Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
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Re: What sailing knife do you use?
My favorite is a Myerchin with serrated blade, marlin spike and a shackle key built into the blade. Fortunately, most of my shackles have mousing holes in the pin so I can use the marlin spike. I can also use it to trip my Tylaska shackles too. Unfortunately, the serrated blade can get dull cutting Kevlar and Amsteel pretty quickly so I keep a ceramic blade knife down in the Nav Station.
A long, long time ago I used to keep my knife in my pocket but not anymore. The one time I really needed it, it was in my pocket under my bibs which were under a sweater under a jacket that was under a life vest. I could not dig it out in time. I now wear the knife on a detachable lanyard around my neck. Never had an access problem since.
I’m a little bit nervous about something sharp in close proximity to something inflatable. I’d rather have it around my neck than clipped to my vest. My tether has a quick disconnect shackle at the vest end so I don’t need to cut the line.