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How to pack knife for (checked) air travel?

venividibitchy Apr 7, 2010 08:46 AM

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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    pengcast Apr 14, 2010 12:25 PM

    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.

    1. c oliver Apr 7, 2010 09:13 AM

      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
        roxlet Apr 10, 2010 08:48 AM

        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
          c oliver Apr 10, 2010 09:00 AM

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

          1. re: roxlet
            Bill Hunt Apr 12, 2010 08:13 PM

            A great tip! That should work quite nicely.



        2. BiscuitBoy Apr 7, 2010 08:54 AM

          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

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