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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

  2. always, using it seldom

  3. always, never used it

  4. sometimes I remember to bring my knife

  5. why do I need a knife again?

  6. i just use my teeth

  1. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Waiting for the zombies ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: NYC
    So, have we figured out who has the biggest "knife"?
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  2. Storker

    Storker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: close to a Hell which occasionally freezes over
    Again, I'm more than a little fascinated about the cultural divide across the pond. Y'all on the left side of the pond seem to regard a knife as a weapon. As do some left-wing urbanites over here, too, but I'm digressing. Again. But generally, a knife is just a tool over here. That's why I carry a 15cm/6" blade knife on my calf. It's my multitool, and fending off aquatic critters is pretty low on my list of things i use my knife for.
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  3. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    I have plenty of knives that I use as tools topside. I just don't need one underwater over here, just a simple cutting tool
  4. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Waiting for the zombies ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: NYC
    I don't think it's as much a weapon as it is a phallic symbol for a lot of folks.
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  5. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Laguna Beach, California
    I can only think of one time where my dive knife saved my life. Back in the 80's I was freediving for abalone off California's north coast in thick kelp. I had an ab iron in my hand and my huge Voit knife strapped to my right leg.

    I was surfacing with an ab and my snorkle was about 6 inches from breaking the surface when I felt kelp strands cinch tight around my left ankle. I was brought to a jarring stop just below the surface. I tried reaching down to break the kelp but it would not break. I pulled my left fin strap off and kicked my fin off hoping the kelp would slip over my heel. It did not. At this point I had already been on a long freedive so I was running out of air fast. I reached down one more time and grabbed my BFK then cut the strands. I rose that last six inches at the last possible moment as I felt like I was about to black out. I do not dive without a knife. As for use of a knife for protection, if the landlord wants to eat me a knife really won't be of much use. My 2psi.
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  6. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
    I consider knives tools, and I probably only need a small one, let's say similar size to my folding knife.
    My problem underwater is that in order to have good control I need a bigger handle that the ones in small knives.
    I've been using this one for the last 15 years or so.

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  7. divad

    divad Solo Diver

    You mean, like, people who don't have guns?
  8. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Waiting for the zombies ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: NYC
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  9. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Finland
    Cutting device?

    Well... got a bigger one?


    All right, so I had to do some work under water and unexpectedly I needed a saw. A proper saw. But I did not bring my own and hence I was given this piece of :facepalm:(no it does not work).

    Anyway, my tool is bigger than yours :D
  10. vjb.knife1

    vjb.knife1 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: the Big Island of Hawaii
    I usually use the Scubapro on the left or the Spyderco Aytonomy in the second picture.

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