Finders Keepers

The TSA Is Auctioning Off Tons of Confiscated Knives and Multi-Tools


In 2015, the TSA intercepted 22,044 “dangerous items” in airport security screenings across the U.S. The most outlandish items are documented on the TSA’s Instagram account: live flash-bang grenades, swords, five-bladed floggers, Batman throwing stars, replica suicide vests, Orcish blades, and whatever the hell this thing is. Most of the confiscated items never again see the light of day. But what about the smaller, less absurdly illegal stuff?

GovDeals is an online marketplace, a bit like Craigslist or eBay, where retired U.S. government assets and seized civilian property are auctioned off to the public. There are hundreds of categories to peruse; the ‘Confiscated/Forfeited/Personal Property‘ category is a particularly rich gold mine of seized knives and multi-tools. Some are sold as individual pieces, others come in bulk. The starting bids are exceptionally low, and final offers will likely match that of eBay’s, if not significantly less. The TSA, after all, has “dangerous items” pouring out of their ears, and they’d like to get rid of them.

Bid Now:
Benchmade 940-Osborne Knife
Kershaw Leek 1660 OLBLK Knife
6 3/4″ Fixed Blade From Norway
Leatherman OHT Multi-Tool
Approx 12 lbs Assorted Fixed Blade Knives
Assorted Victorinox Swiss Army Knives
3 Knives Our Outdoors Team Wants Now

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