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07-21-2010 06:58 PM
tomwatt The pointy part is why I prefer the sheepsfoot blade for these kinds of things.

In addition to the Spyderco-style thumb hole for easy opening, there are several makers sporting a raised stud which also work well. Not everyone is happy with the thumb hole method.
07-21-2010 06:30 PM
hellosailor "pointed knives make me nervous on deck in a sea."
Yargh, unless you be stabbing at sharks.

Mr. Dremel solves the pointy problem very nicely.
07-21-2010 04:36 PM
Siamese Other posters have already mentioned thumb opening as a good alternative to spring operated. I use an inexpensive Gerber that I got at Home Depot. The blade's about 3", it has a very narrow profile, and the blade is half serrated. Also has a clip on the side.

With a smidge of oil on the mechanism, it will pop open with just a flick of the wrist. Very dramatic. Probably even more dramatic if you flick the knife overboard. The thumb operation is super easy, and definitely one-handed. It's a locking back and with a little dexterity, can be closed with one hand.

Just google: Gerber paraframe stainless serrated edge
07-21-2010 04:22 PM
jimmalkin Go with what makes sense for you and your use - I am a huge fan of Boye knives as their edge and blades seem to hold better than the others that I keep on board. Boye Knives Cobalt Blade Boat Knife - Rigging & Sailing Yacht Knife We keep the marlinspike with sheepsfoot end attached to all our PFD's (which are worn when on deck/in cockpit at sea) and use Cobalt 3's for galley work and general sheath knife applications. That being said - pointed knives make me nervous on deck in a sea. Good luck.
07-21-2010 02:32 PM
lydanynom Myerchin's new knife is sourced from China rather than Japan like the rest of their lineup, and so is significantly cheaper. China being China, of course the exact same knife immediately became available without the Myerchin branding through other channels.

I bought two of the generic version because I wanted a couple of serviceable utility knives to have handy on the boat -- one in the toolbox and one on a hook in the lazarette --, and for fifteen bucks I am amazed at the quality of what I got. For what they cost and what I am using them for I don't think it's a deal that can be beat, and I am not going to cry if I lose one over the side. I think I am going to get at least two more.
07-21-2010 11:38 AM
rockDAWG It is not too bad here. I think it is very reasonable.

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07-21-2010 11:22 AM
mccary Like so many others here I have several knife and knife tools; I have 2 leatherman tools, one large and one pocket verity that i use all the time and I have a generic boating knife on board. BUT, I wear a Swiss Army knife, actually an Alingi knife. It is pricey but seems to always fit the bill.
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07-21-2010 11:14 AM
rockDAWG Very good point, QMick. I will follow your suggestion.
07-21-2010 10:27 AM
QuickMick if you go the dive knife route they make both pointed end and blunt... i always opt for the blunt as i tend to need to 'pry' much more often than 'stab'

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07-21-2010 10:18 AM
rockDAWG Thank you Captains for your input.

After reading the entire thread, I think a dive knife with 3" to 4" blade is the best for my intended use. I may pick up an assisted knife as a toy to play with.

Just for your information, I also want to let you know that I drive above the speed limit every single day. I call myself a law bidding citizen
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