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How to pack a nice knife for travel

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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".

              1. The door edging and food-grade tubing are cheap solutions that work well UNLESS the knife is going to get bumped around. Then, there's at least a chance that the blade will be pushed through the edge guard, endangering not just the blade but everything and everyone around it. A knife guard that covers the blade completely eliminates this risk--a push to the back of the blade moves the entire guard, and thus doesn't create increased pressure between the edge of the blade and the inside of the guard.

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                1. re: alanbarnes

                  A knife guard it is. Thanks, all of you!

                2. I would just wrap a dish towel around it. Should be fine.


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                  1. re: Davwud

                    That's what I do when traveling with my knife to kitchens sans decent knives - works perfectly well.

                    1. re: MMRuth

                      really? doesn't dull the blade? i love my wusthoff like a child and it would cause me great pain were it to come to harm. =)

                      1. re: cimui

                        How would sitting in a towel hurt it? I have to confess that I am not the best caretaker a knife could have.

                        1. re: MMRuth

                          My thought was that the fabric rubbing along the edge could dull the blade. Even paper dulls the edge. (My sister almost banished her BF from her apt, once, when he used her most cherished knife to slit open a letter.)

                          1. re: cimui

                            Well if paper and linen would dull the edge, what would rubber or plastic do??
                            For that matter, what about the wood in a knife block.

                            FWIW, when I take my knives in for sharpening, they compliment me on my method of transporting them. In a dish towel.


                          2. re: MMRuth

                            The amount of damage a towel can do is far less than the damage that knife goes through on a daily basis. Just sharpen it even if it dulls a very small touch :)

                          3. re: cimui

                            If you love it so much and are worried about it, why not leave it at home?

                      2. Go to this link at Cook's Illustrated, which reviews their pick of the best knife guard:


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                        1. re: Bob Brooks

                          I have wrapped the blade in tin foil making sure to bring it part way up the handle to assure it stays on. I then put in a food storage bag and carry it that way.

                          1. re: MeffaBabe

                            Better make sure the knife is spotlessly clean. Two metals (steel and aluminum) plus a little acid (maybe a bit of tomato on the blade?) and you've got yourself a battery. Instant corrosion!