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Swiss knife laws?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by jparham, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. jparham

    jparham Well-Known Member

    I will be leaving for Switzerland later this week, and need advice on what knives to take, and where I can carry them.

    I was planning on taking an SAK, not just because I'll be in Switzerland, but because they are fantastic tools.

    I was also planning on taking my Buck 301 stockman, for a dedicated cutter.

    First of all, what are the knife carrying laws in Switzerland? Blade length, lock or not, etc? What are the places you can't carry one?

    Can you carry one, in your pocket, on a train? If not, would it be okay to carry a knifeless one on a train? Could you carry one on a train if it was in your bag? Or a bag from a knife shop?

    (Please respond as quickly as possible- I am leaving very soon, and need to know as soon as possible)

    Thanks in advance
  2. jparham

    jparham Well-Known Member

  3. col_tapiocca

    col_tapiocca Well-Known Member

    Dagger and any knife with two cuttig edge are not allowed.
    One hand operated knife with locking mechanism are not in accordance with existing laws.
    I don't know what a SAK is but the Buck 301 stockmann is a two hands operated knife and looks like a swiss army knife. Therefore you can carry it anywhere in Switzerland.
    Most male carry a pocket knife here.

    You don't need to bring a knife from the USA you can buy one here:)

    Greetings from Switzerland!
  4. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    That's an excellent idea (except for the exchange rate).

    What if he brings a new knife with the box, would there be an opportunity to trade for something that isn't readily available over here?
  5. jparham

    jparham Well-Known Member

    Thanks Col, and yes, I was planning on buying a knife over there. Not sure what, though. Maybe a fixed blade hunter with nice stag, if I can find one. Anyone know any good knifestores around Verbier.

    SAK is just short for Swiss Army Knife.

    HSO, ad for the exchange rates, it helps when your father works for a Swiss firm and you can charge franks to the credit card without having to pay a conversion rate.
  6. eyeforaneye

    eyeforaneye New Member

    I'd get one there, but be sure to mail it home
  7. jparham

    jparham Well-Known Member

    I'm checking luggage.

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