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Dive knife, Sea Snips, or both?

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

  1. Jayfarmlaw

    Jayfarmlaw Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tuttle, Ok
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    Well...I don't know about "allowed" (it's Roatan...are there rules or merely suggestions) but our DM's always had pole spears with them. Once they saw that you had decent dive skills, if you saw a lionfish and got their attention, they would come over and hand you the spear. You would stick the fish and they would stab it with another spear and they would swim over to the next hunter.

    I left Moby friggin lionfish there for you. Biggest LF I have ever seen, and I missed. Fast little boogers when they need to be. He's big for a reason....good luck. You can't miss him, he lives on Rockstar, is at least 5 feet long, glowing green eyes, and tentacles instead of spike fins. I'm pretty sure I heard 80's gangster rap playing once I got close and smelled a blunt. He's sneaky too, he will swim above you and breathe off your Octo sucking your air down to 400 psi. If your quiet, you can hear him still laughing at my miss from 6 inches away..... the horror..... watch your 6.

    Next time Moby....next time.

    Our dive op did an Island day and cooked the LF on the grill after most of the others tourists had left. I'm sure the location had something to do with it...but it was amazing.

    Good luck, safe travels.
    Jay
     
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  2. gcarter

    gcarter Orca

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ottawa, Canada
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    Always did carry both snips - holster attached to a pocket - and knife - attached to waist. Then neglected to move my knife back from my AL to my SS plate earlier this summer and said whatever. Fast forward to two weeks ago, a VERY high current dive, trying to pull in to the exit (shore dive). My buddy was able to dig his knife into a largely bare river bottom to help pull himself in. I had to work a LOT harder without my knife.

    My opinion is that the shears are a better cutting tool for many situations, but they cannot match the versatility of a knife.

    Carry both.
     
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  3. scrane

    scrane Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Boise, ID.
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    The marine park HQ in West End gives a course and will sell you a Hawaiian sling. Then you're good to go.
     
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  4. briannapstevens

    briannapstevens Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: United States
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    I didn't even know they were edible! That was a cool tangent. New goal...lionfish hunting trip!
     
  5. briannapstevens

    briannapstevens Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: United States
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    Love it! :)

    Yeah, you don't have to swim fast to get away from a shark. You just have to swim faster than your buddy!
     
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  6. briannapstevens

    briannapstevens Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: United States
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    LOL
    Wow....there's a use for a knife that I never thought of! Maybe I'll bring my knife after all. Quick followup, what kind of knife was that?
     
  7. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Largo, FL USA
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    I've never heard of "sea snips" before this post. Google shows me it's apparently a brand name someone stuck on regular trauma shears (and upped the price $5). Anyway, I carry trauma shears and a z-knife. I've never used the shears but they aren't really in the way anyway. I keep them in their holster near the place where my shoulder strap meets my backplate. Fairly easy to access.
     
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  8. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
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    Note. The Cutter Case can be found here: The Cutter Caseā„¢

    I like it because it dries out nicely, keeps the blades from rusting, and makes it super easy to attach to the bungies for my Shearwater

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  9. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
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    Sounds like a skills problem.

    KIDDING!!!! :D
     
  10. Snoweman

    Snoweman Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Atlanta, GA
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    Lots of threads on the little buggers. They are delicious. I've read that Whole Foods in FL is selling the meat now.
     
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