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Bring some knives on vacation?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Ruudr, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. Ruudr


    Jul 1, 2010

    I have a question. 15 november I go on a working vacation for 1 year to Curaçao. :) (I live in The Netherlands) I will bring a few knives from my collection with me, for practical issues. Like my SAK Tool Spitit for repair and stuff. Do they make a fuss on the airport if I pack my knives in my suitcase? (Not my hand luggage) I think I will pack 8 knives.


    Last edited: Oct 14, 2010
  2. freedoom


    Jan 31, 2010
    they generally don't care if you put knives in your checked luggage but i can't speak for flying between countries as i usually only fly within the united states.
  3. Tony8179


    Feb 20, 2008
    I only bring one folder and one multi tool when I fly to my vacation destination. I've never had a problem with them packed in my stowed luggage.
  4. Habbekuk


    Mar 15, 2009
    I´ve flown out of Amsterdam Airport dozens of times over the last few years, always with 2-4 folders in my checked luggage. Never had any problem.
    I've never been to Curacao, so I do not know if getting them back to the Netherlands will be a problem. Probably not, I have never had any problems with checked luggage at many airports.
    I did have a hard time however with a dutch customs officier coming back in after I had spontaneously decided in China to start a collection of chinese folders. I carried 16 I think. In the end they got through.
  5. Ruudr


    Jul 1, 2010
    Wow 16, I don't think I will bring along that many. But overall thanks for the posts. I think I will take 8 knifes with me. Your'e also Dutch?

  6. veubent


    Apr 26, 2009
    Shouldnt be a problem, I flew home from Sweden through Amsterdam with about 20 Moras and a Granfors Bruks small forrest axe in my luggage. :D

  7. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    Sometimes 20 knives and one axe can be less suspicious than one knife.
  8. RafaelHerschel


    Jun 19, 2010
    You might want to check with the airline before you go, just to be sure.

    I never had a problem, but be careful with new knives on the way back. Especially if you take a few with you.

    I was asked to pay tax on a watch (mint condition in a box and I had another watch on my wrist) when I returned to The Netherlands after a vacation. (In the end I could convince customs that I had purchased the watch in The Netherlands and not abroad.)

    It shouldn’t be a problem with Curacao though.
  9. sweet_hitch-hiker


    Apr 12, 2009
    ive packed knives in my checked in luggage, (flying is usa only), but i have heard stories of people having them stolen
  10. Bumppo


    Jan 27, 2006
    Check with the airlines, check with your destination.
    Pack your knives in a clear box if possible.
    Mark them clearly. Post a list of which knives are in the box, keep a copy with you.
    I found when a list is packed with the knives, none have mysteriously disappeared.
  11. unit


    Nov 22, 2009
    You could ship the items (with insurance) to yourself if you have any theft concerns (or any other concerns)

    Either way if they are legal in both departure and destination location it should not matter other than theft by a bag handler or others with access to your bag.
  12. link2derek


    Oct 8, 2010
    That was my line of thinking too. I'd probably pack 4 and ship 4 (there's a saying, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket!").
  13. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    To preclude knife theft from checked luggage, turn your knife into a kit. Put the blade in one suitcase and the handle in another. Put the screws, springs, spacers, etc. in your pocket. Most thieves are lazy opportunists. Don't fly with your best stuff or heirlooms. Have a great trip!

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