Fixed blades in Ohio

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    Fixed blades in Ohio

    Ok, I've read what i can find on ohio knife laws. From what I understand you cannot carry a deadly weapon CONCEALED other than a handgun (w/ proper permit). So folders that you can reasonably say are used as a tool are ok.

    Where does this leave fixed blades? Are there any laws against open carry or a fixed blade? or restrictions on size/style?
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    As used in sections 2923.11 to 2923.24 of the Revised Code:

    (A) “Deadly weapon” means any instrument, device, or thing capable of inflicting death, and designed or specially adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried, or used as a weapon.
    (A) No person shall knowingly carry or have, concealed on the person’s person or concealed ready at hand, any of the following:

    (1) A deadly weapon other than a handgun;
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    It's always been my understanding that fixed blades were a no-no, unless you had a good reason, like if you are hunting.

    Some cities have their own knife laws too.
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    I am not a lawyer, but here's what I found..............

    http://knife-expert.com/oh.txt

    Hope this helps.
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    Ballistic Knife, Switchblade Knife, Spring blade Knife, Gravity Knife, or similar weapon are illegal. An ordinary pocket knife that is not possessed, carried or used as a weapon is not a "deadly weapon"
    Many cities have 2 1/2" length Max.
    Got that from handgunlaw.us

    My other quotes in the previous post were from Ohio code.
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    Are there any Ohio LEOs on the board? I dont really have any need to carry a fixed blade... just curious about the legality if I chose to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C9H13NO3 View Post
    Got that from handgunlaw.us

    My other quotes in the previous post were from Ohio code.
    spring blade? would that be the same as spring assisted? like the one thats in my pocket right now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bfunk View Post
    Are there any Ohio LEOs on the board? I dont really have any need to carry a fixed blade... just curious about the legality if I chose to.
    There are one or two of them around here. But legal advice on the internet is what you pay for it Bfunk. I just stick with a good folder in my pocket, and have never had any issues with it regardless off the blade length, even when I have had a couple of interactions with cops and they know about it.
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    yep very vague... anything can be a deadly weapon... I guess I can't conceal my car keys or put my hands in my pockets
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    Lawriter - ORC - 2923.11 Weapons control definitions. has an extensive list of prohibited weapons. I didn't see any reference made specifically to fixed blade knives.

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    If you want a great sub-2-1/2" bladed knife of the fixed blade variety I would go with a Spyderco Swick. Top notch steel, shaving sharp out of the box, great grip when compared to the older alternative designs of similar type, and only $40 plus shipping. Add an excellent sheath from Scott Gere for $21 shipped and you'll be good to go for a lifetime of use.

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