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Knives policy

Only knives that follow our rules can be listed on eBay. No other knives are allowed.

We take our role in community safety seriously, and in accordance with government regulations and international laws, we prohibit the sale of certain knives on our site.

What is the policy?

The following or similar types of knives aren't allowed:

  • Automatic knives
  • Butterfly knives
  • Dual-action knives
  • Gravity knives
  • Out-the-front knives
  • Paratrooper knives
  • Push knives
  • Switchblade knives
  • Sword canes
  • Spring-assisted knives where there is no manual movement by a thumb stud or screw clearly visible on the blade
  • Hidden or disguised knives such as writing pen knives or belt buckle knives

Sellers can list the following type of knives:

  • All types of knives not in the previous list are allowed. The listing must also follow our international trading policy. For example, the sale of knives on eBay.co.uk and eBay.ie is prohibited with limited exceptions

Activity on eBay is required to follow this policy, the eBay User Agreement and all applicable laws, as well as respect the rights of third parties. If it doesn’t, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: Removing the listing or other content, issuing a warning, restricting activity or account suspension.

Visit Seller Help - opens in new window or tab to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps ensure that important government regulations are followed.

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