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Knives

Etsy prohibits the sale of weapons. In some cases, a knife is unmistakably a weapon, but other times, a knife is a useful tool, a toy, or an unusable decorative item.

Below is the list of knives prohibited on Etsy. This list is based in part on legal standards as well as whether an item is generally intended to serve a non-weapon function.

What kind of knives are prohibited?

Etsy does not allow any of the following knives:

  • Ballistic knives
  • Bayonets
  • Butterfly or Balisong knives
  • Knives disguised as something else
  • Knuckleduster knives
  • Gravity Knives
  • OTF knives
  • Push Daggers
  • Shuriken
  • Switchblades
  • Any knife intended for use as a weapon

This list is subject to expand or change at any time.

What kinds of knives are allowed?

In general, a knife which is intended for use as a tool may be sold on Etsy, as long as it is otherwise qualifies in one of our categories and isn’t on the prohibited list above. Some examples of tool knives that are generally allowed:

  • Cutlery
  • Letter openers
  • Utility knives
  • Hunting knives
  • Railroad spike knives
  • Certain ceremonial knives
  • Razors
  • Kitchen or cooking knives

My knife is only intended for decoration—can I sell it?

Etsy generally allows for non-usable, decorative knives to be sold, as long as they are not on the "prohibited list" above. Sellers must take special care to make sure that they follow all applicable laws. 

My knife is only a tool or a toy—can I sell it?

Etsy generally allows for tools and toys to be sold, as long as they are not on the "prohibited list" above. As always, sellers must take special care to make sure that they follow all applicable laws. .  

My knife isn't on the prohibited list nor is it on the allowed list—can I sell it?

We recommend you contact our Marketplace Integrity team and ask about your specific item directly. Keep in mind that Etsy will not be able to advise about the laws pertaining to your item, so we recommend that you fully inform yourself by speaking to a legal expert. Any knife that is a weapon is not allowed, whether or not it is currently specified on the list as prohibited. 

What happens if I list a non-qualifying item?

Etsy reserves the right to remove listings that we determine are not in line with our policies or are not within the spirit of Etsy. Such listings will be removed from the site, and the member's selling privileges may be suspended and/or terminated. If Etsy removes an item listing for violating Etsy policy, the seller is still obligated to pay the listing fee for that item, according to our Terms of Use

If you are unsure whether an item qualifies, please contact our Marketplace Integrity team by clicking the link below.

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