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How do chefs travel (fly) with their knives?

The knives are too expensive to pack in one's checked luggage.
Can't carry them on, so how do you do it?


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    1. You just have to check them and hope they don't get lost. No way in hell they're going to let you take them in carry-on. Have them insured if you're worried.

      Also, this thread should probably be in "General Topics" - not really a specific issue to New Yorkers...

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      1. re: sgordon

        Gordon, don't you know that the only "real" chefs are in NYC? ;-)

        1. re: sgordon

          Why do you think this thread is for New Yorkers??

          1. re: sandylc

            Because it started on the Manhattan board and was moved here.

            1. re: sandylc

              Because it was originally posted on the Manhattan board and later moved here. Without the usual parenthetical note in the title, which is strange.

          2. I travel with my knives all the time, I put them in my suitcase under the plane.

            1. If you're that uncomfortable with checked baggage, you could ship by insured carrier ahead of time (Fed Ex, etc).

              1. Yes, obviously they're either checked or shipped. Whatever you do for a living you always insure your gear. Simply the cost of doing business and a deductible business expense.

                1. What to do with them? The same thing that professional photographers, professional athletes, scientists, salesmen, hunters, hikers, fishermen... uh, you get the point... do with their equipment. You check it through. Knives are are certainly not the most expensive things I've sent through with the baggage. The onus is on you to insure your luggage.

                  1. Maybe checked luggage?


                    1. Charter your own flight. Problem solved.

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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Good point. NetJets never asks me what I have in my luggage. They just pack it, right from the trunk of my auto.