Traveling to Israel - need advice on finding knives!!!

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by COSMO, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. COSMO

    COSMO Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    Hello BF:

    As I get ready to travel to Israel for the first time in a few weeks, I am of course thinking about what kind of knives I may be able to pick up during my visit to the holy land. I welcome any advice on knives to look for, or places to look for knives in Israel. I assume I can bring them home as long as they are in my checked luggage. I will be in Israel for two weeks and will be in Tel- Aviv, Jerusalem, Eilat and probably traveling a few other places to see family.

    I have looked at some of the Du Star knives and do like some of the designs. I have not seen any reviews, or have any idea of their quality or cost. Anyone with thoughts on these or any other knives, and where to find them.

    Anyone with thoughts can post here, or PM me.

    Thanks in advance

  2. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000
    I've never owned any of the knives but I am familiar with Israeli military equipment. Everything is top notch.
  3. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    DuStar are amazing. Got a Dimona for a couple of years and this is an awesome strong blade that can get really, really sharp. I also recommend the Cutter Jack, basically an armored wharnie D2 Exacto. Bought several for my buddies and they all love it.

    My custom cerakoted Dimona:
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  4. COSMO

    COSMO Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    thanks for the input guys, that is a very cool Dimona. I actually like the Lahav (black handle and flat finish) and may have trouble saying no to one if the opportunity to buy one presents itself.

  5. 19-3ben


    Jul 27, 2015
    I dont have any advice about knives, but having spent a decent amount of time there, I know some about the country, sites to visit, culture, etc... feel free to hit me up with any questions.
  6. mete


    Jun 10, 2003
    Bring a metal detector you might find a nice 2000 old knife underground .You usually find coins and other small things. But you never know. One fellow found the head of bronze statue of Emperor Hadrian !! Lots of people bring a detector That bronze head was found out in the desert !
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  7. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    Worth noting that knife laws there are under 10cm and non locking for regular carry (though a leatherman is usually ignored as a tool) unless you can prove a need. Carry in schools, government offices, hospitals, malls, etc is illegal regardless of the knife size or type. There are metal detectors/security on all of those and large stores. I can recommend travelling up north to Safed and the surrounding woods. Really calm and beautiful up there.
  8. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    Makandar posted a thread in the Bernarn Levine forum. He visited Jerusalem after XMas and found a lot of knives in a bazaar, many of the vintage. His thread had pictures.
  9. COSMO

    COSMO Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    Thanks for the input, not knowing the laws I was not planning on carrying anything. Thanks for the tip on safed.
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  10. emjay4248

    emjay4248 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 8, 2016
    I have been to Israel many times. Even though I love carrying a knife I got in trouble carrying a PM2. We were checked on our way into the mall and I was checked going into the mall. They found the knife and they went nuts. You would think I was carrying a machine gun. The only thing that saved me was that I faked not knowing the language, luckily I had my passport with me. If you plan on carrying in Israel make sure that you don't use the pocket clip. Enjoy your trip.
  11. vanslem6


    Oct 4, 2014
    • This is not tolerated at all- Keep your political biggoted commentary to yourself
    That's because your tax dollars pay for all of it.

    I recommend boycotting the illegitimate, terrorist state of Israel indefinitely. If you happen to see Bibi, please, give him two middle fingers from me. Thanks!
  12. 19-3ben


    Jul 27, 2015
    Incorrect, political, and off topic.

  13. COSMO

    COSMO Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    Thanks for the advice, as I previously stated I do not plan on carrying. I certainly would love to purchase some knives but I'm not going to put myself in the position of breaking any laws.
  14. bhyde

    bhyde UNNECESSARY EVIL Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Mar 19, 2002
    That comment cost you 30 bigguns- Keep your political and bigoted commentary to yourself.
  15. Wolf7


    Jul 11, 2006
    :D:thumbsup:To OP have a great safe trip!
    Now while modern super duper blades are awesome, I wouldn't chase after another black fixed tactical, unless its custom made one of kind high end folding tactical something similar to Olamic Wayfarer.
    If I was in your shoes, personally I would be on hunt for REAL antique Damascus blades ex: knives and swords. Check out bazars/markets for good and affordable deals. BUT word of caution there are lots of modern "antique" "cheap" fakes out there, so pay attention!
  16. COSMO

    COSMO Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    Thanks so much for your input, I love finding knives at flea markets and antique shows and plan on hitting as many as I can while I'm there. I avoid all the cheap stuff that is sold at flea markets and am hopeful that I can find the best flea markets during my trip.
  17. 19-3ben


    Jul 27, 2015
    If you're going to be in Tel Aviv, ask a local how to get to Shuk Hapishpishim in Yaffo (Jaffa).
    Also Machanei Yehudah in Jerusalem is pretty much a MUST.

    The one where you'll get gouged is the little markets along the streets of the old city in Jerusalem, but you'll want to go there anyway, if for no other reason than seeing a market that has been churning for 3,000 years. Imagine that in 1,000BC they were selling mostly the same crap on those same streets and same alcoves... Puts things into perspective when I see a historic site in the USA that's 300 years old.
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