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Dive knife, Sea Snips, or both?

Discussion in 'Knives and Cutting Tools' started by briannapstevens, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. briannapstevens

    briannapstevens Angel Fish

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    Hi, Scubaboarders:

    I used to carry both a dive knife and Sea Snips, but I'm trying to pare down the amount of stuff I take with me.

    I'm curious--do you think that Sea Snips are an adequate alternative to a dive knife? What can you do with a dive knife that you cannot do with Sea Snips (and I don't anticipate stabbing any predatory sea creatures, before someone says that! LOL)?

    Do you carry both? If so, why?

    Thanks in advance for your opinions.

    Cheers, Brianna
     
  2. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    For line cutting, my Trilobyte cutter is all I have actually used in practice. On a night dive on the Capt Tony in Boynton Beach, I got hung up on some thick, very strong monofilament. The Trilobyte made quick work of the line and I was on my way. I also carry a titanium knife, it was not a hard decision, though that would also have worked.
     
  3. briannapstevens

    briannapstevens Angel Fish

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    Hm--yes. Thank you for sharing your perspective! BTW, that would have scared the crap out of me if something like that happened to me at night! :)
     
  4. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    At night, it is much harder to see and stay out of the way of monofilament.
     
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  5. briannapstevens

    briannapstevens Angel Fish

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    For sure!
     
  6. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Good question, good intent.

    Tools are situational. If you are a minimalist, and anywhere near fishing line, then I agree with only a Trilobite cutter. Don't really need a knife.

    Me? a fishing line cutter and this: STANLEY Wonder-Bar II, 7-1/2" - 6R301|55-045 - Grainger
     
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  7. briannapstevens

    briannapstevens Angel Fish

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    Wow! A pry bar! What do you use that for?
     
  8. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Mostly for moving things while looking for stuff.

    The NE Atlantic is (like many other areas) a rusting graveyard of WWII ships. I love to poke around. It is also great for digging clams and anchoring me in the sand.

    No, I don't push it into the sand and tie my float to it when I need both hands free. :wink:
     
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  9. briannapstevens

    briannapstevens Angel Fish

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    The float use case sounds like a good idea, actually! :)

    I love the image of "a rusting graveyard of WWII ships." Now I want to go dive there! Makes Monterey kelp sound less glamorous!
     
  10. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    I have a Aqualung Squeeze tool (SS), that holds up well. I have a Trilobyte/EEZYCUT mounted to my Shearwater. They are both small. I find those two items have taken care of all issues I've come across. But I'm sure there are others that would say that is insufficient based on their experience.
     
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