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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

I have two: one is a folding knife from West Marine. It is stainless and has a sheep's foot blade that is half serrated, half straight edge, a marlinspike (which has trouble locking open), and a shackle key. I keep it on a lanyard that I wear around my neck when working at the mast, or in my pocket. I forget the price, but I know it was under $20. My second knife is a folding pointed serrated blade knife that opens easily with one hand and locks. The handle is plastic with a fake bone insert with a really cheesy "scrimshaw" carving of a buck. The handle also has a belt clip attached to it. I generally keep this knife clipped to my pocket (on the inside). This knife will cut through anything. I got it for $5 at a flea market.
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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

leatherman Wave for inshore stuff, lots of good tools. I carry it offshore as a tool.

On my PFD I have this:

Last thing I want to do when I need a knife NOW, is open the blade. Also, a quality straight blade is always stronger than a folder. Put some T9 on it or a dab of oil on a cloth and wipe it down. 316 stainless won't hold an edge very long. Look for a knife with a high carbon content. It will rust a little, but preventative maintenance should solve that issue.
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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

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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.

It is great not only on the boat but around the house for weekend chores. After the blade the tool most used is probably the bottle opener, then the screw drivers.
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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

For everything I do in and around salt water, I love anything Spyderco makes in their H1 steel. It takes a fantastic edge, it never rusts, it's simple, and not expensive. And I'm a "knife geek."

I've carried one in the pocket of my lifeguard shorts, and given it no maintenance for a year now. Not a speck of rust on it. They're worth the price.
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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

I've had a Buck 315 for the past 25 years or so. I see many good options above, but I can't understand having knives without a marlinspike. I definitely need the spike more often than the blade. The blade is usually a secondary choice made when I need to give up on a better option!

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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

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I've had a Buck 315 for the past 25 years or so. I see many good options above, but I can't understand to knives without a marlinspike. I definitely need the spike more often than the blade. The blade is usually a secondary choice made when I need to give up on a better option!
I, on the other hand, have been messing about in boats for 11 years now and never even knew that the marlinspike was for undoing seized knots. I thought it was for splicing, which seemed strange to me. Who needs to splice in a hurry....

Now that I know the spike is for getting stuck knots un-stuck I now want one at the ready at all times. Man have I been missing out.....

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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

.......or for pryiing a fouled line that's overwrapped on a winch. There's another urgent need for the marlinspike.
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For everything I do in and around salt water, I love anything Spyderco makes in their H1 steel. It takes a fantastic edge, it never rusts, it's simple, and not expensive. And I'm a "knife geek."

I've carried one in the pocket of my lifeguard shorts, and given it no maintenance for a year now. Not a speck of rust on it. They're worth the price.
But they don't have a model with a marlinspike, as far as I ca tell. Pity.
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.......or for pryiing a fouled line that's overwrapped on a winch. There's another urgent need for the marlinspike.

IMHO, if you can't clear the override by pulling vertically, you need to relieve the pressure with a rolling hitch.

Using a marlinspike is inviting line and finger damage. The wrong tool for the job and not on my boat. I've seen a marlin spike missused for many things, rather like hammers and screwdrivers.
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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

I keep a Gerber Multi Tool with its case attached to my belt at all times. Most of the time I only need pliers and this is where this tool comes in very handy, but if I need a knife, a serrated blade, file, or even assorted screw drivers, this handy tool has them all.
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