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What's your knife preference for diving. a.k.a. show off your knives.

Discussion in 'Knives and Cutting Tools' started by drakcheslav, Jun 5, 2020.

How often do you carry and use a knife or a cutter

  1. always packing use it on every single dive

    10.3%
  2. always, using it seldom

    56.9%
  3. always, never used it

    24.1%
  4. sometimes I remember to bring my knife

    1.7%
  5. why do I need a knife again?

    5.2%
  6. i just use my teeth

    1.7%
  1. CanadaDan

    CanadaDan DMC ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Winnipeg, MB Canada
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    Only in Marine Parks and otherwise specially protected areas as far as I know. Diving off the coast of Tulum is a different matter. It's also the reason I have an all black small knife like the Aqualung Squeeze on my BCD. If you aren't carefully looking for it you would never really notice it. I've also dove with that knife off Cozumel and in The Exumas as well and no one ever said anything.
     
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  2. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    1,388
    1,151
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    Yes valerian steel and named sharkbiter.
     
  3. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
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    2,541
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    years ago the BFK was king, for the last 10 or 12 years the little titanium rode along normally used a few time per year for fishing line and a strand or two of kelp (when twists itself into ropes you can’t always break it) I’ll be trying out the aqualung SS tomorrow.
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  4. Storker

    Storker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: close to a Hell which occasionally freezes over
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    For many jobs, a small knife is ideal. It all depends on what you're going to use your knife for. Me, I see my knife as multitool. While some jobs are awkward with a big knife, other jobs may need a large blade.

    If your only concern is cutting a line now and then, by all means choose a small knife or a trilobite as your cutting tool. If you want your multitool, sorry, knife, to also be adequate for prying, hammering, cutting up watermelon topside or any other job which requires force, I'd recommend an old-style BFK as your primary cutting device.
     
  5. Mark IV

    Mark IV Barracuda

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Georgia
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    Right now, I only have a humble little TUSA mini-bcd knife, that I scored cheap on ebay. It's a sharp, cool little blade, and I'm happy with it.
    But the one I miss was a little SeaQuest BC knife that i had back in the 90's. I loved that cheap little knife, it was a favorite piece of gear, that went everywhere with me, for years. The best thing about it was the simple, solid, nearly unbreakable sheath (unlike the thin, brittle TUSA sheath), that held the blade very firmly, without any fragile, complicated, gimmicky locking mechanisms, that are so typical now. You just popped it into place, then yanked it back out. You could drive over that sheath (and knife) with a truck.
    It was never the sharpest knife in the drawer (pardon the pun), but 99% of the use it saw was just banging on my tank.
    I'd love to find another one someday, if only for nostalgia's sake. This is what they looked like (from an old classified ad I just found on-line).
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  6. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
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    For Commercial work I use a Green River with Trilobite as backup. For Recreational and Technical diving it's a Trilobite and Aqualung Squeeze (which also doubles as my long hose retainer).
     
  7. icechip

    icechip ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Maine
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    Remora on the belt and a Promate blunt tip strapped to my leg. Fishing line entanglements and fouled props are some opportunities to whip it out.
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  8. covediver

    covediver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Alaska
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    20200610_203439.jpg Over the years carried on dive trips dived with many knives. I am partial to Wenoka and my 37 yo Blackie Collins is an old favorite. My go to knife is the bfk wenoka titanium. Also like the Benchmade H2O single and folder. USN Mark 1 is a collector item for me. Need to reduce inventory one of these days
     
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  9. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
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    When I first moved to SoCal over 50 years ago, I bought the biggest, baddest dive knife I could find to fend off the great white sharks. Since they've been very nice to me over the decades, today I rarely carry a knife since I almost never encounter entanglement threats that might require one. When I do carry, it is usually a pair of shears plus a little BCD knife.
     
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  10. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
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    1,151
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    Entanglement hazards here are constant, fisherman will aim for the dive flag. Thankfully they just get the flag and not the diver usually.

    As for great whites, I'm jealous you get in the water with them...…. bull or especially tiger and I'm out of there.
     
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