Q720: I sell knives in my shop. Can I sell them to young people?

It is illegal to sell knives to anyone under the age of 18. (Note that in Scotland there is an exception allowing those that are 16 years old or over to buy kitchen knives.)

The general ban includes any knife, knife blade, razor blade or axe and includes any other article which has a blade or which is sharply pointed and which is made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person.

There are a number of things you can do to ensure you and your staff are complying with the law and there is a useful home office leaflet. Use the link on the right side of this page to go look at the leaflet.

There is guidance with regards to legislation of the selling on Knives on the Scottish Government Website.

In addition, please also see the link regarding the voluntary agreement by retailers.

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