taking knives into mexico (baja)

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by TheLostBoy, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. TheLostBoy

    TheLostBoy gone riding...

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    will i get hassled at the border or anywhere else inside baja if i have a non-concieled machete in a sheath attached to my bike?

    thx,
    danny
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  2. PhilSpace

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  3. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

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    I've carried a machete in Baja for years never been a problem.
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  4. 97Octane

    97Octane Defining Mediocrity

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    I carried a K-Bar knife on me on my recent trip. In my tank bag. My tank bag was never questioned or searched at all.
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  5. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    You're a palapa builder.
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  6. Pelon

    Pelon Dia Por Dia

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    I carried a machete lashed to my bedroll all through Sinaloa and Sonora on a Harley 15 yrs ago without any problems. I was dressed in full dirtball regalia, too.

    You can get hassled for ANYTHING in Mexico OR the U.S., for that matter. It all depends on attitude. Be respectful, and you will be fine. No matter what, though, NO GUNS AND NO AMMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A .22 will buy you 5 yrs, my friend. Cuidate!
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  7. Aussie_Gringo

    Aussie_Gringo The anti-septic

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    Why........carry such a thing into Mexico.

    :ear
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  8. Django Loco

    Django Loco Banned

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    That's what I'd like to know. Like Lone Rider sez: "You a Palapa builder?"

    Campesinos in Mexico can carry a Machete any where at all. It's strickly a tool in the eyes of the law....but since you ain't a Campesino...well, who knows. My guess is you'll be fine. They have no value there and can be bought in any public market in Mexico for about $3 tops.

    But a fine killing knife is a totally other story...in fact any nice knife. If they like it....they'll take it. I had a really nice Swiss Army knife and some officious Prick Whistle decided he wanted it....this at 4am on a lone Mexican highway military stop.

    I asked what the problem was....he said the blade length was "Ilegal" . I said
    OK, fine. Opened the knife, stepped on the blade and snapped it right off and handed him the knife. The Soldados standing around watching started cracking up laughing....El Pinche Jefe was not pleased....but I was cut loose
    beneath his ominous glare.

    I don't advise this behavior...anytime you go one on one in a contest of Machismo with guys with guns....you will lose.
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  9. 97Octane

    97Octane Defining Mediocrity

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    ANother idea is... leave your Machete at home, and buy one after you cross the border at a hardware store. They are common, and cheap. No border issues / Military check points to even be worried with.
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  10. Pelon

    Pelon Dia Por Dia

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    Jajajaja. k rico! Donde ocurio eso? Cual estado?

    Pelon
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  11. JMead11

    JMead11 Crazy Bastard

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    But he will be faced with police and military checkpoints all over Mexico. They are not just at the border. When I have travelled in Mexico I usually have to go through at least two checkpoints a day. Oh, BTW, don't drive at night in Mexico. Checkpoints get a lot more scary at night. I got stopped at one in Michoacan at midnight. I pretended not to know any, or much, Spanish, and they freely spoke among themselves about how much money they were going to get out of me to get by. I ended up there for hours denying posession of any money and finally gave them $6.00 out of my ashtray. He told his seargeant I was donating him money to buy batteries for his flashlight. Never had this kind of trouble in broad daylight. I had always been warned about driving at night in Mexico. Lesson learned.


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  12. TheLostBoy

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    a machete would've been pretty handy in a few of the places i road into during this trip. had a hatchet and a knife, had no problems from the military when they stumbled upon it in my bags at a checkpoint. no worries, and no $$ to get through any of them.
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  13. Django Loco

    Django Loco Banned

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    Norte de Culiacan, mas of menos. This is the only time I've been really hassled about anything. Most of the time todo es muy padre.
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  14. RSalvarez

    RSalvarez Been here awhile

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    i feel bad when read this kind of messages, not for you just for the image that some latins give on the usa and in the news, we are not equali made
    i made this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKM52aQ5J-0 share please micmecmexicali is my user name on youtube

    i write in english because some drugers are more ignorants than mexicans
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  15. thetourist

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    I think it has more to do with intent than with the actual item. To a Palapa builder, a machete is a tool. Strapped in the open, by a tourist, it is a weapon.

    If you really need it, I would put it inside the luggage. Not "hide" it, just store it, as you would any other tool.
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  16. frank wheelbarrow

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    Why not???? :war Many pratical uses, my Gringo Aussie friend. Food, Wood, and Heavens for bid if I say protection.:dunno

    And that be for both sides of the border, Monsters everywhere!!!!:gun1
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  17. Chillis

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    I have an idea for anyone with a bike or car with need for a weapon. Make it look like it's part of your motorcycle or vehicle that would go unnoticed and make it in an "at the ready" location. It doesn't have to be sharp....anyone can start swinging a long shank of metal and still crack heads or what ever else needs some physical rearrangement.
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  18. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Now your talking an arsenal of Baltimore alternative weapons. The ball peen hammer and a can of starting fluid w/ bic lighter are tops.
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  19. Aussie_Gringo

    Aussie_Gringo The anti-septic

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    :ken

    A machete in a sheath for personal protection in Mexico, so if your hasseled you'll what, pull a machete out of your sheath and defend yourself :lol3 .

    Do us all a favor and pack it blade down in your pants.

    The gene pool will thank you later :D .
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  20. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    forget the machete. Get classy. How about a cavalry saber...or an elegant Katana. For real impact...a two handed Claymore. At four and a half feet, that would open a cactus up.

    Written with tongue firmly in cheek.
    I watch to many old movies.
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