Kitchen knife allowed in checked in luggage?

redbatz

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Sorry if this is a dumb question. Can you carry a sealed kitchen knife in checked in luggage. I bought it for my nephew (as it was suggested he likes things for the kitchen). I know of course cant take in carry on - but family members telling me he cant take at all . Its not a huge knife, I just assumed it was able to be put in with checked luggage ? Ive tried googling etc but cant find an answer. He and family returning to Qld tomorrow. It was suggested maybe I post it instead?
 

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Sorry if this is a dumb question. Can you carry a sealed kitchen knife in checked in luggage. I bought it for my nephew (as it was suggested he likes things for the kitchen). I know of course cant take in carry on - but family members telling me he cant take at all . Its not a huge knife, I just assumed it was able to be put in with checked luggage ? Ive tried googling etc but cant find an answer. He and family returning to Qld tomorrow. It was suggested maybe I post it instead?
Son took a Japanese carving knife in checked in baggage which was a wedding present, on EK about three years ago.
 

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Sorry if this is a dumb question. Can you carry a sealed kitchen knife in checked in luggage. I bought it for my nephew (as it was suggested he likes things for the kitchen). I know of course cant take in carry on - but family members telling me he cant take at all . Its not a huge knife, I just assumed it was able to be put in with checked luggage ? Ive tried googling etc but cant find an answer. He and family returning to Qld tomorrow. It was suggested maybe I post it instead?
Yes. No problem.
 

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I've brought a lot of "sharp things" via my checked baggage: axes, knives, blades and even a garden machete. One of my favourites is the axe from Skelleftea in Sweden. The only problem with the Customs Officer was the fur it is sitting on which is reindeer. I don't usually declare the tools, but in this case because of the fur I did. DSCN0640 (002).jpg
 

redbatz

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Thanks for replies. I ended up ringing qantas baggage and person took a while to read through Ts and Cs and suggested it could be ok but maybe for them to email dangerous goods to let them know. In the end, as my family had other complications with booking had to sort out when they got there ( could not get through to call centre!) , decided did not want any further complications so left it with me and I will post it to them. But thanks again, cheers!
 

jb747

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If it's in your checked luggage, there's unlikely to be any issue with the airline. Customs at the other end could be though. UK customs took the knife I carried for slicing up bread and cheese...just a standard small serrated kitchen knife. I always wondered whether the agent concerned had simply forgotten his own knife (for lunch), as it had been a regular traveler for years.
 

OZDUCK

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There is a nice little checklist on the ABF site about what weapons, including knives, are restricted. If you click on the description of each item it gives a definition and examples of what is banned /allowed. As others have said, a genuine single edged kitchen knife is not a problem long as it is declared. This is a far better guide than what I had to work with back in the 1990's when I was answering public queries about weapons

 

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