News

This is where you’ll find the latest AKTI News and the latest news in the knife industry.  AKTI News includes information about the legislation and regulations we are either proactively introducing to remove knife restrictions or clarify laws or are monitoring to watch for issues that need action. You’ll also find out about the many other educational and information efforts of our organization to promote knives as fundamental, valuable tools.

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To see only the latest news of the sporting knife and tool industry and the greater knife community, check Industry News


Upcoming Events

Annual Meeting of Members – Friday, June 3, 2016 – 10:00 am Room 103, Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA. Open to all members of the American Knife & Tool Institute.

AKTI’s Giving Back Event – Friday evening, June 3, 2016 – 7 pm – 9 pm, Kennesaw Ballroom, Renaissance Waverly, Atlanta, GA.  More details and to purchase tickets

Intellectual Property Protection Seminar – Sunday, June 5 – 10 am Room 103, Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA.  Presented by Jeremiah Pastrick, Continental Enterprises.  Reserve complimentary ticket to attend.


Follow 2016 Knife Legislation

April 24, 2016

AKTI’s 2016 legislative efforts are focused on federal and state efforts including the Knife Owners’ Protection Act, repeal of restrictions on Auto-Open Knives, and Preemption. We support reasonable, responsible legislation and measured non-partisan efforts to resolve issues. AKTI promotes knives as an essential and valuable tool in everyday life.


2016 Illinois SB 2294

April 20, 2016

Bill would make auto-open knives legal to manufacture, sell, own, carry and possess.


2016 Oklahoma SB 1159

April 19, 2016

Dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife, and sword cane would be removed from the list of unlawful items to carry on or about a person, in a purse or other container belonging to the person, whether concealed or unconcealed.


2016 Idaho HB 422

April 14, 2016

Anyone 21 or over would be able to carry concealed any dirk, dirk knife, bowie knife, dagger or knife over 4 inches.


2016 Kentucky SB 112

April 12, 2016

Kentucky state law would preempt local laws and remove undefined “any knife other than an ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife” from deadly weapons list.


Steel Will Knives Introduces the Gekko Mini Series

April 12, 2016

Steel Will Knives expands their popular Gekko series by offering several compact folding knives, the Gekko Mini Series. These new knives display personality while offering premium performance.