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Legality of Balisong Trainer in CA?

Discussion in 'Knife Laws' started by Atractaspis, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Atractaspis


    Jan 14, 2012
    I've searched here and elsewhere online for an answer to the following question. I've seen a few personal opinions on the matter, but no definitive answer. Can someone that actually knows the answer please enlighten me to the legality of balisong trainers in CA? I assume they are legal to possess in one's home (since the general concensus is that actual balisongs are legal to possess in one's home) but what is the legality of carrying one (a trainer) in public? Thanks in advance for whatever information one can provide.
  2. matt_b


    Jul 4, 2008
    Trainers are legal to carry in Cali. I live in Cali and carry one here and there. Issues arise when you have a trainer that looks exactly like a real knife. If you pick a a trainer that looks somewhat toy-ish (like a squiddy or mako) nobody should really bother you.
  3. Knife_Collector_101


    Sep 21, 2018
    California's law regarding switchblades and balisongs is you can own and collect them privately but the only kinds you can carry in public are ones that have blades that are under two inches. Since a bali trainer technically isn't a knife, you're probably okay to carry them as long as you're responsible with them.
  4. ShadyMethods

    ShadyMethods Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 9, 2016
    In the eyes of the law, a trainer is basically a toy. If your trainer is a dulled live blade, then you will have some issues but if it has cutouts in the blade and/or no sharpenable edge, you'll be fine carrying it around.

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