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10-19-2008 03:18 AM

I love my myerchin L300 (~$70), I find it easy to open with one hand, locking marlin spike and a red led chart light that doesn't spoil your night vision. I do not consider the slot in the blade a proper shackle key and would never use it as such.

I have a separate heavy duty stainless shackle key / bottle opener on the same halyard but find I don't use those that much (not many shackles on my boat and I generally don't have bottles onboard cause I'm allergic to broken glass).

I use the light way more often than I thought I would, more often than the knife or spike actually.
10-19-2008 02:06 AM
KeelHaulin One of the nicest rigging/sailing knives I have seen was made by Kershaw. It has a rubberized grip, molded (not thin in width) so your fingers grip it easily; serrated blade so it cuts line quickly; a shackle knife and marlinspike on the back side. Everything is stainless so it won't rust. The only drawback is that none of the blades lock so you must be careful while using the marlinspike to work a knot loose but it still is nice to have on a pocket knife. Unfortunately Kershaw does not sell this knife anymore but they can be found used. If another company made a knife similar to it I would buy two.
10-18-2008 10:47 PM
sailingdog The P300 isn't that great a design IMHO, since the handle is aluminum. Mixing Aluminum with other metals in a salt water environment is a really bad idea...and will generally result in the handle corroding fairly badly in a relatively short time. There are much better materials for the handle. Aluminum is also going to be fairly slippery when wet.
10-18-2008 05:43 PM
onewebfoot Just a quick update for a study that ended up progressing over 6+ weeks. Someone asked me to advise if I found a folding rigging knife that I like. Someone else has provided support by providing a link and private eBook review that was not visible (thank you). Someone else initiated an effort to establish a folding rigging knife of one's dreams by approaching knife makers with the premise of this thread and related eBook PDF.

And the fact remains - many types of folding rigging knives exist in all cost ranges, and some inspire passion from their users. Myerchin worked on the new P300 design for years, but the model was launched roughly 2 weeks after the initial PDF eBook and roughly six weeks after this thread started (the 2008 portion). It was quite a coincidence, and the P300 changes the long-term findings of this thread, as this model of folding rigging knife addresses each of the five requested features and more. Thanks, all, for your inputs. I thought I should cite the P300 and the PDF eBook update. Otherwise, the eBook link is the same, but with updated content. Thanks and regards. -Vince
09-11-2008 09:46 AM
arf145 The link works for me.
09-11-2008 09:16 AM
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Here's a link to onewebfoot's PDF. LINK
There's nothing there. It's an invalid page.

If somebody can provide a copy of the PDF, I can put it someplace stable. I'd like to post to a couple knife forums, where knife-makers and their representatives hang out, to see if onewebfoot's research can result in the rigging knife of his dreams .

09-10-2008 08:38 PM
mrwuffles the myerchins work nice i apprenticed on a schooner this summer and one of the crew had them on there rig as they called it they seem like very nice knives
09-10-2008 08:23 PM
sailingdog Be aware that carrying a concealed knife with a blade longer than 2.5" or so in a federal faciilty of any sort is a felony. Also, many states have draconian restrictions on what you can carry in your pocket or under your shirt.

Originally Posted by GoslingNY View Post
I've used the Meyerchin fixed blade knife for many years without a hint of a problem. It's always there when I need it and stays sharp.

If wearing it on shore, tuck it under your shirt or someone will question you about it.


09-10-2008 08:19 PM
GoslingNY I've used the Meyerchin fixed blade knife for many years without a hint of a problem. It's always there when I need it and stays sharp.

If wearing it on shore, tuck it under your shirt or someone will question you about it.


09-10-2008 06:23 PM
sailingdog Here's a link to onewebfoot's PDF. LINK
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