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Knives on planes

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by ColdSteel1, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. ColdSteel1

    ColdSteel1 New Member

    Dec 8, 2012
    I am in Japan for some months now and have begun a huge knife collection (40+ knives) Ranging from 12 inch bowies to folders. I'm nearing the time to head back the States and wondering if the Airlines will have a problem with me packing this in my CHECKED luggage on the plane.. i've searched via google but didn't find a good answer. Does anyone know if it's legal to pack a knife collection in ones checked luggage while traveling on a plane? Key word being "CHECKED" luggage obviously not carry on.. Thank you!
  2. italy4nra

    italy4nra Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    It is legal, and it is pictured (along with axes) in all carriers checkin acceptable itrms for stowed luggage. However, your biggest concern is theft. Many, if not most bags are xrayed, both outbound and inbound and that many knives could prompt a legal TSA search on entry to the USA, and possibly theft. Better to ensure, and declare a locked suitcase (as you would do if transporting firearms) and be required to declare it on entry (research duty/tax reauirements on entry). If expensive knives, then take the hassle, otherwise take the risk. I always return fromJapan with one or two high end kitchen knives and have not had one stolen. But I almost always lose a nice jacket from the same suitcase. Good luck.
  3. IlikeSA

    IlikeSA Member

    Mar 19, 2005
    Not in Japan, but I have traveled and lived in Korea, but now am back in the US. I always had more trouble getting my knives into Asian countries, not the US. Unless you are returning for good, I would leave my knives there.
  4. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Senior Member

    Jun 4, 2008
    I for one would love to see a pic of the blades you bought over there.
  5. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Senior Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Any reason not to just ship them separately?
  6. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    You're much better off shipping.

    If your knives are something more than trinkets they will be roughly handled putting the value at risk.

    If you have a lot of hard goods coming back with you in your international checked baggage they might make it through if you wrap each and then tie them together and then tit that into a clothing cacoon to keep them from banging about.
  7. bubba in ca

    bubba in ca Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    I have sent knives, uncluding a big bowie and spec plus machete to central america with no problems, but they were 1 at a time and not subject to customs duties. No problem with the airlines. TSA will open anything they think is suspect, but they just leave a little note saying they were there and have never messed anything up.

    I have never taken knives to the States, but would check with US customs as to their desires. I would probably package them (blades shrouded with cardboard and boxes taped up like some retail stores do) so as to render them unuseable as a weapon in the airport.

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