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Are Switchblades Legal? Knife Laws By State

Are switchblades legal in your state? Knives like switchblades, spring-assisted knives, butterfly knives and others are legal in some states and illegal in others.

Knife Laws of the 50 States

Getting caught or crossing state lines with an illegal knife or switchblade can lead to serious consequences like fines or even jail time, so it's important to know your state's knife laws and the knife laws of any state you may travel to.It is important to remember that state laws are not always the same as the local or federal laws.

Every state has its own law when it comes to carrying a switchblade and the only federal law is the Switchblade Knife Act of 1958 and the 2009 amendment to the act which applies to individuals who are traveling between states and internationally. To better understand each law, below are the 50 states along with their knife laws to avoid an untimely visit to the sheriff's office.

Knife Laws | Are Switchblades Legal? Knife Laws By State

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1. Alabama Knife Laws

What is Legal in Alabama

Alabama has some of the best knife laws in the US, including a nifty switchblade law. If you don’t like legal speak, here are the basics of what knives are legal under Alabama knife laws.

  • Balisongs/butterfly knives are legal.
  • Switchblades, gravity knives, automatic and assisted opening knives are legal.
  • Stilettos, dirks, and toothpick knives are legal.
  • All folding knives are legal.
  • Bowies are legal if carried open (like on your hip).
  • Bowies are legal to carry concealed if you are on your own property.
  • Double sided knives are legal, no matter the size.
  • If the knife fits in your pocket, it is legal.
  • Out the front knives are legal.

What is Illegal in Alabama

  • Bowies and things like Bowies are illegal if concealed.
  • Bowies are illegal to have in your vehicle.
  • A machete might be classified as a Bowie and it would be illegal if you carry it concealed.
  • An 11″ butcher knife has been found to be like a Bowie in court so don’t plan on using it in a crime.
  • Selling Bowies to people under 18 is illegal.

2. Alaska Knife Laws

UPDATE:

Summary of 2013 Alaska Knife Law Changes

Effective date of HB33 is September 18, 2013

  • This Law also preempts the repealing of local knife laws. Other than that, it also prevents new knife laws from being enacted upon.
  • Legal for an adult to possess or transport a switchblade or gravity knife
  • No prohibition on manufacturing switchblades or gravity knives;
  • Minors under the age of 16 can only possess a switchblade or gravity with parental consent

3. Arizona Knife Laws

What is Legal/Illegal in Arizona

  • The state has preempted all local knife laws.
  • There are no blade length laws.
  • Balisongs, Bowie knives, pocket knives, switchblades, and stilettos are legal.
  • It's legal for anyone over 21 to carry knives.
  • It's illegal to not inform a police officer that you are carrying a concealed knife when the knife is not a pocket knife. This is true even if you have a concealed-carry permit.

Knives are not allowed in schools.

Learn more from the official Arizona State Legislature site.

4. Arkansas Knife Laws

What are Legal Knives Under Arkansas Knife Law

  • Balisongs are legal.
  • Switchblades, automatic knives, gravity knives, and similar knives are legal.
  • Dinks, stilettos, and other stabbing knives are legal.
  • Bowies and other large knives are legal.
  • Knives of all sizes are legal. Yes, even your straight-edge razor.

Basically, if it has a blade, it is legal, even if you are carrying concealed.

5. California Knife Laws

California's knife laws are among the toughest in the country.

What's legal in California?

  • Bowie knives are legal in the state of California.
  • Large knives are also legal in California with no restriction in size.
  • Carrying knives in the open is legal.
  • Carrying knives concealed is legal, depending on which knife.

What's illegal in California?

  • Knives that are misleading or undetectable by metal detector.
  • Misleading knives include cane knives and zobi-tsues, belt knives, pen knives, air gauge knives, and lipstick knives.
  • Dirks, stilettos, and daggers are illegal.
  • Ballistic (throwing) knives are illegal.

Read more from shouselaw.com and duilawyers.

6. Colorado Knife Laws

These knives are legal to own in Colorado:

  • Dirks, daggers, push knives, and stilettos are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large blades are legal.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, pen knives, cane knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Balisong/butterfly knives are in a legal gray area.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.
  • Gravity knives and switchblades are legal. (SB 008 removes gravity knives and switchblades from the State's definition of illegal weapons.)

These knives are illegal to carry concealed in Colorado:

  • All knives less than 3.5 inches are legal.
  • All fishing and hunting knives of any length are legal.
  • All knives over 3.5 inches are illegal.

7. Connecticut Knife Laws

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All Knives Are Legal to Own in Connecticut:

  • Balisongs, automatic or folding knives, gravity knives, and switchblades are legal to own.
  • Dirks, stilettos, daggers, and push knives are legal to own.
  • Disguised knives like lipstick knives, cane knives, and boot knives are legal to own.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal to own.
  • Basically, any knife is legal to own and have in your home.

Some Knives Can Not be Carried (Open or Concealed):

  • Automatic knives over 1.5 inches are illegal.
  • Switchblades over 1.5 inches are illegal.
  • Stilettos are illegal.
  • Blades longer than 4 inches are illegal.

8. Delaware Knife Laws

Knives that are Banned in Delaware

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, and cane knives are legal.
  • Throwing knives are legal.
  • Stilettos, dirks, and daggers are legal.
  • Knives that will not set off metal detectors and have a pointed tip are illegal.
  • Knives with brass knuckles are illegal.
  • Switchblades and gravity knives are illegal.
  • Throwing stars are illegal.

If a knife does not fall into any of the illegal categories above, it is legal to own.

Limits to Carrying Knives

  • It is legal to carry a 3-inch pocket knife or folding knife concealed.
  • Other than a 3-inch pocket knife, carrying any other type of knife concealed is illegal.

If the knife is not banned, you can carry it in the open. Only concealed carry is limited. Concealed means close enough by you that you can readily use it while being covered by something. Having a knife in your car counts as being concealed.

9. Florida Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Florida

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Belt knives, cane knives, and other disguised knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives are legal.
  • Undetectable knives (knives that will not set off metal detectors) are legal.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.

The law does not limit individuals from owning, selling, or buying any knife except for ballistic knives.

Limits on Carry

  • You can open carry any knife.
  • Box cutters, multi-tools, and other work knives are legal to carry concealed.
  • In most cases, conceal carry of a common pocket knife with a blade of less than 4 inches is legal.
  • Anything outside of this has not been expressly banned or allowed.

10. Georgia Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Georgia

  • Balisong knives often called butterfly knives, are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives such as cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Push knives, stilettos, switchblades, dirks, and daggers are legal.
  • Spring assisted ballistic knives are legal.
  • Knives that are undetectable with a metal detector are legal.

In Georgia, there are no limits on the possession of knives. You can own any knife you want. There are only limits on carry knives.

Limits on Carry

  • It is illegal to carry, open or concealed, a knife larger than 5 inches without a permit.
  • For knives greater than 12 inches, you need a weapons permit. (HB 292 increases the legal length of a knife blade to carry to 12 inches.)

11. Hawaii Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Hawaii

  • Bowie knives and other large knives.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, and push knives.
  • Undetectable knives (knives that won’t set off metal detectors).
  • Dirks, daggers, and stilettos
  • Balisong knives
  • It is illegal to own switchblades.

Only balisongs and switchblades are banned in Hawaii. Any other type of knife is legal.

Limits on Carry

  • You can open carry any knife.
  • You can not conceal carry dirks, daggers, and knives similar to that.
  • You can not conceal carry knives with knuckles like some WWI trench knives.
  • You can conceal any other type of knife.

12. Idaho Knife Laws

No Knife Ban

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Switchblades, automatic knives, and other quick release knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives are legal.
  • Stilettos, dirks, and other stabbing knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, cane knives, and key knives are legal.
  • Spring assisted ballistic knives are legal.
  • Pocket knives of any size are legal.

Age Restrictions on Possession

  • Need parental consent to possess a bowie or dirk if under 18.
  • Can not possess a bowie or dirk if under 12 unless your parents are with you.

There is no ban on the possession of any type of knife in Idaho. You can buy and own any knife you want. However, taking it outside of the house is a different situation.

Limits on Carry

  • It is legal to open carry any knife.
  • It is illegal to bring any knife (open or concealed) besides a 2.5″ pocket knife to school.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any dirk, bowie, or dangerous weapon.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a knife, even if you have a permit, when intoxicated.

13. Illinois Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Illinois

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives like cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Throwing knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Throwing stars are illegal.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.
  • Switchblades and other automatic knives are legal. (SB 607 would allow individuals to carry automatic knives when in possession of their Firearm Owner's Identification Card.)

The state of Illinois only banned the possession of throwing stars, switchblades, ballistic knives, and knives that open with a press of the button.

Limits on Carry

You can carry any knife as long as it is not one of the banned knives listed above and that you do not have the intent to harm someone or break the law.

14. Indiana Knife Laws

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What is Legal in Indiana

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives are legal.
  • Dirks, daggers, and stilettos are legal.
  • Assisted knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives like cane knives, lipstick knives, and belt knives are legal.
  • Switchblades and other automatic knives are legal.

What is Illegal in Indiana

  • Ballistic knives are illegal.
  • Throwing stars are illegal.

Restriction on Carry

There are no limits to concealed or open carry as long as you do not bring a knife to school.

15. Iowa Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Iowa

  • Balisong knives are legal.
  • Switchblades and automatic knives are legal.
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Disguised knives like cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Ballistic knives are illegal.

Only ballistic knives are outlawed in Iowa law.

Limits on Carry

  • It is legal to open carry any knife.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a switchblade.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dagger or stiletto.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a knife whose blade is greater than 5 inches.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a balisong knife.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry disguised knives like cane swords and lipstick knives.

16. Kansas Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Kansas

  • Bowies and other large knives.
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives.
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, and cane swords.
  • Switchblades and other automatic knives.
  • Gravity knives
  • Undetectable knives (knives that will not set off metal detectors)

What is Illegal to Own in Kansas

  • It is illegal to own ballistic knives.
  • It is illegal to own throwing stars

17. Kentucky Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Kentucky

  • Ballistic knives
  • Balisong knives
  • Switchblades and other automatic knives
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives
  • Disguised knives like belt knives, lipstick knives, and cane knives
  • Undetectable knives (knives that will not set off metal detectors)
  • Bowie knives and other large knives

There are no banned knife types in Kentucky.

What is Legal to Carry in Kentucky

  • It is legal to open carry any knife.
  • It is legal to conceal carry any ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife.
  • Anything besides a pocket or hunting knife can be considered a deadly weapon and would be banned from concealed carry.

18. Louisiana Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own Louisiana

  • Balisong knives, also called butterfly knives
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other slim knives
  • Disguised knives like belt knives
  • Undetectable knives–knives that will not set off metal detectors
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives
  • Bowie knives and other large knives
  • It is illegal to own switchblades and other automatic knives.

The only banned knife in Louisiana are switchblades. However, if you are a law enforcement officer, you might be able to get an automatic opening knife because there is an exemption for “rescue knives” in the law.

Limits on Carry

  • Any knife is legal for open or concealed carry as long as it is not a switchblade.

19. Maine Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Maine

  • Bowie knives and other large knives
  • Dirks, stilettos, daggers, and other slim knives
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives
  • Disguised knives like cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives
  • It is illegal to own switchblades, automatic knives, and balisong knives.

The only banned types of knives are automatic opening knives. Balisong knives were found to fall under this category.

What is Legal to Carry in Maine

  • It is legal to carry any knife in the open.
  • It is illegal to carry daggers, stilettos, and knives designed for harming others.
  • Any knife outside of those 3 is legal to conceal carry.

The law bans the carry of “other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person.” This means that, as long as the knife was not designed to attack other people, it is fine to carry concealed.

20. Maryland Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Maryland

  • A balisong knife, also called butterfly knife
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other slim knives
  • Switchblades, gravity knives, and automatic knives
  • Ballistic knives
  • Disguised knives like belt knives and lipstick knives
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives
  • Undetectable knives
  • Bowie knives and other large knives

There is no limitation on the type of knife you can own in Maryland.

Limits on Carry

  • You can not conceal carry a throwing star, dirk, switchblade, gravity knife, or bowie knife.
  • You can not open carry a throwing star, dirk, switchblade, gravity knife, or bowie knife with the intent to harm someone.
  • You can open or conceal carry any sized pocket knife you wish.

If a knife is not listed above, it is most likely to be legal for concealed or open carry.

21. Massachusetts Knife Laws

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What is Legal to Own in Massachusetts

  • Balisong knives also called butterfly knives, are legal to own.
  • Switchblades and automatic knives are legal to own.
  • Ballistic knives are legal to own.
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and push knives are legal to own.
  • Knives with brass knuckles are legal to own.
  • Disguised knives like cane knives and lipstick knives are legal to own.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal to own.
  • Throwing knives and throwing stars are legal to own.

There is no knife ban in Massachusetts.

Limits on Carry

  • It is illegal to carry, open or concealed, switchblades, dirks, daggers, stilettos, ballistic knife, double edge knives, and knuckle knives.
  • It is illegal to carry anything perceived as dangerous while disturbing the peace or being arrested.
  • Folding knives, Swiss army knives, and kitchen knives are legal to carry as long as you do not behave in a way that makes them dangerous.

22. Michigan Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Michigan

  • Butterfly knives also called balisong knives, are legal.
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives are legal.
  • Throwing knives and throwing stars are legal.
  • Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
  • Hidden knives like belt knives and lipstick knives are legal.
  • Undetectable knives (knives that do not set off metal detectors) are legal.
  • Switchblades, automatic knives, and gravity knives are illegal.

What is Illegal to Carry in Michigan

  • It is illegal to carry (either concealed or otherwise) dirks, stilettos, daggers, a double-edged nonfolding stabbing instrument of any length or any other dangerous weapon in any vehicle occupied or operated by the person. With the exception of a hunting knife adapted and carried as such.
  • On top of this, you can not carry a dangerous weapon with intent to harm.

Learn more on http://www.legislature.mi.gov/

23. Minnesota Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Minnesota

  • Balisong knives are legal to own.
  • Dirks, stilettos, daggers, and other stabbing knives are legal to own.
  • Disguised knives like lipstick knives are legal to own.
  • Bowie knives are legal to own.
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives are legal to own.
  • All other knives are legal to own.
  • Only switchblades are illegal.

What is Legal to Carry in Minnesota

  • Knives with utility purposes are legal to carry.
  • Knives that can be used as weapons are legal to carry as long as you do not have the intent to harm others.
  • It is illegal to recklessly use a knife designed to be a weapon.
  • It is illegal to carry a knife designed to be a weapon (and not a tool) with the intent to harm others.

24. Mississippi Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Mississippi

  • Balisong knives, also called butterfly knives
  • Dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other slim knives
  • Disguised knives like belt knives
  • Undetectable knives–knives that will not set off metal detectors
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives
  • Bowie knives and other large knives
  • Switchblades, gravity knives, and automatic knives

Mississippi does not restrict ownership of any type of knife for those over the age of eighteen, who have not been convicted of a felony.

What is Illegal to Own in Mississippi

It is illegal for a minor or a convicted felon to own a:

  • Bowie knife
  • Dirk knife
  • Butcher knife
  • Switchblade

Limits on Carry

  • It is illegal to carry concealed any bowie knife.
  • It is illegal to carry concealed any dirk knife.
  • It is illegal to carry concealed any butcher knife.
  • It is illegal to carry concealed any switchblade or automatic knife.
  • You may carry any knife concealed if it is concealed in your vehicle, and not on your person.
  • You may carry any knife concealed if you are participating in a sports activity where such a knife is legitimately used.
  • You can open carry any knife in Mississippi unless you are a minor or a student on educational property.

25. Missouri Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Missouri

  • Dirks, stilettos, and other slim knives
  • Boot knives and other daggers
  • Balisong knives, sometimes called butterfly knives
  • Undetectable knives–knives that will not set off metal detectors
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives and even throwing axes
  • Bowie knives and other large knives

What is Illegal to Own in Missouri

It is a Class C Felony to own a switchblade knife in Missouri, unless the person possessing the switchblade is in compliance with the applicable federal law. The federal law, which governs possession of switchblades, is 15 USC Chapter 29. The law allows a person to possess and/or carry a switchblade on or about his person if the blade is less than three inches long and the person has only one arm, or the knife contains a spring or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure of the blade.

26. Montana Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Montana

  • Dirk, dagger, stiletto, or other push knives
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife
  • Bowie knife, or other large knives
  • Throwing knives or throwing stars
  • Disguised knives such as cane knives and lipstick knives
  • It is legal to carry a blade with 4 or more inches in length from the list of illegal concealed weapons. (HB 251 is effective on October 1, 2017.)

What is Illegal to Own in Montana

  • A switchblade knife is illegal to own in Montana unless you are a collector who is registered with the Sheriff in the county where your collection is kept.

Limits on Carry

  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dagger.
  • It is illegal to possess or carry any knife with a four-inch blade or longer in a school building.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any weapon while intoxicated.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a weapon into a government office, bank or financial institution, or a place that sells alcohol for onsite consumption.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any “deadly weapon.”
  • It is legal to open carry any knife that is legal to own in Montana.
  • It is legal to carry any knife that is legal to own in your vehicle, concealed or openly.

27. Nebraska Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Nebraska

  • Balisong knives are legal to own.
  • Bowie knives are legal to own.
  • Dirks, daggers, and stilettos are legal to own.
  • Ballistic knives are legal to own.
  • Disguised knives like cane knives, lipstick knives, and belt knives are legal to own.
  • Switchblades and automatic knives are legal to own.

What is Illegal to Own in Nebraska

  • It is illegal for a person who has been convicted of a felony to own a knife.
  • It is illegal for a person who is a fugitive to own a knife.
  • It is illegal for a person subject to a domestic violence protective order to own a knife while knowingly violating such order.

Nebraska L 558 redefined the term “knife” for certain provisions of the criminal code to allow hunters and anglers to possess knives with blades over 3 and 1/2 inches. Signed on April 27 and effective on September 2017.

28. Nevada Knife Laws

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What is Legal to Own in Nevada

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Bowie and other hunting knives
  • Throwing knives and throwing stars

What is Illegal to Own in Nevada

  • Any knife which is made an integral part of a belt buckle
  • Switchblade knives

Restrictions on Carry

  • It is illegal to possess or carry a dirk, dagger, or switchblade on school or childcare facility property or in a vehicle owned by a school or childcare facility.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dagger.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a machete.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any knife which is made an integral part of a belt buckle.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any knife which could be considered a dangerous or deadly weapon.
  • It is legal to conceal carry a pocketknife.
  • It is legal to open carry any knife that is legal to own.

29. New Hampshire Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in New Hampshire

  • In New Hampshire, it is legal to own any type of knife, as long as you have not been convicted of a felony against the person or property of another or of a felony drug-related offense. Yes, machetes are legal.

What is Illegal to Own in New Hampshire

It is illegal for a person who has been convicted of a felony against the person or property of another or of a felony drug-related offense to possess a:

  • Stiletto
  • Dirk or dagger
  • Switchblade knife
  • knife considered as a deadly weapon

30. New Jersey Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in New Jersey

  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Disguised knives like lipstick knives
  • Bowie knife
  • Throwing stars and throwing knives
  • Any weapon for which a person has an explainable lawful purpose for owning

What is Illegal to Own in New Jersey

  • It is illegal to own any weapon, with the purpose to use it unlawfully against the person or property of another.
  • It is illegal for a person convicted of certain crimes (see below) to own a gravity knife, switchblade, dirk, dagger, stiletto, or other dangerous knife.
  • It is illegal for certain mentally ill people to own a gravity knife, switchblade, dirk, dagger, stiletto, or other dangerous knife.
  • It is illegal to own a gravity knife, switchblade, dirk, dagger, stiletto, or other dangerous knife with any explainable lawful purpose.

A conviction for aggravated assault, arson, burglary, escape, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, bias intimidation, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of weapon for an unlawful purpose, manufacture or transport of a prohibited weapon, unlawful possession or sale of a controlled dangerous substance, or endangering the welfare of a child prevents a person from owning certain types of knives in New Jersey.

31. New Mexico Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in New Mexico

  • Bowie knife
  • Throwing stars or knives
  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto

What is Illegal to Own in New Mexico

  • Switchblade
  • Balisong or butterfly knife

32. New York Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in New York

  • Hunting knife
  • Dirk or dagger
  • Stiletto

What is Illegal to Own in New York

  • Switchblades and swords
  • Pilum ballistic knife
  • Metal knuckle knife
  • Cane sword
  • Throwing stars
  • It is illegal to own any knife if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  • It is illegal to own any knife adapted for use primarily as a weapon.
  • It may be illegal to own a gravity knife, without a valid hunting and/or fishing license.

Just by having a banned knife in one’s possession already gives the presumption that he or she intends to use it unlawfully against someone else as stated in one state law.
In addition, people under 16 years of age are not allowed to have “any dangerous knife” in their possession. They can be considered as a juvenile delinquent should they be convicted.
Please see more of the New York Penal Code § 265.01.

33. North Carolina Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in North Carolina

  • Bowie knife
  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Switchblade
  • Gravity knife
  • Disguised knife, such as in a pen or lipstick

What is Illegal to Own in North Carolina

  • Any spring-assisted projectile knife
  • Ballistic knife
  • Any weapon of similar character to a projectile or ballistic knife

34. North Dakota Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in North Dakota

  • It is legal to own any type of knife in North Dakota. North Dakota has no laws making it a crime to own any kind of knife.

Restrictions on Carry

It is illegal to conceal carry:

  • Gravity knives or switchblades
  • Machetes
  • Scimitars, backswords, or sabers
  • Stilettos
  • Swords
  • Dirks or daggers
  • Any knife with a blade 5 inches or longer
  • It is legal to open carry any type of knife

35. Ohio Knife Laws

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What is Legal to Own in Ohio

  • Switchblade or gravity knife
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife as well as Balisong trainers
  • Ballistic knife
  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knife
  • Bowie knife
  • Stiletto

What is Illegal to Own in Ohio

  • It is legal to own any type of knife in Ohio.

36. Oklahoma Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Oklahoma

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Bowie knife
  • Switchblade or gravity knife
  • Cane sword
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife as well as Balisong trainers
  • Stiletto

What is Illegal to Own in Oklahoma

  • It is not illegal to own any kind of knife in Oklahoma.

Restrictions on Carry

The following are illegal to conceal or open carry:

  • Dagger
  • Bowie knife
  • Dirk knife
  • Switchblade knife
  • Spring-assisted knife
  • Sword cane
  • A knife with a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in the handle of the knife
  • Any “offensive weapon”

As the no carry law states that it is illegal to carry a weapon, “upon or about” the person, Oklahoma’s no carry law extends to items carried in a vehicle, not just on a person.

37. Oregon Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Oregon

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Bowie knife
  • Switchblade or other automatic knives
  • Ballistic knife
  • Gravity knife
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife and Balisong trainer
  • Stiletto

What is Illegal to Own in Oregon

Oregon law does not restrict the ownership of any type of knife for those who have not been convicted of a felony. As a matter of fact, in 1984 in State v. Delgado, the Supreme Court of Oregon found that former Oregon statute § 166.510(1) was unconstitutional because it prohibited the mere possession and mere carrying of a weapon. The Court believed that restricting the possession and open carrying of weapons for non-felons was a violation of a person’s right to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.

38. Pennsylvania Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Pennsylvania

  • Bowie knife
  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Penknife
  • Concealed knife, such as in a lipstick or belt buckle
  • Any kind of hunting knife

What is Illegal to Own in Pennsylvania

  • Dagger
  • Automatic knife
  • Sword cane
  • Any implement for the infliction of bodily injury, which serves no “common lawful purpose”

39. Rhode Island Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Rhode Island

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Sword cane
  • Concealed knife, such as in a belt buckle or lipstick
  • Bowie knife
  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Switchblade

What is Illegal to Own in Rhode Island

  • It is not illegal to own any type of knife in Rhode Island, so long as you do not intend to use it unlawfully against another.

Restrictions on Carry

It is illegal to conceal carry the following:

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Sword cane
  • Bowie knife
  • Any knife with a blade more than 3 inches in length

It is legal to open carry any type of knife in Rhode Island

40. South Carolina Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in South Carolina

  • Switchblade
  • Balisong, or butterfly, knife
  • Bowie knife
  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • A disguised knife, such as in a lipstick or belt buckle

What is Illegal to Own in South Carolina

  • It is legal to own any type of knife in South Carolina.

Restrictions on Carry

It is legal to conceal carry the following:

  • Dirk
  • Switchblade knife
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife
  • Bowie knife
  • Stiletto

41. South Dakota Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in South Dakota

  • Switchblade or any type of automatic knife
  • Ballistic knife
  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Bowie knife
  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Sword cane
  • Disguised knife, such as in a belt buckle or lipstick

What is Illegal to Own in South Dakota

  • It is not illegal to own any type of knife in South Dakota.

In 2006, the legislature repealed the only law prohibiting ownership of any type of knife. The former statute, 22-14-19, made it illegal for a person to own, possess or sell a ballistic knife.

Restrictions on Carry

  • Any knife may be carried openly or concealed.

South Dakota’s statutes discuss dangerous weapons and carrying concealed weapons, however neither of the statutes apply to knives, as its definition of “concealed” is “any firearm that is totally hidden from view.”

42. Tennessee Knife Laws

Tennessee Knife Laws | Are Switchblades Legal? Knife Laws By State

SB 1771 by *Bell, Summerville, Green. (HB 1883 by *Dennis, Faison, Holt.)

Weapons – As enacted, makes lawful the sale, transfer, ownership, possession and transportation of switchblade knives and knives with a blade length in excess of four inches; increases from $3,000 to $6,000 the maximum fine for possessing a switchblade knife with the intent to employ it during the commission of a dangerous felony. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.
Fiscal Summary
Increase State Expenditures – $5,000/Incarceration* Increase Local Revenue – Not Significant Decrease Local Expenditures – Not Significant
Bill Summary
This bill makes multiple changes to the laws governing switchblade knives, as follows:

(1) This bill removes switchblade knives from the list of weapons that it is an offense for an individual to intentionally or knowingly possess, manufacture, transport, repair or sell;
(2) This bill removes the offense of knowingly or intentionally selling, loaning, or making a gift of a switchblade knife to a minor;
(3) This bill removes the offense of a person carrying a knife with a blade exceeding four inches with the intent to go armed;
(4) Under present law, it is a Class E felony to possess any deadly weapon (other than a firearm) with the intent to employ it during the commission of, attempt to commit, or escape from any offense not defined as a dangerous offense. Under this bill, if the weapon is a switchblade knife, the maximum fine for the Class E felony will be increased from $3,000 to $6,000;
(5) This bill makes it an offense for a person to employ a switchblade knife during the commission of, attempt to commit, or escape from a dangerous offense. This offense will be a Class D felony; and
(6) This bill authorizes individuals to purchase and have shipped directly to the individual's home a switchblade knife.

ON MARCH 3, 2014, THE SENATE ADOPTED AMENDMENT #1 AND PASSED SENATE BILL 1771, AS AMENDED.

AMENDMENT #1 removes the provision of the bill that would have made it a Class D felony offense for a person to employ a switchblade knife during the commission of, attempt to commit, or escape from a dangerous offense.

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43. Texas Knife Laws

What is Legal to Carry in Texas

Texas HB 1935 signed into law there will be no restrictions on the carry of knives except with blades over 5 1/2 inches effective on September 1, 2017.

What is Illegal to Carry in Texas

State law preempts all local laws.

44. Utah Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Utah

  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Bowie knife
  • Automatic or gravity knife
  • Disguised knife, such as a lipstick or belt buckle

What is Illegal to Own in Utah

Utah law creates two categories of people who may not own certain weapons, defined as “dangerous weapons”.

A category I restricted person is someone who:

  • has been convicted of a violent felony under Utah Code Ann. § 76-3-203.5
  • is on probation or parole for any felony
  • is on parole from a facility is under contract with the Division of Juvenile Justice Services, that provides 24-hour supervision and confinement for youth offenders who have been committed to the division for custody and rehabilitation
  • has been adjudicated delinquent, within the last 10 years, for an offense that if committed by an adult would have been a violent felony under Utah Code Ann. § 76-3-203.5
  • is illegally or unlawfully in the United States

45. Vermont Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Vermont

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Bowie knife
  • Disguised knife, such as a lipstick or belt buckle
  • Throwing stars or knives

What is Illegal to Own in Vermont

  • It is illegal to own a switchblade with a blade that is 3 inches or longer.

Restrictions on Carry

  • It is illegal to carry openly or concealed a dangerous or deadly weapon with the intent of using it to harm another.
  • It is illegal to carry openly or concealed a dangerous or deadly weapon onto school or government property.

Vermont law does not place any other restrictions on the carrying of knives. In 1903, in State v. Rosenthal, Vermont’s Supreme Court said that under the general laws, a person may carry a dangerous or deadly weapon, openly or concealed, unless he did it with the intent or avowed purpose of injuring another.

46. Virginia Knife Laws

What's legal in Virginia?

It's legal to own:

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Bowie knife
  • Switchblade
  • Ballistic knife
  • Throwing stars or other throwing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife

Restrictions in carry:

It is illegal to conceal carry:

  • Dirk
  • Bowie knife
  • Switchblade knife
  • Machete
  • Ballistic knife
  • Throwing stars or oriental darts
  • Any knife similar to one of the above-listed knives

Read more about their laws here and here. You can also read up on their laws on concealed carry for knives and firearms.

47. Washington Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Washington

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Bowie knife
  • Stiletto
  • Disguised knives, such as a lipstick or belt buckle
  • Throwing stars

What is Illegal to Own in Washington

It is illegal to own a switchblade or other spring blade knife in the state of Washington.

Restrictions on Carry

  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry a dagger.
  • It is illegal to conceal carry any dangerous weapon.
  • It is illegal to open or conceal carry any weapon into a Courtroom.

It is also illegal to carry or display a dagger, sword, knife, or other cutting or stabbing instrument in a manner or under circumstances that would cause alarm or show an intent to intimidate another. In 1994, in State v. Spencer, the Supreme Court of Washington held that there must be a sufficient basis for the alarm, such that a reasonable person would be alarmed. Also in 1994, the Court held, in State v. Byrd, that because the display of a weapon in a manner that caused reasonable fear or alarm could be done without intent, a violation of the statute did not require intent. This means that one does not have to intend to cause alarm or fear in order to be guilty of a crime under the statute.

48. West Virginia Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in West Virginia

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Switchblade
  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Bowie knife
  • Ballistic knife

What is Illegal to Own in West Virginia

West Virginia law does not prohibit the ownership of any type of knife.

Restrictions on Carry

It is illegal to conceal carry the following:

  • Dirk, dagger, or other stabbing knives with a blade over 3 ½ inches
  • Switchblade, or any automatic knife
  • Gravity knife
  • Balisong, or butterfly knife
  • Any instrument capable of inflicting cutting, stabbing, or tearing wounds
  • Any “deadly weapon”

49. Wisconsin Knife Laws

Wisconsin Knife Laws | Are Switchblades Legal? Knife Laws By State

Legal to Own and Carry in Wisconsin

  • Any kind of knife

Restrictions on Carry

  • It is illegal to carry a knife concealed or otherwise if a person has a criminal or malicious intent to harm others.

50. Wyoming Knife Laws

What is Legal to Own in Wyoming

  • Switchblade
  • Balisong or butterfly knife
  • Bowie knife
  • Dirk, dagger, poniard, or other stabbing knives
  • Stiletto
  • Gravity knife

What is Illegal to Own in Wyoming

  • Wyoming law does not prohibit the ownership of any type of knife.

Restrictions on Carry

  • It is illegal to conceal carry a deadly weapon in Wyoming.

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Homemade Weapons You Can DIY To Awaken Your Inner Caveman

Learn to make your own homemade weapons so you’ll have a fighting chance in a survival situation where all you have is nature.

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How to Make Homemade Weapons

Why Should You Learn to Make Homemade Weapons?

Let’s say you got lost in the wild, and you somehow forgot or lost your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT (or whichever is the best survival knife for you). What do you do?

While your situation is most likely not quite as bad as Tom Hanks had it in Castaway, let’s face it. The only way you’re gonna get out of this situation in good shape is to let out your inner caveman.

Let me explain. Our very primitive ancestors lived in a time when every day was a survival situation. Any tools or weapons they needed had to be made from scratch.

So, should you be unlucky enough to have only the shirt on your back while you’re lost in the wilderness, you’ll have to follow suit. Let the training of your inner caveman begin.

Today’s lesson: how to make DIY weapons in the wild with only the resources nature provided you.

How to Make a Knife | Homemade Weapons

Having a knife, any kind of knife is probably one of the best things to happen should you suddenly find yourself in a survival situation. You can use it to help you find food, build a shelter, and defend yourself against wild animals.

So it’s highly fortunate nature is waiting like a momma at a craft table with lots of materials you can use to create one.

1. Stone Knives

Bone, shell, bamboo, wood, or even an old aluminum beer can may work to perform the puncturing function of a blade. You know you’ve seen these a million times when you’re out hiking.

They’re easy to crack or break or shape into a fairly sharp point which will do in a pinch. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to use a chicken bone or an expertly-shaped aluminum can point to skin, chop, baton, or any of the other necessary functions of a survival knife.

This is where the stone comes into play. I’ll start by saying making a knife out of stone isn’t easy, but it can be done.

You’ll need three things: a core rock, a hammerstone, and a pressure flaker. Remember, you’re going to be smashing these together in true caveman fashion.

So, having stones you can reasonably grip in each hand is going to make your life a lot easier. Although, it’s definitely an option to stand poised over one rock smashing down on it.

You, with a two-hand grip, pounding until you’ve chipped away at it a bit. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

2. The Core Rock

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The core rock is what you’ll be making into a blade. Find any large stone, preferably made from obsidian, slate, chert, or flint with a relatively flat side.

In case you weren’t a rock collector in any of your previous lives, here’s another way to decide if a rock meets the requirements for good knife-making material. Tap or click a rock together with another rock and listen for a ringing sound (like glass).

The more rock sounds like glass, the better it is as a material for your core rock. If you can, choose a rock which is already a bit sharp to reduce the amount of time you’ll need to shape it.

3. The Hammerstone

The hammerstone is a medium-sized, spherical rock, preferably made of granite. It will be used to smash, chisel, chip and shape the core rock.

You’ll be using it to chip off pieces of the core stone and to narrow the edges to a blade shape.

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4. The Pressure Flaker

The pressure flaker, or flaking tool, is a rock with a sharp point to help you refine the blade’s edges. You’ll use your flaking tool after you’ve thinned the edges of the stone with the hammer stone to make the “blade” sharper.

When you start making your knife, you’ll want to be sure to wet the core stone to shorten the time it takes to shape it into a blade. Begin by striking glancing blows near the edge of the core rock with the hammerstone.

Chip away at the core rock until you get the general shape of a blade. Then, use the flaking tool to refine the edges you need to sharpen.

You can also use a stone with a rough surface such as a sandstone to sharpen the edge. Use some rope, cloth, or leather to lash the base and create a handle.

If you are having troubling shaping the rock into a knife, you can opt to create stone blades instead. Check out the videos below to learn how:

Part One:

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How to Make a Spear | Homemade Weapons

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We’ve talked about how to make a spear using your best survival knife in a previous article. The same principle applies here.

Even without your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT or whichever survival knife you normally bring with you, you can still make a spear using your newly made stone knife. To make a spear, you’ll need to find a five-foot-long stick tough enough to endure repeated short or long-distance throws.

  1. First, pick the end of the stick which has a more rounded tip and use your stone knife to start shaving to create a spear. Once you’re done, be sure to heat the spear over some hot coals to make your spear sharper.
  2. As an alternative, you can also make a spear by tying your knife onto a stick. Find a stick which is about an inch wide.
  3. Measure about 2 inches from one end of the stick. Mark the point, then split the stick into two until you reach the 2-inch mark, creating a sort of Y shape.
  4. This will create a space where you can stick your stone knife before you lash it on with some twine, cord, or rope. To lock the blade in place, put some moss or lichen in the remaining space.
  5. If you haven’t had time to fashion your knife out of stone yet, you can also use broken pieces of shell or glass or splintered bamboo or bone and secure it to the end of your stick.
  6. If you find a way to split your stick without a knife, you can insert the splintered bone or bamboo into the wedge and tie it off like you would when turning a knife into a spear.

How to Make a Weighted Club | Homemade Weapons

While sharp pointy tools are all well and good, you can never go wrong with a blunt homemade weapon. You can use it for hammering or bludgeoning something such as a weighted club.

The weighted club could be one of the deadliest ancient weapons. To make one, you’ll need the following: a piece of wood around 14-16 inches, a medium-sized rock, and some rope.

  1. Once you have all the materials, you’ll need to wrap some lashing 6-8 inches from the end of the stick.
  2. Split the same end until you reach the lashing in order to create a V-shaped notch. The rock you picked out should be shorter than the length of the split.
  3. Insert the stone then lash it securely (above, below, and across the stone). The lashing on the stick above the stone clamps both sides of the split together providing the first point of security, so it’s especially important to create a good, tight lashing above the stone.
  4. You’ll want to make sure you bind the split ends securely so the stone won’t fall off whenever you use it to hammer or pound on something.

This video from Wannabe Bushcrafter will show you how to make a bamboo knife:

Now, hopefully, you never find yourself in a situation where making homemade weapons is going to be a necessity for survival. But, if you do find yourself in such a quagmire, this little bit of information and inner caveman training may be what saves your life.

Which of these homemade weapons do you want to make? Tell us your progress in the comments section below!

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5 Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

Know these home remedies for chigger bites, or better yet, avoid the bug's bites in the first place with helpful tips included here!

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In this article:

  1. What Is a Chigger, Exactly?
  2. Where Do Chiggers Live?
  3. Identifying Chiggers Bites
  4. Home Remedies for Chigger Bites
  5. Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

What Is a Chigger, Exactly?

Chiggers are members of the arachnid family. They are extremely tiny, and my guess is you won’t even see them as they jump from the tall grass onto your skin and/or clothing.

Adult chiggers are about 1/60 of an inch and have eight legs. The larvae are red, wingless, six-legged creatures which measure less than 1/150 of an inch.

Because of their red color, you might be able to spot the larvae when they cluster together, especially on white clothing.

What Is the Arachnid Family? It is a large group or class of invertebrate animals where the spiders and scorpions belong.

Where Do Chiggers Live?

Chiggers reside in tall weeds and grass, berry patches, and wooded areas. They could be in your backyard, by the lake, or your favorite hiking trail.

They are most active in summer and fall afternoons – the warmest part of the day.

Identifying Chiggers Bites

Only the larvae bite humans and they tend to choose warm, moist areas of the body.

Chiggers also have claws which help them grab onto your skin. The chigger then attaches its mouth to the skin and injects saliva.

The saliva contains an enzyme which breaks skin cells down to liquid form. Your body responds by hardening skin cells around the saliva, creating a tube (cyclostome) through which the chigger sucks the dissolved skin cells.

Chiggers can stay attached and feeding for several days before falling off.

When the chigger falls off, you are left with reddish bumps. You may notice a bright red dot in the center—this is a remnant of the tube your skin formed in response to the chigger's saliva.

The bumps may look like welts, blisters, pimples, or hives. Bites generally appear in groups and get larger for several days to a week.

While many insects bite exposed skin which is easy to get to, chiggers like to bite in folds of skin as well as places where clothing fits tightly on the skin. Most chigger bites occur around the ankles, waist, armpits, crotch, or behind the knees.

Home Remedies for Chigger Bites

Just remember, no matter what, DO NOT SCRATCH THE BITES! I know, easier said than done. But, breaking the skin on a chigger bite can lead to infection.

Here are 5 home remedies to help with the itching and swelling.

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1. Vicks Vapor Rub

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Vicks Vapor Rub can put an end to itchy chigger bites immediately and will even reduce the risk of blisters. It’s the cooling menthol in it which relieves itching by affecting itch receptors in the skin.

Steps:

  • Take a hot shower (use antibacterial soap.) Pat dry your skin with a soft towel.
  • Take a small amount of the vapor rub and add some table salt to it.
  • Mix well and apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat if the swelling continues (otherwise, there is no need to repeat the process)

2. Cold Compress

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A cold compress can help reduce the itching associated with chigger bites. Its numbing effect helps reduce the sensation of itchiness.

Steps:

  • Wrap some ice cubes in a thin cloth.
  • Apply the compress to the bites for 10 minutes. Repeat if needed to relieve itching.

3. Baking Soda

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Baking soda is another effective remedy to reduce rashes as well as itchiness. It acts as a natural acid neutralizer which helps relieve itching and reduces the risk of infection.

Steps:

  • Add 1 cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with cool water.
  • Stir well and soak in this water for 15 minutes and pat your skin with a soft towel. (Do this once daily)

Another remedy using baking soda:

  • Prepare a thin paste of 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a little water.
  • Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cool water.

Note: Do not use this remedy more than once or twice a day. Never use baking soda on broken skin or open wounds.

4. Oatmeal

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Oatmeal contains anti-irritating, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties providing instant relief from itching–one of the common symptoms of chigger bites. It is recommended to use colloidal oatmeal, meaning oats which are ground into an extremely fine powder.

(You can accomplish this yourself by grinding regular oats in a sealed Ziploc bag, using the backside of a spoon to crush the oatmeal.)

Steps:

  • Add 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal to a bathtub filled with warm water
  • Stir thoroughly
  • Soak in this mixture for at least 15-20 minutes
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

5. Olive Oil

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Olive oil can also be used to get relief from the irritation and inflammation. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which reduce itching and facilitate healing.

Steps:

  • After rinsing the affected area with water, apply olive oil to the chigger bite.
  • Reapply several times a day.

Another option using olive oil:

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply on the affected area.
  • Repeat a few times a day.

Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

As summer and fall are prime time for chigger bites, it is best to take the following precautions:

  1. When hiking, stay in the center of the trail and avoid brushing up against vegetation.
  2. Wear long sleeves and long pants when going into the woods.
  3. Apply mosquito repellent on your hands, feet, and exposed skin on your arms before going outside.
  4. Shower immediately after being outdoors and use antibacterial soap.
  5. Wash your clothes in hot water.
  6. Resist the urge to scratch because breaking the skin on chigger bites can lead to a possible infection.

This video from Online Pest Control will show you tips to avoid chiggers and ways to get rid of chiggers:

Chigger bites much like other insect bites aren't only discomforting, they can be dangerous too. Many of these insects including chiggers carry diseases in some cases.

The best way to deal with these bugs is to avoid them or control them with our tips here. But, if you're so unlucky, you also now know the best home remedies to chigger bites!

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9 Good Reasons To Carry A “Survival Stick”

Arm yourself with a survival stick, get savvy with it, but first, find out why as you read on!

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In this article:

  1. Survival Hiking Stick
  2. Survival Stick for Support
  3. Fetching/Reaching Things
  4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense
  5. Balance
  6. Gauging Depth
  7. Carrying Gear and Supplies
  8. Club
  9. Fishing Rod

Survival Stick: An Underrated Multipurpose Tool?

The Survival Stick in History

A walking stick or a survival cane were popular in the 17th and 18th centuries as a decorative show of power and a defensive replacement for a sword. Yet, the truth is our ancestors have been using them for thousands of years, and for good reason…

…They work! Even the animal kingdom is smart enough to know just how useful these are:

(It may be hard to see, but this gorilla is holding a walking stick to gauge the depth of the water as she sloshes along)

A walking stick is not a new or revolutionary idea. In fact, the use of a walking stick predates history and its use continued on for generations including this present time.

Yet, it is one which is more often than not overlooked. When most people think of a walking stick, it is usually paired with a top hat or seen as a crutch for someone with a walking disability.

Far too few people even realize how important a walking stick can be, especially to someone in the outdoors. We will dig a little deeper into the many uses of a survival stick and maybe safely say, it could be the first multi-purpose survival tool.

Practical and Survival Uses for a Survival Stick

Walking sticks are also known as trekking poles, pilgrim's staffs, hiking poles and hiking staff have quite a few different uses:

1. Survival Hiking Stick

Hold the survival stick in front of you and you can use it to clear your way by parting brushes and branches or leaves and thick tall grasses. You can also use it to clear spiderwebs, especially if you're not too fond of spiders.

Other insects, animals, poisonous plants, and even animal dung can get in the way. Use a survival stick to inspect or poke at those things if you are unsure, and never ever your hands or your feet.

2. Survival Stick for Support

Hiker in Caucasus mountains is crossing mountain river | Good Reasons To Carry A "Survival Stick" | hiking staff
Making your way through an uneven terrain will be more manageable with a walking stick for support. Whether you're going up or down, use the walking stick to either slow you down or hold you up.

You can use your walking stick like breaks to keep you from speeding down or use it to latch on to a rock or crevice when you're climbing up. Besides for yourself, you can also use your multipurpose stick as a support for your tarp emergency shelter.

3. Fetching/Reaching Things

It happens–a supply or gear falling on water, mud, puddle or in an area you dare not walk into. You can fetch or reach for those items with a stick.

It also happens where you need an item over a physical barrier and only a stick can fetch the item for you. You can also reach for fruits, nest, or other food sources up a tree or high structure with a stick.

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4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense

To use a survival stick as a weapon, make sure it's a sturdy stick with a finished look and not just any stick you found along the way. You can use it to defend yourself from an attacker whether it's human or animals.

I would suggest to train yourself in some form of martial arts using a stick like a baton as a weapon to have a better handle at it.

You can also fashion a spear with your stick by tying a survival knife on one end. Don't throw this spear though or you risk damaging or losing your knife and stick.

Hold on to your homemade spear and only use it to thrust at your target.

5. Balance

Hiker is crossing the river in Sweden | Hiker in Caucasus mountain | Good Reasons To Carry A "Survival Stick" | survival hiking stickWhen you're crossing a log bridge over a stream or you're going through the stream itself or other bodies of water, a walking stick can help you balance so you don't fall over. If you're walking through a muddy or rocky waterbed, a walking stick will help you up.

If you're up for it and if the body of water isn't too wide across, you can also use a long stick like a pole vault to cross over so you don't get yourself wet.

6. Gauging Depth

Relative to crossing bodies of water, a survival stick is handy in identifying dips beneath the waters which could cause you to stumble. You can also use the stick to identify where it's safe to take the next step.

You can also use this simple trick with the stick when you're traveling in deep snow, marshland, and even the dessert.

7. Carrying Gear and Supplies

Use your survival stick to help you carry gear and supplies. Pack your supplies with a shemagh, tie it tight to one end of your stick then place the stick over your shoulders in hobo fashion.

You can also carry more supplies with your survival stick. Even today, a carrying pole is used by indigenous people all over the world to carry heavy supplies you never thought possible.

Hang bags of supplies or jars of water on either side of the pole or stick, putting a stopper like a notch or tie on both ends so they don't fall off. Place the center of the stick over your shoulders and balance your load to your destination.

8. Club

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Use your survival stick like a club to knock obstacle down. A pillar of rocks or other objects may be on your way and a sturdy stick can help you safely knock those.

If you are in a building with glass doors or windows or inside a car, you can break the glass with a stick. Make to knock over pieces around your entrance or exit with the stick, too.

9. Fishing Rod

You only need to bring a fishing kit and your survival stick will make a good fishing rod. Tie a line on one end of your walking stick and fish away.

A DIY fishing pole is actually effective and many a fish has been caught this way.

As you guys and gals already know, I am a stickler for carrying things only if they have multiple uses. This guy managed to fit almost an entire survival kit into a walking stick he built from scratch, for under $20.00.

Check out this video from SOS 2054 I found, and find out for yourself, too:

A humble walking stick will indeed surprise you with what it can do for your defense, convenience, safety, and survival. Since you know now the practical and survival uses of this primitive multi-purpose tool, it won't surprise me if it lands a top spot on your list of survival tools for camping, hiking, or SHTF.

What other uses can you think of for carrying a “survival stick”? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 11, 2013, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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