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    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. Please see the related information section to view the leaflet and the voluntary agreement by retailers.

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