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CBSA Prohibition on effectively ALL folding type knives.

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[OP]
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CBSA Prohibition on effectively ALL folding type knives.

Just read on reddit that the CBSA has again overreached with their powers and prohibited ALL folding knifes, by definition changes, except for the Swiss Army type (slip joint, lock back). Started frantically searching Canadian retailers for knives that I use on a day to day basis as an IT consultant and technician and saw that this particular model is selling for lower than usual.

The Squid is a popular example of a compact folding knife that is non-threatening in appearance and utilitarian in nature but is now effectively prohibited from import, and thereby eventually sale.



Relevant Links:

House of Commons E-Petition Link

Reddit post linking to CBSA notice

Who you can contact :

Find your MP

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau's Email *I've never had any luck getting any replies from his office even canned ones

Ministry of Finance General Email

Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale Email

General CBSA contact Email This is probably useless
Last edited by turtleh on Mar 4th, 2018 7:23 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Jan 31, 2018
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+1 for pointing out what CBSA has been up to lately. Hadn't heard about that yet.
[OP]
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Jan 4, 2008
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Toronto
thedealhunter2000 wrote: Can someone please link the Reddit link on this?
https://redd.it/81cus5

https://redd.it/7ouubd

To everyone who this may affect, I guess you could write to your MP, and specifically to Bill Morneau (this guy is actually the MP for Toronto Centre where I live but his office has never even replied with pre-written replies to any of my concerns), and Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.


Also there is a petition on the House of Commons website regarding this issue (mods please if this is not allowed delete this part/post thanks) : https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Peti ... ion=e-1552Your text to link here...
[OP]
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Jan 4, 2008
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Toronto
Though it would probably be more relevant to post here,

The CBSA has changed their definition of prohibiting EFFECTIVELY all folding knives, except for the ones that lock back or slip joint (think swiss army type). The problem here is that the definition is so broad now that it covers pretty much any other kind of folding knife, multi tool, and yes also folding carpet/box cutter knives. As long as the agent can partially fold out the knife and then use wristing flicking, gravity or centrifugal force to open it the rest of the way, it is now prohibited from import. Meaning under these current rules as soon as inventory in Canada dries up, they will no longer be available.

I'm pretty sure that Husky folding carpet cutter in that hardware kit at Home Depot is not made in Saskatchewan so chances are, it's not going to come through from China anymore.

Relevant Links:

House of Commons E-Petition Link

Reddit post linking to CBSA notice

Who you can contact :

Find your MP

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau's Email *I've never had any luck getting any replies from his office even canned ones

Ministry of Finance General Email

Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale Email

General CBSA contact Email This is probably useless
Deal Guru
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Jan 10, 2008
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anyone else thought this was a specialized knife for skinning squids
Deal Addict
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I bought a CRKT flip from Amazon.ca (shipped and sold from USA retailer though) for $35 shipped. It never showed up, it's been 6 weeks.

Filed a claim with amazon, got my money back in seconds, but would have rather had the knife.

Ever time I see a flipper from Amazon.ca now with a good price, I'll probably buy. Try finding a Kershaw Speedsafe on amazon.ca now, it's almost impossible. They do have a $25 Chill they are selling for $45, but I'm not going for that inflated price.
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Jul 12, 2004
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So if we bring a knife to the states we just have to leave it there?
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Hojo wrote: So if we bring a knife to the states we just have to leave it there?
Nope. They are perfectly legal. They are abusing their power and control over people, scaring them into thinking they are.
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Jan 31, 2018
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Down the rabbit hole, where:

A bunch of scientifically-illiterate lawyers who don't care much about things they don't use personally..
re-interpret the law to add a new requirement that folding knives already partially opened by other means must not open further by centrifugal force.
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I saw a post about folding knives coming under new restrictions and I dismissed it as conspiracy theory. This is really disappointing that it's real.
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hoody123 wrote: I saw a post about folding knives coming under new restrictions and I dismissed it as conspiracy theory. This is really disappointing that it's real.
I am not a big fan of conspiracy theories myself, always apply Hanlon's razor in this regard: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."
Unfortunately, in our present-day reality, it is much easier to believe that - because of some activist bureaucrat's stupidity - the resulting abuse of power through arbitrary interpretation of the law brings forward such absurd prohibitions.
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Just like RCMP making laws up with magazine restrictions . The CBSA is joining the the game . These are things the ruling government should be dealing with . Not government employees with their own agendas .
<sig removed> by moderators . Yet no moderator told me they removed or why ?
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Sep 21, 2004
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Thanks OP for the thread. Didn't know this regarding the knives. I EDC a very small single handed knife for opening things and general utility. I recently lost a particular knife and was looking at buying a replacement. This is good to know information.
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How does this knife compare to the Husky branded ones from Home Depot that go on sale occasionally? I have the Husky ones and they're beefy and feel really sturdy with a sharp blade.
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turtleh wrote: https://redd.it/81cus5

https://redd.it/7ouubd

To everyone who this may affect, I guess you could write to your MP, and specifically to Bill Morneau (this guy is actually the MP for Toronto Centre where I live but his office has never even replied with pre-written replies to any of my concerns), and Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.


Also there is a petition on the House of Commons website regarding this issue (mods please if this is not allowed delete this part/post thanks) : https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Peti ... ion=e-1552Your text to link here...
Frig, now I'm thinking I should pick up a couple of extra Spydercos that I have for EDC just in case I lose my regulars. Man, this sucks.
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Sep 21, 2004
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elcheapoh wrote: Why does anyone need such a knife?
I don't know...maybe like:

Opening boxes, cutting plastic ties, opening envelopes, cutting wire, popping packing inserts, opening plastic packaging, cutting security tape, etc?

And that's just generally around the house.

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