Saturday, May 05, 2012

Luftverboten...

A list of things normally carried in my pockets and purse that went into checked baggage:
CRKT M16SF pocket knife from my jeans pocket and my keychain with steel-cored paracord monkey fist and Simonich Bitter Root from my coat pocket.
And from the turse, a Victorinox SAK, CRKT Eat N Tool and Get-A-Way Driver, Leatherman Juice CS4 and MUT (plus bit set), and last but not least, the dreaded nail clippers, scourge of the friendly skies.
I truthfully have no idea how half that stuff wound up in the turse; it just accumulated over time, but it all gets used fairly frequently, so there you go. And if I left it at home, I'd surely find myself someplace with a loose screw in a piece of furniture that was driving me nuts, and then what do you do? Ergo: checked bags.

23 comments:

Bubblehead Les. said...

It's pretty damn bad that when one gets in the Taxi at the Airport nowadays, one has to say "Take me to the nearest Hardware Store, THEN my Hotel, please."

BobG said...

Sounds as bad as all the hardware I tend to pack around in my vest pockets.
My wife thinks I'm nuts...

Mattexian said...

Has the TSA gotten over their power trip that equates a P-38 can opener with a Hibben Highlander Bowie knife? You could carry one of those P-38s on your keyring like ever Red-blooded American should, and find out they're handy against loose screws too (flathead AND Phillips)!

Anonymous said...

I _KNEW_ it! Tam carries a combat spork!! Oh, the humanity! Sersly, though, twixt all that and the gat, how do you not clank when you walk? JohninMd(help!)

Anonymous said...

You, with a screw loose? Doubtful.

Noah D said...

Okay, gearhead question - why the SAK, the Juice AND the MUT? That seems to be a bit of overlap.

(This isn't a 'why all the knives?' question, but a 'why all in one place?' question. The answer to the first is 'because', of course. The second is merely organizational. Had I a MUT, I'm thinking it'd live in the range bag, while the Juice would be in a pocket/p/turse/whatever. When I had a Leatherman, I never really needed my SAK. On the gripping hand, that may have been more about me liking to whip out the neato tool than actual utility...)

cj said...

Wow, another Simonich user! Unfortunately I never got a Bitter Root from him, but was lucky enough to get some of his other designs before his untimely passing.

Old NFO said...

Nice collection, and pretty much you could 'fix' anything with that set :-) Travel safe Lady!

Anonymous said...

I had the same thought about the overlap. I find the Leatherman Wave with bit tools and extender serves my
EDC, I typically do not carry any other knife not even a folder because my employer would likely object. I have had various members of management borrow the Wave, so I know its kosher!

Mad Saint Jack said...

I have never owned a Multi-Tool...

I've been thinking about a Leatherman Style PS.

It is a key chain tool with no knife (supposedly TSA approved not that I am ever getting on a plane).
Knives I got plenty of...

Went by their booth at the NRA Con and they did not have one on display, but the man staffing the booth had one on his backpack that he was traveling with.

DirtCrashr said...

I still think the hole in the eat'n-tool should be oval shaped, like a 1911 buffer wrench

SGB said...

The TSA is proof positive that birth control is not 100% effective.

DirtCrashr said...

That Simonich knife is a sweetheart!

RabidAlien said...

I tossed my pocket knife (Gerber, clips on to the pocket...used to carry a Spyderco, but the plastic clips loosened up over time, or just kept getting yanked out of my pocket while hiking. The Gerber metal clips are frikkin ferocious, and don't give for anything!) in my carry-on when we traveled to Disney last fall, and it was the first thing out of my bag. Literally. Standing next to the baggage claim circus, it came out and got clipped on. I didn't bring my Gerber multitool on that trip, figured it was just too much hassle, but to go without a pocket knife was asking too much.

Dean Carder said...

I tend to travel light, i.e. no checked baggage. I was bemoaning the leaving of my Cold Steel X2 Voyager, (read folding bowie)on a trip to Va. Upon arrival my son presented me with an SOG assisted opener. What a relief!

Tim Ellwood said...

My pre trade show ritual is to dump both my carry ons on the floor and run my hands into every nook and cranny, even under the lining. I do this again in the hotel the night before I fly home. Things tend to migrate into my briefcase at trade shows and between trips. I watched a police sgt being taken away from the TSA checkpoint in handcuffs because he had one 45 acp rd in his travel bag a few years back and that has made me hyper aware. I pack a clip on belt pouch with a Sony patch sewn on it with my Spyderco G-10 military and a x-26 at the top of my check bag, it makes it easy to pull out right as I get ready to load the bag in a cab at arrival and to stash it right when they pull my bags out of the trunk at the airport for the trip home..

TerriLiGunn said...

People still fly to get places? I thought it was a free medical exam, kinda a phase one of universal healthcare.

Anonymous said...

Don't fly for pleasure trips. Make the airlines hurt until they pressure the gov to end this madness.

Tam said...

Anon 9:48,

"Don't fly for pleasure trips. Make the airlines hurt until they pressure the gov to end this madness."

I've flown twice since 1994, both times on someone else's dime. You?

RL said...

An universally disarmed peasantry is easier to deal with by those who have reason to fear their subjects.

Justthisguy said...

Dang, I feel nekkid with only my ancient Boy Scout Whittler's Knife with the tip broken off the main blade, my miniature Swiss Army pen knife (has a nice nail file) and my lucky Soldiers' Angels challenge coin (makes a nice stim toy). I do miss my P-38.

Justthisguy said...

Oh, I was in the Publix this evening and saw a little Kyocera paring knife with a ceramic blade and a plastic handle. It claimed to be razor-sharp and almost as hard as a diamond. Being made by Nips, it had a rounded point, lest we stab each other. I wonder if you could fix that with a diamond wheel.

I also wonder if it is "magnetometer-safe", as we Bad People say.

Anonymous said...

Tam, why the eat n tool? Use it for fist load or does it have some real utility?

~Glamdring