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Traveling in Scotland with a Multi-Tool

I'll be driving around Scotland's highland and islands for a couple of weeks this fall and I would like to bring my Gerber Multi-Tool along for the trip. Among the other tools, it has two knife blades (plain, and serrated) on it. Do you think I am going to run into problems wearing it at the various tourist sites? For example: Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, museums, art galleries, or other public places like them? Thanks.

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You're taking it there in a checked bag, yes? Getting it through airport security in a carry-on would probably not work.

While on the ground in Scotland, carrying it around in your pocket or small backpack should be OK. I have not experienced security checks at the locations in Scotland that you mention where they'd examine your pockets or have you walk through a metal detector. Others on this forum may know different.

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I guess I'd wonder why you feel you need to wear it at tourist sites? Do you really feel that you might need to fix something while you're visiting tourist sites? If not and you're just someone who feels 'naked' without their multi-tool (like my ex), then I would suggest you just suck it up and leave it locked in your car while visiting tourist sites. Then you won't have to worry about running into problems.

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Hi, bolton1828,

John Bolton, is that you? No wonder you feel the need to carry knives around with you in Scotland!

Mike (Auchterless)

Posted by
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My Letherman Micra mini multi-tool's blade is 4 cm long. That said, I use the Micra's scissors more than its knife blade. It has a bottle opener but does not have a cork screw. I transport the multi-tool in my checked bag.
https://www.leatherman.com/micra-20.html

Posted by
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Why do you need to bring it with you? What are you planning on doing that requires the potential use of a multi tool?

If you're thinking about "what if's" then you're thinking too much. You're touring well populated parts of Scotland not the Alaskan wilderness.

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Personally it doesn't strike me as odd that someone would want to carry a multi-tool around. I like to carry a mini Swiss army knife in my purse and it has come in handy many times. However, to avoid airport security trouble I had my husband grind down the knife blade so it has no point and no sharp edge -- it's now what you would call a blunt letter opener instead of a knife blade. TSA agents have examined it and then let me take it onboard.

How big is this tool, and how long are the knife blades? And does it have to be "worn" or can it reside in your pocket or bag?

Posted by
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I am also a person who usually has some version of a small Leatherman on my key chain. Since I always travel with just carry-on I had to mail one to myself from the airport one time when I realized I had forgotten to remove it from my keychain. I just like having the small pair of scissors, screwdriver, and knife. It's surprising how often I use them. But, the only place it's ever been a problem is the airport so if you are checking luggage just put it in there.

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Do you think the OP is serious or just having a bit of fun?

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No way to know - just the one post and never returned