A. In Texas, certain knives by their design are illegal to possess. The Texas Penal Code, Chapter 46 at Section 46.01 defines an illegal knife as (A) knife with a blade over five and one half inches; (B) hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown; (C) dagger, including, but not limited to a dirk, stiletto, and poniard; (D) bowie knife; (E) sword; or (F) spear.
A knife is further defined as any bladed hand instrument that is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person with the instrument. By Institutional Policy, IHOP 08.02.04, Possession of Weapons - illegal knives are forbidden on the premises of the university. So in summary, knives are not banned; rather illegal knives are banned from university buildings.