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First Dive Knife

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

  1. aldertyler

    aldertyler Nassau Grouper

    Trilobyte mounted to computer strap.

    Dollar store steak knife cutdown to ~1.5" just left of center on waist.
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  2. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: close to a Hell which occasionally freezes over
    Great answer. If not considering local conditions and needs...
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  3. aldertyler

    aldertyler Nassau Grouper

    Agreed. I should have qualified my statement with "this is what I do. It may or may not work for you and the type of diving you do."
  4. seashepherd

    seashepherd Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Canada
    What is a good dive knife to get?
    Titanium or Stainless?

    I’m a newbie diver and I researched this for weeks too - it was fun! In the end I bought a cheap blunt SS dive knife with a plastic sheath that fits in a neoprene case that will mount in a variety of positions. In the end, my main criteria was to get a basic knife that I could afford to give away, lose, or otherwise part with. It’s small and unobtrusive and I don’t feel like a commando or someone who would scare women and small children when I wear it.
  5. Satrekker

    Satrekker Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Clearwater, FL
    BFK is not very useful for most rec diving imo. I've never used one ever on a rec dive. I do carry titanium trauma shears, eezy-cut trilobite line cutter with ceramic blades and 2" stubby steak knife, and that's all I've ever had use for so far. However, I'm thinking about adding an iki jimi kill spike for spearfishing. For now, I use the spike on the end of my stringer.
  6. aldertyler

    aldertyler Nassau Grouper

    Before I started diving I thought that when I eventually did start diving I would buy a strider BD Dive Tool.
    BD Dive Tool
    I was a big fan of the Strider folding knife that I owned and thought their dive knife must be awesome as well.
    Cut to years layer and some diving experience under my belt and for the cost of that Strider knife I could buy more than four hundred of the knives that I actually use for diving.
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  7. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    Aside from that, down here in CA that type of Dive Tool, not considered a knife, is illegal for taking game, in particular scallops, don't know the rules up there. I've got a couple of the older, cheaper, version, by ScubaPro or Healthways I believe, but can no longer carry when hunting.

  8. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    I have a BFK I wear on the inside of my left calf. A big huge Aqualung Seahawk from the 1960’s. I use it exclusively for harvesting scallops off rocks. It’s pretty much worthless if I need to actually cut something, 304 stainless just doesn’t hold an edge. I also wear a Riffe freediving knife which is for dispatching fish. It’s a dagger style and designed to pierce the spinal cord behind the head.
    Then for actual line cutting I have a Victorinox blunt serrated blade knife that looks like a cut off steak knife but it’s very sharp. Fishermen use them to cut crab line or netting or long line, etc. they can go through anything and they’re cheap. I had to sew up/make my own holster for it out of doubled up weight belt webbing.
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  9. peocro

    peocro Photographer

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
    I use a Victorinox cheap serrated kitchen knife, secured into a section of garden hose that I fix to the corrugated of the BC.
    I also usually carry a pair of EMS shears in my wetnote, in the pocket of my drysuit, and a small knife on the waistband of my backplate on the left centre side.

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