Carrying a knife abroad?
But these days, I know they wouldn't let me on an airplane carrying one. I also don't know what the laws are overseas regarding this.
What do travelers do? Buy a cheap utility knife on arrival and toss it before taking off again?
Over the years, I have picked up oodles of really cool pocket knives made locally.
1) get a small, disposable bag to check things not allowed on many planes, ie knives.
2) buy a knife after you arrive, and toss it (or gift it) before you go home.
3) just don't take a knife. remember that the legality of things like knives vary GREATLY from place to place, and one of the countries you go to may not allow it, or it may even be illegal. also, USING a knife (even in self-defense) is often a bad idea as many jurisdictions classify them as "lethal weapons" which carry vastly different sentences, even in the case of self-defense.
if you decide you must take a knife, PLEASE research thoroughly the legality of the places you are going to.
on another note, there are many other odd laws concerning things that are generally considered common items. as an example, many motorcycle gloves have a knuckle guard made of carbon fiber, hard plastic, or other things. in most jurisidictions of the USA, these are considered "deadly weapons" and thus, if you punch someone with one on, your charge goes from a simple "assault" charge to "assault with a deadly weapon" which has a vastly increased sentence; also, in many cases if you for instance are attacked by someone barehanded and defend yourself with a "deadly weapon", you can still be charged as you are considered to have defended yourself with "unnecessary force". just things to keep in mind.
Never leave home without one and it's not a weapon, it's a tool that I use often. Therefor I check my bag. The buy one there option is considered but I prefer a high quality knife to some cheap thing that'd you most likely end up with if buying once 'there'.
I check in into a small bag when I fly. If it gets lost, no big deal.
back on the legal mumbo jumbo, a few examples for common countries people visit and how the laws are almost the exact opposite:
in Germany (as of feb 08), butterfly and switchblade knives are among those which are expressly illegal to even possess. additionally, locking folders with one-handed lock mechanisms are illegal.
in Japan, any knife longer than 15cm total, 6cm blade is illegal EXCEPT butterflies and switchblades. similarly contrary to germany's laws, in japan it's blades WITH one-handed lock mechanisms that are legal. also, in japan you MUST conceal knives, whereas in many other countries you CANNOT conceal them.
this is just an example of how two modern industrial countries can have almost completely contradictory knife laws.
oooohhhh! life is sweet!
It is not something we used much at home.
We actually have carried it with us a few times on flights with carryon by accident. Oops. Forgot some liquids and other things too. Oops.
Easy to forget, we have a kid to distract us.
Hasn't been a problem, but I recommend putting it in checked baggage or buying there.
I am always doing that
which I can not do,
in order that
I may learn how to do it.
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