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A rigging knife is a must on any boat . I'm a bit of a collector , This baby is my Myerchin . Hope you like it , lets see yours please .
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Looks brand new! I carry a folder,a Currey Deckhand it's been working for 20+ years...Dale

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Re: Rigging knife

I have one of those mini marlinspikes. The tip was too blunt to get into tight knots, but I was able to file it into a better shape and now it's a pretty handy tool around the boat.

That's a nice looking knife but a too pointy. A good rigging/yachting knife has the profile of a small meat cleaver, with a blunt "point" that won't poke people or things on a moving boat.

To answer your question; this is what I use:

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I actually carry it as my pocket knife. The marlinspike is too small and sharp to be useful for anything other than cleaning my fingernails but the blade is great. It holds an edge surprisingly well and the knife was dirt cheap so I'm not afraid to abuse it.

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Re: Rigging knife

I used to have an old school spike, etc. I've carried one of these inexpensive Leatherman knives for the last 5 years (not multi-tool). Never too worried about losing it, I think I paid about 30 bucks, although, they are a bit more now. It has a serrated blade, which opens with one hand and is razor sharp, plus a regular and phillips screw driver and a bottle opener! I use the screwdrivers all the time, the spike was pretty infrequent. Not going back.

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Re: Rigging knife

My favorite boat knife and for around the house is the blue Victorinox Swiss Army knife. Serrated blade, flat blunt marlin spike with a shackle key, Philips and two flat head screw drivers, can opener, bottle opener, and more. And relatively cheap.

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I've got a Myerchin Gen 2 titanium. I love it and use it all the time. I like that it has an integrated clip that sits securely in your pocket without needing a separate shealth/case for the belt. The opening and closing with one hand is also really nice to have because it seems like when I need it, my other hand is engaged in a struggle with whatever I need it for.


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I carry the stainless version of the Myerchin. It has a sheep's foot tip, not a sharp point. Same scabbard and marlin spike. Great knife.

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Re: Rigging knife

My preference is a SWAT-tactical folding Smith & Wesson knife. Although it has a Stainless Steel blade its a grade of stainless that can 'hold a sharp edge'. I sharpen with 'waterstones' down to 8000 grit - for sharpness equivalent to a straight edge razor.
Most of the stainless bladed 'rigging knives' simply cant hold a very sharp edge.
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Re: Rigging knife

I also use the Victorinox (Equinox?) Mariner. I also. have . cheap knock-off Myerchin for the decent marlinspike within. The elongated, flat spike on the SAK is not good at shifting tight knots or spreading twisted ropes well; but does have a good shackle "key" . THe blade's half-serrations pretty much guarantee I'll. cut thru anything at one go and the blade is * sharp*! damhik

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