Do You Use a Knife?
Most Americans use knives as tools in our everyday lives. We use them to cut food; slice through cords and ropes; help us with our work; make hunting, fishing and other forms of recreation safer; and much more. Knives are useful and often vital tools that make our lives easier.
Do You Know Knife Ownership is Under Attack?
Numerous laws regarding knives at the state level and in many counties, cities and municipalities affect knife owners like you. These laws restrict our rights to carry knives in public places, government buildings and schools. Some private business also enforce bans on knives.
In Europe, Australia and other countries, knife carry and ownership are prohibited or discouraged. In Scotland there is even a “No Knives Better Lives” campaign (see noknivesbetterlives.com for their philosophy).
How Can We Protect Our Rights?
To ensure that Americans will always be able to buy, sell, own, carry and use knives and edged tools, the American Knife and Tool Institute serves to educate knife owners, lawmakers, law enforcement officers and the media about the importance of knives in our everyday lives.
AKTI is a respected and credible source of knife legislation information, legislative input and industry information. We work to effectively change restrictive knife laws and promote reasonable and responsible laws and enforcement. We watchdog and oppose laws that limit the choices you have.
What Can You Do?
- Learn more about how to help AKTI in its work to promote the safe and responsible use of knives in the U.S.
- Become a Grassroots Supporter and find out how you can personally help advocate for knives and tools.
- Join AKTI and help support what we do to Keep Knives in American Lives!
- Follow us on Facebook or Twitter
- Tell your friends and family!
Popular Knife Resources
You’ll find our website, AKTI.org, to be a valuable resource for knife information. Here are some of our most popular pages:
- Laws of the 50 States and DC. An accurate, updated resource on laws regarding knives in the U.S.
- AKTI Approved Knife Definitions. Ever wondered what criteria define a particular type of knife, or what makes one knife legal while another is not? This Knife Definitions PDF explains more about types of knives and legal definitions as well as some history on various types of knives like Bowie knives, switchblades and more.
- Knife User Data. A PDF with most recent statistics on those who use knives.