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First Dive Knife

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Pyde, Jul 2, 2019.

  1. bomberkenny

    bomberkenny Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Brunei
    I have a trilobite on my computer strap too
  2. FF / EMT

    FF / EMT Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Michigan
    I carry a dog cutter recon and a pair of trauma shears, if I have to use the knife for anything, I’m dropping it to
    My side, not going to mess with it and puncture my suit.
  3. S3dition

    S3dition Angel Fish

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: USA
    I'm not an expert, but in selecting my first knife, I considered laws for where I'll be diving.

    Japan has strict laws around knives and tourists have been jailed for breaking them. In addition, many places won't allow you to dive with a knife or gloves so you won't touch the wildlife.

    With this in mind, I purchased a 3" blunt knife that I can stow in bcv or strap to my leg. It is a $30 titanium coated blade l

    My second knife will be a ~6" titanium that I can leave home when necessary. I know I won't be damaging the ocean but I don't know if I'll get Tangled in fishing line.
  4. seashepherd

    seashepherd Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Canada
    I’m a newbie, and just went through the selection of a knife. It was fun looking at the options. In the end, I picked a simple 3” blunt end SS knife that wasn’t too expensive in case I lose it. I bought a simple leg sheath made of neoprene that was inexpensive as well, to fasten it to my leg. I think of it as a safety tool, but I have visions of Sea Hunt when I strap it on. It’s very inconspicuous, and it’s there if I ever need it.
  5. Scubagolf

    Scubagolf ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sacramento, California, USA
    Trauma shears in the pocket of my BC attached to inside of the pocket.
  6. Silvertip57

    Silvertip57 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Mexico
    Gave up on dive knives after about 20 dives. Just one more thing to attach to body or BC. I carry a pair of blunt nose SS scissors in my BC pocket for mono or net cutting. Just my 2 cents.
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  7. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    I have always used the basic small knife. Not sure what material. Strapped to inside of leg above right knee. I also tie it there with a rope. Also attach fishing line from the knife to the holster as I lost my first knife on a dive as if came out of the holster. The line is long enough so the knife comes out easily but no extra length floating around. If I need the knife I can just break the fishing line. in 784 dives I have never used the knife (almost did once in Texas due to fishing line, but didn't need it to get free, and there is no fishing line at the sites here). Thus, I don't give the knife much thought. Guess I've rinsed the thing 300+ times now without ever needing it. I do kinda think some sort of siscors/cutting tool like that seems like a good idea.
  8. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Finland
    Where are you diving? In what kind of stuff can you get entangled in?

    The sea: fishing nets - get scissors
    The sea: filament - get scissors or a rescue cutter
    The pond: It's probably a dump with barbed wire so get wire cutters
    The flooded pit or former quarry: OK, there will be trees down there... How about a saw?
    The yacht port: It's probably dyneema so forget about cutting. You need to rip it apart thread by thread with pincers (I did just that)(wasn't recreational diving though) But how can you get entangled in that??? Its an inch thick...

    A sawtooth blade (some cheap kitchen knife) would be lovely in many cases where a sharp straight blade just slips. A blunt tip is good as one does not need/want to puncture things (like a suit) but to cut things.

    Titanium does not rust but it is expensive. Stainless steels comes in dozens of varieties. I have heard 316L is good.

    A short answer: a cheap rescue cutter is always a good investment. I have one. I love it. If you prefer knives, get a cheap beef knife with a sharp sawtooth blade and cut it short. A plastic tube acts as a sheath.

    Getting entangled in something is quite rare, especially in open water recreational diving, but if it happens one would love even nail clippers... I have dived hundreds of times and sometimes in quite nasty places and only once have I needed a cutting device (to recue a buddy). ANY sharp blade would have been enough.
  9. Storker

    Storker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: close to a Hell which occasionally freezes over
    ..and it's pretty bad at holding an edge. Worse than even decently corrosion-proof steel. If you're able to get a half-decent edge in the first place.

    Stainless steel: always a compromise between edge-holding properties and rust resistance.
    Titanium: corrosion-proof, but sucks at getting and holding an edge.
    Ceramic: corrosion-proof, wonderfully sharp, but chips for a bad word.

    Pick your poison. TANSTAAFL.
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  10. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

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