Oh Canada? Customs Service ruling bans importation of most common folding knives

Canada bans importation folding knives

Canada Border “Services” Agency has issued a ruling which is a de facto ban on the importation of most common folders. Basically, they will apply the infamous New York City “Flick-Test” to any imported knife, declaring any knife which can be opened with centrifugal force verboten. They are calling such horrible weapons “Centrifugal Knives”. New York City calls them “Gravity Knives”. I call them common folding knives, no different than the Spyderco Endura I carried in High School.

From Canadian Border Services Agency:

Notification of Canadian International Trade Tribunal Decision on Centrifugal Opening Knives

Customs Notice 18-01

Ottawa, January 5, 2018

Revised date – Ottawa, January 10, 2018

1. This Notice is to advise interested parties that the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has rendered a decision in  Appeal No. AP-2017-012, T. LaPlante v. President of the Canada Border Services Agency regarding knives which open automatically by centrifugal force (centrifugal knives).

2. In accordance with subsection 84(1) of the Criminal Code and the CITT’s recent decision in T. LaPlante, the CBSA resolves that centrifugal knives will be classified as prohibited weapons if the following conditions are met:

  1. a knife has a blade that opens by centrifugal force, when the blade is released from the handle into the fully ejected and locked position with a simple and brisk outwardly flick of the wrist; and
  2. it includes knives that require some preliminary or simultaneous minimal manipulation of either a flipper or other non-edged parts of the blade.

3. Please be advised that the CBSA will immediately prohibit the importation of all knives by an individual that open as per the CITT’s decision. Importation by a business is permitted if a Firearms Business Licence has been presented with import – prohibited weapon, listed as a business activity on the licence. For more detailed information concerning the decision, please consult the decision posted on the Tribunal’s website at: CITT Appeal No. AP-2017-012.

4. The CBSA’s policy on the importation of prohibited weapons is available in Memorandum D19-13-2, Importing and Exporting Firearms, Weapons and Devices. The Memoranda D19-13-2 will be revised to reflect the CITT decision on centrifugal opening knives.


The creeping reach of knife-Fascism has opened a new front on the shores of North America, just as it is being stamped out in the States. Despite setbacks in the courts and the feckless Governor Cuomo’s back-to-back vetoes of almost unanimously passed reform legislation, New York’s Gravity Knife ban is the exception rather than the rule. In most states, knife laws are getting more free, not less. 

Unfortunately, there is not yet a Canadian equivalent of Knife Rights. Until one arises, I have no idea who will take up the torch to right this travesty.





  1. Erik says:

    Maybe things like this are the reason Never-Trumpers didn’t leave the country, like they said they would.

  2. Freeheel says:

    I have been married to a Canadian for 25 years. We visit her family once of twice a year. In the beginning I would bring her father several boxes of 16 gauge shotgun shells. They live on a farm and he uses it for raccoons and other critters. 16 gauge is difficult to find in Canada. At first it was supper easy, if the RCMP asked at the border I just told them and we were waved through. Then as time goes by it starts with we need to see it, then we need to see it and search the rest of the car, then you have to have an export form, to we are going to confiscate these and add you to a list of “suspicious people”. Now I’ve never taken a firearm into Canada but since I can’t have a pistol on me I take several folders.

    Two things from this, I guess my days of visiting Canada are over and this is a mini-model of exactly how weapon control works. In just a 25 years from easy-peasy to verboten.
    Never give an inch (2.54cm) to the anti-gunners.

  3. Sam L. says:

    VOY! Eh? Up-tight, extra-strict school-teacheristas, the lot of them!

  4. Anon in Ct says:

    So would think cover Spydercos? You can flick them, but it requires a silly amount of force, and it’s much easier and safer to use you thumb to open the blade as designed.

    When I was in the Canadian Army, pretty much everyone carried one.

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Oh Canada? Customs Service ruling bans importation of most common folding knives

button to share on facebook
button to tweet
button to share via email