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Old 14-05-2012, 15:28   #1
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Knife

I need to find a knife that I can comfortable keep on my life jacket, that is either easy to conceal or doesn't look intimidating at all. Going to teach summer sailing for 5-18 year olds this summer.
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Old 14-05-2012, 16:17   #2
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Re: Knife

Welcome to CruisersForum, martman.

I have an Aquatys "Sea Sword" with a titanium blade: COUTEAU DE STAB TITANIUM SEAS WORD. - Couteau plongée sous marine - Plongée sous-marine - Nos produits (couldn't find an English page with a picture) 3" blade with saw teeth, very light, rust-free, fairly sharp out of the box.

Until now, no problem with crew.

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Old 14-05-2012, 16:20   #3
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Re: Knife

You might want to look at the Myerchin line of knives. I own several and like them very much.

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Re: Knife

Myerchin and Camillus both make great rigging knives, used by the US Navy and Coast Guard, respectively. But for daily carry and regular common use or emergency, you just can't beat a Spyderco. Plus they are a great company which does good things for whales. For marine use I recommend the Atlantic Salt or a hawksbill, depending on intended use. The hawksbill is my always. I like a sheath Myerchin with accompanying marlinespike/shackle key for on the boat, and the all SS Camillus for a clasp knife.
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Re: Knife

Spyderco makes very good knives, with wicked sharp serrated blades that can be opened with one hand and are perfect for the application you've described and unlike some of the excellent blades recommended here are reasonably priced.

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Re: Knife

I use a one of these



To hold one of these.



And a mag lite.

It clips onto my inflatable pdf.
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Re: Knife

You may want to be careful carrying a knife in the UK

" Even when the knife in question appears relatively innocuous (blade length not exceeding three inches, non-locking blade), recent prosecutions in the UK have established that anyone carrying a knife in a public place is well advised to take steps to place the knife in question out of their immediate control, i.e. storing the knife when on foot or when using public transit in the bottom of a rucksack, not on the belt, in the pocket, or around the neck, and while traveling in a privately-owned motor vehicle, by placing the knife in locked storage in the vehicle boot, not in the glove compartment or in the seating area"

from Knife legislation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I guess this means they may be boiling their beef a little longer
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Old 14-05-2012, 19:05   #8
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I *really* like my Boye folding knife. It stays clipped and tethered to my PFD.

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We just carry diving knives on our PFDs. Small, short, but very useful. Remember, that you're likely to use it on ropes under strain and anything metal remotely serrated can do the trick.
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You did not mention the purpose of the knife. If it is for general use any good folding knife would work. As a rescue knife to cut ropes, tethers, etc. I would suggest a "Gerber River Shorty". I have used these knives for many, many years kayaking. They are great and extremely sharp. They will cut 3/8" line in one motion...trust me I know! It is one of the pieces of kayaking equipment that has made onto my sailboat.

Also, the clip on a Gerber fits perfectly onto a Mustang harness.

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Any opinions on ceramic blade knives?
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The Victorinox Skipper model is the best all-around knife I have had for use aboard a boat. It has all the basic tools you'll need for quick fixes and its marlinspike is also a unique shape that makes it more effective at opening tough knots. (It is flat so it's easier to insert into a tight knot, and once inserted it can be twisted to lever open the line.)

Also, the serrated blade is the sharpest I have ever used.

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Any opinions on ceramic blade knives?
Very effective, but perhaps not ideal as all-around. Also perhaps a bit intimidating for the OPs intended use.
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Re: Knife

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, martman101.

I carry a cheap “Maxam” Mini Lockblade Knife (1.75" blade)
Maxam Mini Lockblade Knife - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

It doesn't intimidate anyone, except airport security.
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Re: Knife

If all you need it for is to cut a line in an emergency, how about the Gill Harness Rescue Tool?


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