Toy or novelty knives, are knives that are manufactured, designed, labelled or marketed to children under fourteen years of age. They contain rigid metal blades that users can pull out for use and push back in and may be sold individually or in stationery and art/craft sets. They are sometimes called mini-cutters. The knives can include but are not limited to:
"Pooh & Piglet Cutter"
"Morning Glory Cutter 500"
"Sylvester Jr." cutter
"Pooh-Winnie the Pooh" cutter
"Tank Pigo's Gang W500" cutter
While these knives are intended for children's activities, children lack the dexterity and experience to operate them safely. The rigid retractable blade can cause cuts, lacerations and puncture injuries that could require surgery. Children are at great risk if they are playing with these knives without close and constant supervision from an adult.
There is a permanent ban on supply of certain toy and novelty knives.
A permanent ban on undeclared knives or cutters in packaged children's art, craft and stationery sets was declared on 1 February 2011. This page includes information on hazards and how to comply with the ban.