In addition to the national laws, we have certain local laws, which differ per municipality. These aren't always easy to find and even if you do, they're not always clear. Plus they're written in Dutch. So we'll try to clear up one or two misunderstandings regarding the local laws in Amsterdam.
"In certain parts of Amsterdam, public order is seriously disrupted by the presence of drug addicts and hard drug dealers, or other behaviors that lead to serious public order disruption or the fear of it. In the areas mentioned there are a large number of weapon incidents where knives and other stabbing weapons are used.
Therefore, in view of article 2.5 of the General Local Regulation, the mayor has decided: That in the following areas it is forbidden to carry knives or other objects that can be used as a stabbing weapon, unless they are packed in such a way that they can not be used for immediate use. The ban applies until 1 July 2019".
So there are certain area's (in central, South-east and East Amsterdam) where all sharp objects are forbidden to carry. Even screwdrivers, nail files and cute little baby swiss-army knives fit this description.
You are, however, allowed to transport them, which means the knife has to be packaged in such a manor that it's not directly accessible for use. So, since our shop is located in the city centre, everything we sell gets wrapped up for transport.
You can check out this information on the official site here. You'll also find the various maps available for download.
Or if you want you can download the latest version of the actual map of the city centre area below.