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How do chefs travel (fly) with their knives?

pbjluver Oct 31, 2011 09:01 AM

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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    kathryn Oct 31, 2011 09:19 AM

    Here's what Eric Ripert does:

    1. sgordon Oct 31, 2011 09:49 AM

      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
        PotatoHouse Oct 31, 2011 10:13 AM

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

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          sandylc Oct 31, 2011 10:02 PM

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

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            small h Nov 1, 2011 05:11 AM

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

            1. re: sandylc
              small h Nov 1, 2011 05:12 AM

              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. Indirect Heat Oct 31, 2011 10:15 AM

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

            1. babette feasts Oct 31, 2011 10:23 AM

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

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                acgold7 Oct 31, 2011 11:29 AM

                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.

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                  velochic Oct 31, 2011 02:57 PM

                  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. Bill Hunt Oct 31, 2011 07:44 PM

                    Maybe checked luggage?


                    1. ipsedixit Oct 31, 2011 10:01 PM

                      Charter your own flight. Problem solved.

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                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        Bill Hunt Oct 31, 2011 10:23 PM

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


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