It can be (and sometimes is) argued that everything is political, but unlike discussions of rights that are pretty closely related to knives as a tool and hobby (I'd call both knife rights and gun right questions pretty relevant, at least in the US where both are still mostly legal), other partisan political stances tend to be deeply polarizing and not germane to our interest in knives. Being that most of us can agree on supporting the right to pursue out interest in knives, it doesn't cause friction even if the arguments may fit into a partisan narrative. OTOH, other topics related to politics are not productive to our common interest and tend to spiral into infighting and lead to personal attacks which I think we agree are not in the spirit of this forum. So agreed, these can absolutely be considered political and in a different forum might also lead to infighting. Here, though, they interestingly lead to unity and educating forum members in how to keep their interests as a safe and legal hobby.