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    peruvian knife laws?


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    first off, I know this is a knife laws question, but figured that since RAT operate extensively in peru, it made sense to ask here.

    in a few weeks time, I'm going out to peru as part of a scout expediton. currently I'm planning to take out a standard sized SAK (approx 3 inch blade), and either a HEST, or a mora (about 4 inch blade) depending on funds.
    are these legal for me to carry in peru, or would I be breaking the law?
    also, am I likely to have problems taking them through airport customs?

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    I seriously don't know the letter of the law but you will not have any problems. We've hauled about every size knife there is into Peru and many of them at one time without any problems. If they ask you anything or get sticky just tell them you are going to the jungle and the knives are for some of the military guys that are going with you. That always works.

    The only thing I ever got in an argument about was my camera gear. The little guy just past the green and red customs button said I needed to pay a tax because it was "professional" gear. I asked him to take me to his supervisor. She was extremely nice and jumped the little guy's ass, especially when I produced a business card of the head of the NP and explained I was down there to work with them.

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    ok, thankyou for the info.
    I'll probably keep the mora/HEST stashed in the bottom of my bag when I'm not doing anything outdoorsy (hiking, building work at the orphanage ect) and keep the SAK out of sight in my pocket.

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    No problem... I lived there for six years and brought down just about every kind of knife you can think of and never had a problem.
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