Pocket Knives

It is legal to own any type of knife in Tennessee including automatic, ballistic, switchblade, butterfly and “assisted opening” knives. There are no restrictions on the blade length of any knife being carried. Further, Tennessee makes no distinction between open and concealed carry of knives. Nor does it make a distinction between fixed blade and folding knives. Generally, the only exceptions to the unrestricted carrying of a knife in Tennessee concern carrying a knife on school property and the “intent to go armed.”