Frank FosterThe American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) is encouraging residents of Michigan to contact their state representatives about pending legislation that would remove the switchblade ban and reduce a ban on fixed-blade knives in the state, according to a press release from AKTI.

If this legislation passes, it would make Michigan one of many states to reverse the switchblade ban and properly clarify the definition of a gravity knife, something which has caused confusion and inconsistencies in enforcement (see NYC).

“HB 5544 provides clarity and simplicity for citizens of this State, visitors, especially those involved in the outdoor pursuits, as well as law enforcement, with respect to knives,” said Michigan state Rep. Frank Foster in the press release (pictured right). “It eliminates archaic terms, such as dirk and stiletto, and makes clear that a violation of the law occurs if a person with criminal intent carries any knife.”

Along with repealing the ban on switchblades, the legislation would also lessen the ban on fixed-blade knives. It would make the law more amenable to hunters, fishermen, hikers and those who use fixed blades for work.

“I carry a knife with me each day. Under the current law, I, and, I believe most of the men who work and spend much time outdoors in northern lower Michigan, are potential felons – just for possessing a knife!” said Michigan Attorney Peter O’Rourke. “As a citizen of Michigan, I thank AKTI for following through on this issue, and Frank Foster and staff for addressing a seriously flawed law.”

If you live, work or go to Michigan frequently, AKTI urges you to contact your state representative and encourage them to vote yes on HB 5544.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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