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Material preference - SS or Ti?

Discussion in 'Knives and Cutting Tools' started by Ready4Launch, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Ready4Launch

    Ready4Launch Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: United States
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    Stainless or titanium ... what's your preference and why?
     
  2. HKGuns

    HKGuns Barracuda

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    Location: Merica
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    Stainless steel. There are reasons why no other knives are made out of titanium.

    The Spyderco Native 5 Salt is about the closest thing I can find to a decent dive knife using a high grade of steel that won't rust.

    Even though I don't consider a folder optimal for diving, I will probably pick one up because all of the Ti knives I see are garbage.
     
  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Port Canaveral Florida
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    For a low use item like a dive knife? Titanium is fine as it’s strapped to my leg. For the Mora in my backpack? Stainless.
     
  4. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Great White

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Southern California...too far from the ocean
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    I've been using stainless steel in the ocean for 50 years and my knife and other gear still looks great. I (almost) always rinse it afterwards. It looks like titanium cost a lot more so maybe it will last 500 years? I don't want to sound pessimistic but I'm guessing I won't need it to last quite that long. I have a folding, cheap, Blue Reef SS knife that I keep in a pocket and have forgotten to take out and rinse on several occasions and it looks fine.
     
  5. eelnoraa

    eelnoraa DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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    I know it is a personal choice. But think about it, besides owning something titanium, what benefits are you getting out of it for the cost.
     
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  6. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    Titanium is harder to sharpen and doesn't hold an edge. Not worth the price in my opinion.

    I've never found the need for a knife, my local is full of discarded nets and fishing line, a trilobite and shears are what I carry.
     
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  7. Mr. Sunday

    Mr. Sunday Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Seattle-WA-USA
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    I own an expensive titanium knife but I choose to carry a $10 DGX stainless as it is a better knife imo. Sharper and if rinsed easy to maintain. Not much weight penalty at all. Also carry a ceramic trilobite.
     
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  8. remante

    remante Angel Fish

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    Stainless steel is cheap yet very dependable. Just don't forget to use anti-rust grease after using it.
     

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