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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 that doesn't follow eBay policy could result in a range of actions including for example: administratively ending or canceling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results, lowering seller rating, buying or selling restrictions, and account suspension. All fees paid or payable in relation to listings or accounts on which we take any action will not be refunded or otherwise credited to your account.

Visit Seller Help 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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