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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

I bought what someone recommended that clips to your PFD. It has such a small hilt that I cut myself the first time I tried to use it. It is a Samish Stiletto Good idea but bad design. It will lay in the took kit unused.
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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

I have a Davis also, use it all the time, its cheap and durable, if I lose it I wont cry
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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

The Wichard knive does not flick open, nor do I want to.

I use the Marlin spike regularly to break knots that have seized. The shackle key is invaluable.

I wear the pock-it pouch on my pfd, which I always wear. The knive is on a lanyard attached to the pfd. I have a wrist strap on the mag lite.

I am often tethered; a knife is mandatory.
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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

Swiss Army Mariner (also sold as the Helmsman). Costs $30 on Amazon a little more at West.

Mine lives in the front pocket of my sailing shorts.

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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

Sailing, I carry a Myerchin Offshore Folder -- serrated blade cuts through anything. Nice size -- substantial enough for any job, but not too big. Great workmanship.



Work days on the boat, I carry my Leatherman Wave.
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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

Spyderco C45SBK Rescue 79 mm

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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

Don't carry a knife on a regular basis. But I have available a Leatherman tool and if I am attending something that needs fixing that is likely to be with me. But if I need to cut something thre is a box cutter with a new blade available but if it is a serious job like a rope around the prop the bread knife with it's serrated edge is the weapon of choice.

Da** fishpots with transparent coke bottle floats set sub surface.

BUT there has been a deal of talk recently about clipping on when out of the cockpit. I rarely bother with my safety harness and when I do I am usually clipped on in such a way as to be held on the boat if I fell. However the stories about people being recovered drowned because they were dragged along has made me think that perhaps I should have a cutaway knife of the type the parachutists use tied to the harness.

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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

The same Case XX that I carried through a few wars and then several years working on Tow Boats.

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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

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The Wichard knive does not flick open, nor do I want to.

I use the Marlin spike regularly to break knots that have seized. The shackle key is invaluable.

I wear the pock-it pouch on my pfd, which I always wear. The knive is on a lanyard attached to the pfd. I have a wrist strap on the mag lite.

I am often tethered; a knife is mandatory.

Ahhhh I get it. I always wondered why they would have a marlinspike on an "ermergency knife". I guess I was thinking it was for splicing, and I couldn't imagine needing to splice something STAT. That's what knots are for.

Here is what I want in a knife, in order:

1: Must be able to be easily carried and EASILY opened with a cold wet half-frozen hand.

2: Must be able to cut through rope quicly and easily.

3: Should thrive on abuse. Especially repeated salt water immersions without rinsing. (I don't baby my tools)

4: Shouldn't be easy to cut oneself with wet slippery hands when using the knife.

5: Shouldn't cost too much.

6: A shackle key would be a plus.

I'm thinking that if they meet #2 Jackdale's Wichard or the Spiderco Rescue might fit the bill nicely. Though the Spiderco does better in the "what word would I say when I drop it overboard" contest than the Wichard.

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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

The Wichard blade locks open and it can be finicky to get closed.

Other than that it seems to meet most of MedSailor's criteria.

The lanyard prevents it from going overboard, unless I do so.
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