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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

All these votes for the Leatherman have me rethinking how I feel about it. Iíve always thought of them like a Swiss Army knife: useful, but definitely inferior to more purpose made tools. And Iíve found my Leatherman tool (admittedly a knock-off version, albeit a good one) to be even less helpful than my Swiss Army knife. Maybe I need to try a real Leatherman ....
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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

Knife or tools (for sailing purposes) need to be handy and that doesn't mean carrying it on your person.

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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

I get whatever Defender has on clearance, any good quality serrated clearance knife. Some really good deals out there, I keep one in a sheath on the binnacle and two or three more convenient to the companionway, all crew is instructed to cut a line before safety is compromised, there is always a small amount of time to agree, while we have never had to, it needs to be covered.
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Knife or tools (for sailing purposes) need to be handy and that doesn't mean carrying it on your person.
That's true, if you're always close enough to it, to reach it, with one hand caught in something. Our primaries are 8ish ft apart, let alone 10-12 ft from the coach top winches. Better be carrying.


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Re: What sailing knife do you use?

My son wanted to start making knives and needed something to practice on. So we looked up some designs and he made me this. Not bad for a first effort. This spring I lashed it to the binnacle as an emergency/utility knife ...actually came in hand a few times.
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My son wanted to start making knives and needed something to practice on. So we looked up some designs and he made me this. Not bad for a first effort. This spring I lashed it to the binnacle as an emergency/utility knife ...actually came in hand a few times.
That is a nice sturdy sheepsfoot!
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My daily driver is an abused folding pocket knife that I keep in my life jacket pouch.

I also have a beautiful custom rigger's knife. It's a gift from a friend, a pro knife maker. I don't want to taint it with use but he insists that I put it to work. In the meantime it's on display on a settee shelf.

I still haven't found my ideal knife. It needs to have a sheepsfoot blade, thick spine for knocking with a mallet, non-serrated for easier sharpening, folding, one-hand opening/locking/closing, no spike because I have no 3-strand on board, shackle key, maybe a screwdriver, corrosion resistant, lanyard ring, light and compact, inexpensive so I won't cry when (not if) it tumbles overboard.

If you see one let me know. I'll buy a dozen.
A spike is essential on a good rigging knife even if you have no three-strand line aboard. It is quite helpful in undoing stubborn knots and as mentioned above, helpful with opening or tightening shackles.
One of the best features of my Wichard is that it glows in the dark.
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A spike is essential on a good rigging knife even if you have no three-strand line aboard. It is quite helpful in undoing stubborn knots and as mentioned above, helpful with opening or tightening shackles.
One of the best features of my Wichard is that it glows in the dark.
Huh. I've never had satisfactory success with a spike but you make a good case.

And glow in the dark is cool.

Thanks for the insight.
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Leatherman Wave. Best multitool there is. Only downside I've found is, like any other tool they eventually go Splash. And there like $90. I've been through three of them.
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Huh. I've never had satisfactory success with a spike but you make a good case.
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Be aggressive...far as you can work it.
Add a set of pliers and youre golden
Unless its melted together...

Imo, its knowing where to break the knot
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