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For working on my own boat I would use a stiff back knife. When working on commercial vessels I carry a folding knife that I can open with one hand.
Have not found a need for a switch blade (spring assisted knife).
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The problem with spring-assisted blades is that, no matter how good the blade steel is, the spring itself has to be made of mild steel and will corrode away quickly. Use a quality folder - Benchmade, Spyderco, CRKT (Columbia River Knife & Tool) to mention just a few. All make excellent models which cana be opened ambidextrously single-handed. I like the bare-bones models with aluminum housing and would always recommend a semi-serrated edge for shipboard use. This CRKT knife has served me well - I've used it a lot both in and under the water and find it easy to strip if I forget to WD-40 it after use and I keep the edge sharp with a Lansky sharpening kit I have aboard.

p.s. I used to deal in these and I've met a number of the knife designers and they are, without exception, rather strange people - 25% engineer, 25% metallurgist and 50% artist.
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CKRT - that's the knife I was thinking of. Thanks Zan.

Jerry had the M16 Zytel I think. Impressive knife that one.
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I carry a spare 3"(?) kitchen paring knife in a belt sheath. No springs, no hinges, no nothing and it is relatively cheap, although it is a good brand with a good stainless blade. It stays razor sharp. Doesn't get in the way. And no, it doesn't get used in the galley.

I like to know that if I really need it fast, all I have to do is pull it out, no flicks, no opening, nothing that could possibly get messed up.

I also have a backup knife inside my PFD, that's a simple "hinged" one like Zanshin mentions, with a nub on the blade so that it can be swung open with one thumb. That one's much shorter, I couldn't keep anything more than two or three inches long in the PFD without a problem about 'folding' it.
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made in the USA. i always keep it handy and only use in 'must work' situations. for the day to day i have an assortment of swiss army knives and a smith and wesson tactical.
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Not a fan of auto knives

I don't think auto knives are as good as a one hand operation non spring activated knife. I have better grip and control over the knife when I don't have to loosen my grip to push a button. I prefer a good quality knife that I can open with one hand but has a solid lock that moves in front of the blade, not a little notch on the back of it. I really don't want the lock to fail if I need it. My favorite is a Benchmade stryker with a half serrated blade. It opens with very little effort once you get use to swinging it correctly and I don't have to worry about a spring failing, or a legal problem. If auto knives were perfectly legal everywhere, I would still opt for a manual opening knife. There are many high quality knives made similar to the one I posted here, but the design is solid.
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diver's knife

I carry a diver's knife on my belt. It has a 3 inch serrated blade and it clips into it's plastic sheath. It's a one hand operation to press the release with one finger while the rest of the hand has hold of the handle. It's very sharp and stays that way.
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I don't know what type steel is used

Some probably hold up better around salt water. I would think anything used by navy seals would have to be salt water approved.
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http://www.mikov.biz/knives/BMstryker700.jpg

This is the benchmade Stryker in stainless.

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I've carred a CRKT M16 for years. It's not spring loaded, but opens with one hand. It has a belt clip. I sharpen it with the Lansky/Gatgo type sharpening system.
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