In New Hampshire they are. In California, not so much. Last Thursday, New Hampshire repealed a law prohibiting people from carrying switchblades, stilettos, dirks, and daggers. What used to be considered a misdemeanor is now perfectly legal in that state.
However, this state continues to prosecute people who carry concealed dirks, daggers, and other “dangerous” knives. California allows people to carry specific knives, including dirks and daggers, as long as they’re carried openly in a sheath. However California law also bans carrying certain knives altogether, like switchblades, regardless of whether they’re concealed or carried openly. It’s okay to possess certain knives in specific locations, while it’s illegal to possess others at any time.
Sound confusing? It is.
Although California’s knife laws aren’t as strict as some others, they are still tough and very convoluted. So what’s a knife owner to do? The best advice is to become well-versed in California’s knife laws before deciding to purchase, possess, or carry dirks, daggers, or other knives.