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Diving Knives

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by DickP, Sep 10, 2010.

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  1. DickP

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    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?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. hso

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    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.
     
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    I've heard of people using a CRKT Hissatsu as a dive knife.

    Doesn't get much better than that in terms of looks.
     
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    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.
     
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    spyderco rock salt
     
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    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.
     
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    divin knives

    I agree on spyderco or atitanium unit,no magnetic signature .in case of mines torpedos etc,etc
     
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    Uh, what?

    Mines and torpedoes? As in mines and torpedoes used in war?
     
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    Sexy dive knife?
     
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    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...
     
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    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.
     
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    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 or Caspian 2 (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.

    John
     
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    DickP,

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

    This Mantis looks pretty "sexy".
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    Strap them on the inside of your thigh and you'll get less hang ups.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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..........
     
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    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.

    Jeff
     
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    Gerber MkII
     
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