Thanks for your help killgar you’ve always answered my California law related questions.51 year resident of California here.
Yes, a push dagger is considered a "dirk or dagger" under California law. And yes, it's legal to openly carry them, and always illegal to carry them conceald. Also, some cities and counties have blade length limits on openly carried knives (like Los Angeles).
Any fixed-blade capable of being used as a stabbing weapon is considered a "dirk or dagger" under California state law.
Killgar, not arguing here. I read the law you cited in another thread and I thought there are exceptions? ringed karambits, knifes that don't look like knifes, cane knifes, T handled knifes. You mentioned the laws were changed awhile ago and I read them but I can't make sense of it. Im confused
When I first heard of "Air gauge knife " I thought it was some kind of ballistic knife that fired by means of compressed air like a co2 cartridge. Then when I found out it was a knife disguised as a tire gauge I was like "Of all things why would you disguise a knife as a tire gauge?", the blade would have to be very narrow. Like you, I've seen knives disguised as several other things (to add to your list, hair brushes and belt buckles).“Air gauge knife (a knife disguised as a tire air gauge)”
Does this type of knife even exist? I’ve seen lots of “disguised” knives (blades concealed in pens, combs, lipstick tubes, etc.), but I’ve never come across anything resembling this so-called “air gauge knife” which is banned in California. My theory is that someone briefly made a prototype of these at one point and California legislators thought serial killers stopped along a dirt road at night faking a flat tire to lure victims might use it and they decided to pre-emptively ban them before they even made it to the market.