Diving Knives


September 10, 2010, 10:40 PM
Hello all:

My girlfriend and I are taking a trip to the British Virgin Islands in a few months. I'm trying to find a thigh-strap diving knife as a present for her, but all the ones I've found are flourescent yellow, plastic, utilitarian tools that are not at all what I have in mind.

I'm thinking Ursulla Andress, not Jacques Cousteau.

Could anyone recommend a knife that would look particularly awesome strapped to a thigh?


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September 10, 2010, 10:51 PM
Dive knives are tools first and foremost and if you're going to be doing any real diving that should be your focus.

OTOH, if it's a couple of resort dives get a Ti bladed knife from Mission.

September 10, 2010, 11:09 PM
I think this one is sexy AND a good buy!

Texas Gun Person
September 10, 2010, 11:41 PM
This is what I use when diving most of the time.


Metals that won't rust make life so much easier for a dive knife.

Some places don't allow divers to have a tool on them... in that case I stick it in one of my BC pockets. After all... I would rather break a rule instead of drown.

September 11, 2010, 02:49 AM
Gordon I had one of those (looked like it) from 1979 until 2007 when it got stolen. No rust good blade on mine. Sheath is rather hot and firm but overall it works.

September 11, 2010, 08:46 AM
spyderco rock salt

September 11, 2010, 09:23 AM
Can't help you, I dive Monterey and virtually no one here that dives regularly wears a leg knife. They get hung up on kelp too easy. Mine is small, with a line cutter and attaches to my BCD inflator. The fewer things to get hung up, the better. A lot of people here are running 2 hose regulators (one hose to BCD inflator with integrated octo and one to second stage) with hoseless air integrated computer on wrist and everything else in pockets. The less to get hung up, the better. I even have a folding snorkel that lives in a BCD pocket when I'm not on the surface.

September 11, 2010, 10:44 AM
I agree on spyderco or atitanium unit,no magnetic signature .in case of mines torpedos etc,etc

September 11, 2010, 08:27 PM
Sexy dive knife?

September 11, 2010, 08:36 PM
o by the way, i forgot to go into details about the spyderco in the morning. it is made out of H-1 steel, completely rust/corrosion proof

you can see a pic of it here: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Qgr8hwioIZI/SsU2fr4LboI/AAAAAAAAAhA/vADOoDBbtxQ/s1600-h/rocksalt_inhand.jpg

September 11, 2010, 08:40 PM
Sexy dive knife?

But of coursh, Mish Moneypennay...

Thanks guys, that vintage Aqualung might be just the ticket.

But that Spyderco looks nice too! Got kind of a futuristic kukri look to it...

September 13, 2010, 10:32 PM
I have one of those Aqualung knives, and it's a BIG setup- 5" across at the widest x 13" long. If you get a chance try to measure that out on your girl's leg (tough duty, I know) and consider whether that's something she could wear comfortably.

Hell, for a good cause (and pretty girls are always a good cause) I'll lend you the thing. Had to dig it out of the bottom of a box just now. PM me if you're interested.

September 14, 2010, 09:22 AM
The Spyderco Rock Salt is a great knife, and quite light for its size, but it's BIG. Like, fighting knife big.

I believe an Aqua Salt (http://newgraham.com/store/product/5017/Aqua-Salt--SE-Yellow-SCFB23SYL/) or Caspian 2 (http://newgraham.com/store/product/4543/Caspian-2-Salt-PS-Blunt-SCFB22PSBK/) (this is the blunt-tip version) would be a better choice.

A Hissatsu would be very far down my list of good dive knives. It's a stabby thin blade without a guard.


September 14, 2010, 10:14 AM

What sort of diving do ya'll do or will be doing and where?

This Mantis looks pretty "sexy".

September 14, 2010, 10:28 AM
They get hung up on kelp too easy.

Strap them on the inside of your thigh and you'll get less hang ups.

September 14, 2010, 10:29 AM
I have a Wenoka EX Lock that i really like
i also have one of those vintage aqua lungs and the wenoka is easily several times lighter


September 14, 2010, 05:09 PM
These are nice, not cheap, but you do get what you pay for.


September 14, 2010, 05:25 PM
I've had several dive knives over the years. There was a definite pattern to my purchases: always smaller.

Now, when diving a site a know well, I usually won't bring one. When on a new site or in unfamiliar territory, I might slip something very small into a BC pocket. It's all about streamlining. Anything that disrupts your profile in the water is a bad thing.

People who grew up watching Mike Nelson in Sea Hunt got to thinking that a real diver would strap some big honking thing on their leg. It doesn't take long before you realize what a huge mistake that is.

September 14, 2010, 05:39 PM
I dunno about sexy. Most of the better dive knives I've seen are more utilitarian than sexy. There's a ton of nice stuff you don't want to expose to salt water on a regular basis.

September 14, 2010, 06:15 PM
I've used big, like the Mark V, and small, like a Cold Steel mini 2" (overall). I've found a 3-5 inch blade just seems handier. Though I do have a Queen "Big Chief" folder somewheres, I used to clip onto a belt.

I don't know about that sexy part part either.

I'm guessing not many people are going to really notice the knife..........

September 14, 2010, 09:35 PM
I've had one of those "Sea Hunt" sized AquaLung knives since I used to dive in the '70s. It was a force to be reckoned with, to be sure. It's just what everyone wore back in the day. It's large, heavy, but at least it's large and heavy. I just dug it out to see if it was a huge as I remembered. Not quite, but almost. It's probably illegal in most states, now, especially Kali, where I used to dive. I can carry a handgun concealed in Colorado, but if I carried this knife, I'd be illegal for sure. Go figure.
BTW, I dove regularly amongst the kelp, and it never got hung up, not once.


September 15, 2010, 12:43 AM
Well, FWIW, this is mine: http://www.uwkinetics.com/products/remora-hydralloy

Works fine mounted on the BC inflator hose. I have an older version with a line cutter on the back of the blade.

September 15, 2010, 04:00 AM
Gerber MkII

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