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Re: Pocket knife - Marlin Spike - What?

I have a Camillus with locking marlin spike and shackle tool. I keep the non locking blade just sharp enough to strip electrical wire and cut half inch nylon line. On our boat there is always a sharp knife within reach whether a filet knife, a pairing knife, a box cutter, chef's knife or utility knife. Plus whatever knife happens to be in my pocket, I own several high quality pocket folders.

With the increased use of nylon ratchet straps and twine at work even a properly tied knot may need assistance to be untied. There are still a lot of people that were never taught to tie proper knots. The need for a marlin spike constantly presents itself.

Having spent over 30 years as a professional mariner I feel undressed when not carrying a knife and penlight. And when on a vessel my trusty Camillus with marlin spike is always with me and the marlin spike is used frequently. I would question the bonafides of a mariner that says they have no need for a marlin spike or is unable to splice three strand or woven line.
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Re: Pocket knife - Marlin Spike - What?

A friend arrived in Lauderdale on one of the Whitbread Round the World boats and gifted me with his rigging knife from the race. I took it home after the crew party and tossed it on the table as I retired for the night.
Waking in the early morning to relieve myself, I noticed a ghostly green glow on the table and was pretty freaked out until I realized it was my new rigging knife.
What a brilliant idea; a glow in the dark rigging knife! Thanks Wichard.
I put a 8" lanyard on it so I can pop it out of a pocket without digging, but without a loop so it can't get caught on anything. Stick the lanyard in your mouth and you can open your knife one handed quickly and easily.
Anyway, it stays sharp and has a spike and a shackle pin blade.
The perfect tool now resides in a sheath just inside the companionway, always handy.

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I used to carry a folding knife with a locking marlin spike in my pocket. I now carry a Swiss Army multi tool on my belt. Single handing I sometimes carry both when underway. I find the multi tool has so many uses that I now feel it's priceless.

It's so nice to have the screwdrivers and scissors in addition to just the blade and spike, bonus is that they all lock open. I just wish the multi tool had a heavy duty serrated blade, although the knife is very sharp.

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Waking in the early morning to relieve myself, I noticed a ghostly green glow on the table and was pretty freaked out until I realized it was my new rigging knife.
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Sounds like one to many solo passages.
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I used to carry a folding knife with a locking marlin spike in my pocket. I now carry a Swiss Army multi tool on my belt. Single handing I sometimes carry both when underway. I find the multi tool has so many uses that I now feel it's priceless.

It's so nice to have the screwdrivers and scissors in addition to just the blade and spike, bonus is that they all lock open. I just wish the multi tool had a heavy duty serrated blade, although the knife is very sharp.
That's rule number 9 always Carry a knife

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Yikes!! If I recall, mine was about $35 in the mid 90's, now $100. Guess its time to be a bit more careful not to lose it. And hit up the local pawn shop to buy a few more......


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just looked up my old buck,interesting I bought it in 1977 ,its now sales for 3 times what I paid for it..maybe now that it is a collectable knife I should leave it at home and buy a cheapie???...
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Here's a good cheap riggers knife I have 2 on my boat and one in my pocket



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Re: Pocket knife - Marlin Spike - What?

I know this is an old thread, but I haven't found any other threads that delve into rigging knives. While my preference is for a fixed blade, I just purchased a new folding knife. I haven't had enough time to test out the claims, but so far I like the quality.
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I bought a Camillus Carbonitride folding knife last year. Locking blade, locking spike. For an fairly cheap knife, it has proven to be excellent. On Amazon for less than $20
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