I've done some of my own research on knife laws in Ohio and what it seems to boil down to is you cannot have anything on you that is considered a deadly weapon but there seems to be no specific law saying what is and what is not a deadly weapon. So considering a machete could be described as a tool and has many uses as such would this be something that if found on me would be considered legal or would it be considered a deadly weapon?
Knife laws in Ohio are vague and the statutes lack clear language and definitions. It is leagal to own a machete, but if you carry it on you , especially if you have no reason to be carrying it (on the farm, working in vegetation, etc.), and you have it concealed, there is a strong possibility you might be charged.
I don't see Machete in the definitions of a deadly weapon, but I believe it would be considered one.
Unless you are in the sugar cane business, best to stick with a legal knife.
Most likely, the machete would be considered a deadly weapon, unless you can demonstrate that it's for your occupation or job. Unless you are clearing brush on a regular basis or chopping down vegetation in other ways, it's probably best to stick to a compact folding utility knife with a 3" blade. Those generally pass muster without much trouble.
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