Shipping Knives with USPS, UPS, and FedEx | Overview

Shipping knives is something many companies do. Depending on the carrier you choose to ship with, there are a few restrictions. Generally, when shipping anything that can be harmful to others, it's best to choose a service that offers more up-to-date tracking information. Find out how easy it is to track shipments when using ShippingEasy.

Some exceptions to shipping knives are switchblades, which are mechanical knives that open automatically. These are much more heavily restricted. Learn more about shipping switchblades.

Read on for more information regarding carriers supported by ShippingEasy:


Shipping knives with USPS is allowed, as long as it is legal in the place to which you are shipping.

Knives are defined as sharp-pointed or sharp-edged instruments such as knives, tools, ice picks, and razor blades.

  • They have to be securely packaged in a container that will protect the carriers from harm. Learn more about ShippingEasy's packing tips.
  • It’s recommended to have two layers of protection.
  • Make sure the material is securely fixed inside with either proper amounts of packing filler such as packing peanuts or other material so that it doesn’t move around during normal Postal Service handling.
There should be no markings on the package which indicate its contents.

Learn more about USPS' regulations.


UPS currently has no restriction on shipping knives. In general, it’s best to follow the proper procedure and make sure the knives are securely isolated and in the safest possible position (closed, the sheath on, etc.). Review UPS's List of Prohibited Articles for Shipping.


FedEx Cross Border is unable to ship prohibited and non-approved restricted items on behalf of its customers.  Review the complete list of FedEx's Global Prohibited and Restricted Items.

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