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Favorite pocket knife for European travel?

Old Aug 16th, 2008, 08:18 PM
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Favorite pocket knife for European travel?

I lost my little Sypderco knife that I traveled with the past several years and I need to replace it. Before I start researching - any suggestions? I like it to be a combination serrated/smooth blade - works so well cutting fresh bread, cheese, fruit, etc. And it needs to be pretty small.

Somehow I actually got through security with my little knife in a side pocket of my carry on messenger bag. I forgot that it was in there and was really surprised when I pulled it out to use it for the first time and realized that I had carried it on with me.
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Old Aug 16th, 2008, 08:18 PM
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sorry...make that "spyderco"!
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Old Aug 16th, 2008, 08:27 PM
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Where are you going? You could wait and buy a Swiss Army Knife in Switzerland.
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Old Aug 16th, 2008, 08:35 PM
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The wonderful OPINEL, it folds, has a sharp edge, inexpensive, you can buy it in stainless steel or carbon
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Old Aug 16th, 2008, 10:06 PM
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Don't buy a knife with a carbon blade. It's easier to sharpen, but imparts a taste to the fruit it cuts. Laguiole is another, if somewhat pricey option; but no serrated blade.
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Old Aug 16th, 2008, 11:30 PM
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Just realized I had my little Swiss pocketknife in my backpack on my Seattle - Amsterdam - Zürich flight. None of the security inspections noticed.
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So I've got to ask: you can carry on small pocket knives now? (I'm not talking about the forgotten, hidden pocket knives mentioned.)
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It depends on how the Discriminator is set: I went thru Newark's security with a very small Swiss Army-type knife in my pocket several times.
The same knife was confiscated by TSA screening in San Diego. It was in my carry-on
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Old Aug 17th, 2008, 06:40 AM
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I like to be prepared for any contingency, so I never leave home without this: http://www.hammacher.com/publish/74670.asp#
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Old Aug 17th, 2008, 06:49 AM
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HI C,

A Swiss Army knife.

I don't leave home without it.

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Well, my first reply when reading this was going to be "Be sure to put it in checked baggage". I think DH has had at least 5 tiny Swiss army knives taken, and I lost mine with the cork screw and other blades.
I like the opinels. Or a folding Laguiole. I use ours for a tailgating knife.
Buy a Swiss aremy knife on Amazon and save money.
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I got a dozen Taiwan Army Knives from Hammacher-Schlemmer for $5 apiece many years ago.

If I lost a Victorinox, there would be sadness for days, but these babies are expendible.
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Old Aug 17th, 2008, 11:04 AM
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Thanks all - helpful info as usual.
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Old Aug 17th, 2008, 12:43 PM
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Ira: How do you carry your knife? I am always cautious about the rules governing carry on luggage and put nothing in checked baggage that would tempt the lite fingered.
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RJD,

to discourage opportunistic thieves, use the small plastic ties for holding electric wires together. But carry small nail clippers to cut them at your arrival point.
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Old Aug 17th, 2008, 03:50 PM
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I hardly think a simple Swiss Army knife is going to have the "luggage thieves" all excited about their find!
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