Swiss Army...tool


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Jan 3, 2003
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Victorinox will produce a Swiss Army Knife without a knife blade. They will keep making SAKs, but will add knifeless models.
Now you have me wondering about using a torx bit to remove blades (leatherman) while flying and putting them back once I get there?

Would think every one at TSA would still "see pocket knife".
As a related side-trip I had occasion to enter a courtroom and forgot I had a small spyderco (manbug) and a set of keys. I gave the knife to the nice security officer who stored it for me in a desk drawer. She questioned my "other knife" which was one of these. I had to open it and explain "only keys, no blades" and was allowed to proceed.
Hopefully the bladeless SAK might have a file.
Hopefully! To me, a file in a SAK would be a heck of a lot more useful than a corkscrew. I mean really - does anyone ever use the corkscrew in their SAK? I pull the cork from a bottle of wine occationally, but I've never once pulled a cork when I was somewhere where the only corkscrew available was in a SAK.
BTW, I carried a Victorinox "Swiss Army" boy scout knife for years and used it every day. I now carry a Victorinox multitool (that I forgot the name of), and I use it every day too. Neither the boy scout knife nor the multitool have a corkscrew though - there's a corkscrew (or three) in the kitchen for crying out loud! ;)
Cruise ships also, I got caught with a Leatherman and they held it for me while we were at sea, didn.t say anything about the CRKT in my duffle bag :)
I wonder if even those would be OK with TSA.
TSA has rules and if shown there's no stabby/cutty part their rules would pass the pliers.
Problem is you have to get the awl and saw as well as any knife blades off.
Better to just check the multi-tool and carry something made without a blade and not risk loosing any parts.
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TSA generally bans tools that may intimidate, injure or cut. I can see potential issues with corkscrews, pointed files, scissors, and even can openers. As noted above and in other threads, individual TSA personnel have wide latitude. Any new solution would likely require accompanying documentation to be presented to examiners, who don't respond well to challenges or delays. Some might feel that resembling a SAK is intimidating.
Scissors with blades less than 4" from pivot are OK for carry-on per the site, but I have to wonder if pointed scissors would be permitted. Swiss army knives are currently prohibited unless they have a rounded, non-serrated blade. Butter knives are not prohibited in carry-on, nor corkscrews although many have foil-cutters.
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I think that's a good idea. I'd like a TSA approved SAK. Or anywhere that knives are banned.
Likely any multi tool, even without a knife, will still be banned from air travel, so doubt this will make them legal for TSA.
Likely any multi tool, even without a knife, will still be banned from air travel, so doubt this will make them legal for TSA.

There are bladeless multi tools that TSA has no problem with. The aforementioned Vic Jetsetter and the Gerber 600 bladeless are "inexpensive" examples.




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just stop looking for some things
I don't. I know that information is out there and how we phrase a search often determines whether we're successful or not. rust collector knows how to phrase searches to get results as do I, but you first have to know that you can find the information if you make the effort.
Not a popular view, I know, but I've gotta say, not only have I never seen the attraction to the Swiss Army Knife, I have never liked the Swiss Army knives. I've owned several, which I never used (except that one time camping with this chick when we needed to open a bottle of wine, never mind).

I will still travel with my Leatherman Wave or Gerber multi-tool and a real knife (or several). In my checked baggage.

And I think Victorinox (and presumably, Wenger to follow) is simply caving in to the anti-knife wave of PC and wokeness that started in the UK and is now spreading through the rest of Europe (and Australia).