Tip on a good diving knife
as the Title suggests i need tips on a good diving knife. ive never owned one before and there is such a huge amount of them out there that i thought i would come to a group who knows what they are talking about.
I would rather not have to pay to much. sticking more around the 40 ish dollar range. but i would pay some more if it turned out to be a very good quality knife.
Thank you in advance!
After going through a bunch of knives, I have come to the conclusion that bigger is not better in this department. I've been using a Underwater Kinetics Ramora serrated blunt end for a decade now and it's small, light, easy to carry, and does everything I need a knife to do. I also carry a pair of surgical shears for entanglements since I dive solo quite a bit.
And welcome to the forum!
Of course everyone has a personal preferences. Some of the things I look for as musts 1.) Titanium 2.) line cutter 3.) 3 - 5 inch blade I also like a serrated or partially serrated blade with a blunt tip, A metal butt or end is nice so I can also use it as a tank banger. The ability to cut line, nets is an absolute must.
Spyderco carries a good line of knives. I tend to look for titanium. I can't get stainless to hold an edge and stay rust free.
like Saudio said .. "bigger is not better".
you don't have to spend big dollars on a dive knife.
the knife i use is double edged .. a straight/regular edge on one side and serrated on the other.
make sure the blade can easily be sharpened, if not take a file to it.
I find it strange that out of a dozen guys that I dive with only my regular buddy (a chef) and myself regularly sharpen our knifes.
knifes tend to be forgotten, knifes get dull over time, even with non use, they need to be touched up.
try cutting a tomato with a dull knife, same thing happens with a dull dive knife.
if I can't shave the hair off my arm then I sharpen my knife.
having said all that I very rarely use my knife, but if I ever have to I know it will be up to the task.
HC you areright(+)
Knives will lose their edge when exsposed to things like water. even if they are not used. So always maintain your knife as if you have been cutting down redwoods. Because the only thing more dangerous than a sharp knife is a sharp knife that is dull. just horrible to have that problem jump out of the box on you.
Reguarding serrated, saw tootoothed blades. I have always found them to be like the saw blade on a SWAK. wonderfuly at what they are desinged to do. But too short to really cut anything of significant size. That is because they are too short to get a decent stroke before you have to reverse and stroke the other way.
ok that was just my .02 that you paid nothing for. so you got your monies worth out of it.
Last edited by Domonic-A; 05-11-2013 at 09:06 AM.