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Apr 7, 2010 08:46 AM

How to pack knife for (checked) air travel?

I am moving via air travel, and need to somehow get my chef's knife in my checked luggage without ruining the knife, or anything else in my bag.

The airline says it's okay to pack knives in checked luggage. I'm already anticipating the weird looks I'll get, but I think it's worth it. I use my knife pretty much daily.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Make cardboard scabbards for them, a strip of tape around the knife's heel to keep it from slipping off. Or even 2 layers of newspaper wrapped around the blade, same tape trick. When transporting my handsaws, I just fold a strip of electrical tape around the teeth...Would also work for your knives, just include the point too

    1. I wrap in a hand towel and then wrap some tape around it. Never had a problem.

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      1. re: c oliver

        I did the same, minus the tape, and had no problems. You can also buy knife rolls at any kitchen supply store.

        1. re: roxlet

          To be honest, I only used tape once. My suitcase is packed so tight, nothing's going to move around.

          1. re: roxlet

            A great tip! That should work quite nicely.



        2. I just took a smallish kitchen knife with me to Hawaii so I could have fruit from breakfast in my room. I wrapped the knife in a dishcloth and put it is a plastic bag. It was checked and no problem.