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Aug 14, 2007 07:41 PM

How to pack a nice knife for travel

I'll be going on a camping trip this weekend and want to bring along my Wusthoff chef's knife for campfire kitchen duty. Any thoughts on how I should pack it so I don't dull the blade and/or slice myself open while I lug it? (In a scabbard around my waist? =)

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  1. Many kitchen shops & BB&B type stores sell plastic knife guards. They are blade shaped and hinged to lock over the blade leaving the handle exposed.

    Worst case fold cardboard into a sleeve, place knife inside, then wrap a dishcloth around & secure with a rubberband.

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    1. re: meatn3

      Brilliant invention, knife guards. Believe it or not, I didn't know these existed. Thanks!

      1. re: meatn3

        Why is a cardboard scabbard the worst case?

        1. re: FrankJBN

          It's not as secure, with things jostling about the blade could be exposed resulting in nicks on flesh or on steel! Based this on my camping experiences where anything that can go wrong generally does...:) However, I used the cardboard method when transporting gear to lessons/demos prior to finding nice guards & never had a problem, except a few times "helpers" threw out the cardboard.

      2. You could go to Wally World or an auto store and buy car door edging strip. Just cut it to length and put it on the blade edge. Carefully!! If you think it might fall off, a couple of rubber bands or some tape should do the trick.

        1. I use plastic tubing to siphon wort (beer) when homebrewing. The tubing is hard to clean so I rarely reuse it. It's also tough, so when slit and rubber banded over a knife edge, provides great protection for me, my luggage, and my knives. It works well with my razor edged chinese cleaver and all other knives. You can find the food safe tubing in many places.

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          1. re: Phood

            That's incredibly innovative--thank you. Does it dull the blade?

          2. Google "knife guard".