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Customs: You can't bring our double edges knives home!

Discussion in 'US Army Forum' started by Fox, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Fox

    Fox Varmit Control

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    I purchased a Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Combat folder knife at the PX and carried it on missions in Iraq. But Customs declared them illegal in the USA, so we can't bring them home with us.

    I am livid!

    A dagger may be illegal in a few states like CA, NY, and MA. But they are legal to own in most others, including my home state of WA.

    Please write your congressmen about this issue. I gave my $80 combat folder to another Joe rather than toss it in the trash with the "purchase price" that he would promise to pass it on rather than tossing it in the trash when it was his time to go home.
     
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    More bull crap, a hidden issue that the seller should have made you aware of at the time of purchase!

    It is currently ok to sell here in the USA but not bring back from over seas, pure bullcrap!
     

  3. Fox

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    I am going to write letters to my congressmen, I am going to contact some NRA reps about this issue too. We gotta turn this around.
     
  4. HogGlocker

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    I went through similar crap when I processed back stateside from Iraq.

    Is there a current protocol that prevents mailing it home?
     
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    That's surprising. I haven't checked on double-edged knives, but we are allowed to send all sorts of knives, swords, antique rifles, etc. Some of them I can't mail from my FOB, but I can do iot from a bigger one. Did you try just mailing it home?

    You know, I actually can mail a knife like your from any FOB here - it just has to be under 6" long (blade), ragrdless of whether it's double-edged. For knives over 6" I have to go to a large FOB that offers complete mail services, but I can mail a sword home if I want.
     
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    i have the same knife and I have traveled all over the place with it. I just pack it in a bag for belly loading.
     
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    Sorry about the knife. We vote for these people.
     

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  9. Fox

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    Too late now for mailing it home. I am home, the blade is gone. We need to change these laws.

    I suspect that there is no such law on a federal level, just a policy created by some officers who think the rest of the USA is like the restrictive "blue state" that they came from (ie CA, NJ, etc).
     
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    That or a totally un-American resentment in general. Not everyone likes us....the folks at JFK made that obvious when I landed there inbound from Shannon, Ireland.
     
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    Just don't get caught carrying one concealed. :supergrin:
     
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    On the knife issue, yesterday I talked to the guys doing customs inspections of duffle bags at Camp Phoenix, in Kabul. They said we can take any kind of knife or swrod we want in a checked bag - antique guns have to be mailed home, however.

    On the way over, we had a contract flight all the way to Kyrgyzstan, so we flew on a commercial plane (stewardesses, movies and all) with holstered pistols, knives and rifles laying on the floor under our seats. that was different. We just had to leave them on the plane when we got off in Iceland, Germany and Romania.
     
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    I just went thorugh customs twice (into Qatar and out of Kuwait) while coming home on R&R, with 3 knives with 10-12 inch baldes (Afghan souvenirs) and had no problems with customs - they said any knife or sword is fine, as long as it isn't a switchblade.
     
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    We brought them back from Iraq!
     
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    We brought them home, Benchmade Infidel, but they didn’t know; Spread the word to all so they can properly hide them prior to going through customs. It is pretty sad that they confiscate things that are legal in most of the county. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Well, sorry about your knife, I wrote my congress man 6 months ago about it, and welcome home!<o:p></o:p>
     
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    You cant mail blades over a certain lenght, switch blade stye, or double edged blades. Trust me I tried, in Iraq and in Kuwait, The only way is to smuggle it out, sad if you ask me.
     
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    Guys coming over for OEF should know that as of the last month or so, the rules for mailing guns home have changed. Previously any antique firearm over 100 years old was OK. Now all centerfire rifles regardless of age are forbidden for send backs; anything to be mailed home must be percussion or flintlock.
     
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    I went through customs in Kuwait last month and specifically asked the customs inspector about the 3 knives I was carrying with 10-12 inch blades each - they said any knife or sword is fine as long as it isn't a switchblade. Since that is also consistent with US law and restriction applicable to civilians and since I got the same answer from the customs inspectors in kabul, I see no reason too doubt it. Other guys I know have had the same experience.

    Also, while there iis a 6" blade length limit on parcel post/1str class packages, you can go to a full service post office on a big FOB and mail the longer knives and such by, I believe, priority mail. They can't mail them from where I am, but we mail them all the time, along with guns, from Camp Phoenix.
     
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    The switchblade issure really concerns me. One of my E-7's and I have microtech automatics. We didn't have any issue getting them out in 2005 as long as they were checked. Now it sounds like we can't even put them in checked luggage. What gets me is they sell Benchmade Infidels at the PX at Seitz. WTF, AAFES will sell you a 270$ knife with no way to get it home?
     
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    I just thought if this old thread again, because my detachment just got issued Applegate-Fairbairn combat folders, the big ones, that we get to keep. Pretty cool deal.:supergrin:

    I Don't expect any trouble getting them through customs.

    Also, this isn't a double-edged knife to begin with. It's single edged with a false edge on top. That kind of makes the premise of the original post, that you can't take home double edged knives, irrelevant.
     
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