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Do you carry a knife?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Ardy, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. NavyGuyAN

    NavyGuyAN Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Virginia Beach, VA
    I only dive with EMT shears... I did how ever recieve a dive knife as a gift but the thing is huge, like 8 inches long and to bad its only for left handed divers..
  2. vapourinthesea

    vapourinthesea Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Wisconsin, USA
    I always carry I knife, either strapped to my leg or in a pocket on my bcd. But I want to get some back up shears.
  3. J.R.

    J.R. Divemaster

    Don't carry a 'knife' but do carry 2 to 3 'dive tools' each of which has cutting ability. (form of answer is out of respect to my first instructor in 1970 who kept telling us over and over that "IT'S NOT A KNIFE... IT'S A DIVE TOOL'... )
  4. Whatevva

    Whatevva Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: New England
    I ALWAYS have a fold up with line cutter in my BC. As stated before, Cozumel doesn't allow knives, but I carried it anyway
  5. ScubaBadger

    ScubaBadger Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ireland
    I carry a shears on my belt, and two Trilobite line cutters - one on my belt and one on my computer strap on my left wrist where I should always be able to reach it if needs be. Carried a knife for a while but much harder to cut stuff with, possible to stab yourself / cut yourself, and possible for it to fall out of the holster or to tangle in something.
  6. BLoaf

    BLoaf Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Tampa
    I have a BenchMade seatbelt cutter, can't poke yourself :wink:.
  7. Herb-alaska

    Herb-alaska Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Alaska
    I have 2 knives, one Emt Shears and one t cutter all in different places on my rig. They stay there until I pull them to clean and dry them. I can find them by feel and know the strengths of each device. one is a small blunt tip in my golden triangle, the big pointed knife is on my weight harness on my left side because it is the last one that I would draw, the shears are on my right side of the weight harness and is number 2 to draw and the T knife is in the middle of my belly next to the buckle so it is easy to find.

    I think that the key is to find what works for you stay with it and make sure you can locate it in the dark with only one hand available in a incredibly restricted movement situation.
  8. tracydr

    tracydr Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina, 3 miles from South Carolina
    I recently lost my dive knife. I'm thinking of replacing it with trauma shears and plus a knife. I do feel a dive knife a some back-up form of cutting tool is essential, especially in areas where fishing line, kelp or cave line can become entanglement dangers.
    Is there any cheaper knife, say a ceramic non-dive knife that can take the place of a real dive knife? I hate to spend $90 on a knife I rarely use. I'd rather spend that on a knife I use everyday in the kitchen.
  9. Herb-alaska

    Herb-alaska Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Alaska
    Tracy there are a lot of good in expensive knives in the 25 - 30 range that will last a long time as long as they are taken care of. The less you spend the less stainless will be but that does not mean they are bad knives. You just need to rinse them and clean any rust that starts to form before it takes over the knife. My big knife is a $25.00 special it has over 250 dives on it in 2 years and shows very little wear. I want something that if I need to use it or lose it I will not be broken up about.
  10. arthurmnev

    arthurmnev Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Warm Water !
    It is not a weapon unless you spear hunt .. if you do, you might need to stab things.

    That part of padi OW book really amused me : a weapon is a weapon, even if it is not used as one.

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