Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Texas as of late has recently repealed its classifications of "illegal knife" and went in favor of "location restricted" which pretty much follows the same rules governing handgun carry (schools, bars, churches, etc) Specifically of interest is the removal of wording concerning stabbing instruments, daggers, spears, and some therein specific stuff that generally landed in two major classifications http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm 10:46.01 ... (6) "Location-restricted knife" means a knife with a blade over five and one-half inches. (7) "Knife" means any bladed hand instrument that is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person with the instrument. So it would seem that something VERY easily concealable that employed something like an expanding broadhead with a 2+" cutting radius in something like a retractable sheath (picture like a cross between a small spear and a Hollywood knife that collapses back into the handle) would be completely legal, not only to carry, but to carry just about anywhere. It would have a shaft that allowed for much deeper than 5.5" penetration, and actual blades that combined would be less that 5.5", very light, and as concealable as (even resembling) a tactical pen. Yes I know tactical pen cracks me up too, but that is what they call them.... I did some googling on similar type weapons, and I cannot find anything that would make it prohibited. Since by nature these things are designed to do damage and drop large game on tissue damage and blood loss, as a rapid deploy, inconspicuous, and potentially effective weapon, does anyone have any comment on why someone would not want to be caught in questionable possession of such a thing? Assuming what is not prohibited by law is permissible...? I also welcome comments on effectiveness, as a hand's sticking energy vs speed and or kinetic energy of an arrow for delivery of the same weapon type? I know the logistics of knife fighting vs what would be a very specific tasked weapon here, but in a very quick to go down self defense situation being able to cut a deep wide hole fast where one could not otherwise legally carry a functional or preferable alternative, it is intriguing to me... I do not like to even come close to the "try and arrest me I know my rights!" of legal defense, specifically because it could challenge my greater rights which I value more, so this is purely hypothetical curiosity and would like to see what a larger communities comments would be. Like any LEOs that would be willing to comment on "what would you do?" type discussion?