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Old 11-09-2017, 01:36 PM   #1
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Knives For Emergency use

Looking to put knives in certain places on the boat for emergency needs. I will hang them and when I need a knife I will know where to find one.
Not knowing much about knives what brand should I buy?
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:38 PM   #2
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Different uses demand different blades.

Jack of all uses blades?
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:45 PM   #3
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You can get away with a single knife for most purposes. Folding blade, easily opened with your thumb. recurved blade, half the blade is serrated, the other half wit a knife edge and a bit of belly. Keep it in your pocket.

It will slice what needs to be sliced and cut through rope. It is always available and can be reached from anywhere and opened with one hand.

Leaving knifes stashed around the boat is a good way for someone to accidentally cut themselves.
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:05 PM   #4
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Looking to put knives in certain places on the boat for emergency needs. I will hang them and when I need a knife I will know where to find one.
Not knowing much about knives what brand should I buy?
depending on the port of call; I'd say K bar.
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:08 PM   #5
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I leave a big no-name diving knife by the lower helm. I also carry a locking one-hand opening Kershaw with the tip ground down to a sheep's foot. (actually the tip broke off)
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:26 PM   #6
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You can get away with a single knife for most purposes. Folding blade, easily opened with your thumb. recurved blade, half the blade is serrated, the other half wit a knife edge and a bit of belly. Keep it in your pocket.
Agree, folding, half serrated. I keep a small one in my pocket for everyday usage. It would have trouble slicing through butter. I keep another hanging on a long nylon strap by lower helm. I can hang it around my neck if needed. . Only used if a rope wraps around the prop or have to cut anchor rode in a hurry.

Used it once when poly line wrapped around prop. Like sawing through iron but it worked.
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:28 PM   #7
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We keep a Morakniv knife, with a 4Ē blade, on the back deck. Iíve had it for 20 plus years and gets used for cutting, opening paint cans, as a bait knife, scraping things, etc. For me itís a utility tool. I can just grab it if there is something in my other hand. UV has chewed up the handle a little but it will still hold an edge.

Knives are a lot of personnel preference. Some like the serated blades or knives that fold. This one works for us.
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:28 PM   #8
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kartracer,
i'd have to echo Shrew on type of blade. its okay to maybe velcro a blade somewhere it might be very useful but we also always have one with us when we cruise. For emergency purposes on a boat IMHO, it absolutely must be able to be opened with one hand and at least a portion of the blade should be serrated (to more easily slice through various kinds of dock line).
There are several good suppliers, in fact there's a failry good inexpensive one at Westmarine. I also like CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool).
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:36 PM   #9
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Navy MK3 Mod 0 diver's knife with issue scabbard. Cuts, saws, punctures, hammers and (except for the tip - notorius for breaking off) takes substantial abuse without damage. It stays in a dedicated puka handy to the helm.

Also have a folding Gerber that stays in my pocket.
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:12 PM   #10
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Dexter-Russell 3 1/2 inch Tiger Blade Utility knife w/sheath. About $10 online. Try one on some line. We keep one strapped to the Sampson Post in the bow so everyone knows where it is.
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:15 PM   #11
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I always have a Kershaw chive folding knife in my pocket, and an Eagtac flashlight in the other...

The Kershaw is an old style locking blade knife with half serrated blade that holds a good edge. Good for cutting lines, roots, cables, etc.
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:28 PM   #12
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Navy MK3 Mod 0 diver's knife with issue scabbard. Cuts, saws, punctures, hammers and (except for the tip - notorius for breaking off) takes substantial abuse without damage. It stays in a dedicated puka handy to the helm.

Also have a folding Gerber that stays in my pocket.
Same here, but with broken tip.

Puka? Were you stationed in Pearl Harbor? I still use the term.
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:32 PM   #13
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you guys are crazy with the nice knives! We keep a few of the cheapie blue handled bait knives (~$4, with sheath) around. You're going to float test it, it will rust, you'll cut stinky bait with it. Dont get attached.
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you guys are crazy with the nice knives! We keep a few of the cheapie blue handled bait knives (~$4, with sheath) around. You're going to float test it, it will rust, you'll cut stinky bait with it. Dont get attached.
My Navy dive knife was free; it only cost me 11 years of my life.

But yeah, knives and flashlights are almost communally shared property. Have lost and found many in my time.
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I had a variety on board, but used a Myerchin rigger type knife and a Dexter filet knife the most. You want at least one knife handy that can cut any line you have on board very quickly. It also never hurts to a few Swiss Army type knifes and all-in-one tools around as well/

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Opinel, the knife of all trade

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Dexter-Russell 3 1/2 inch Tiger Blade Utility knife w/sheath. About $10 online. Try one on some line. We keep one strapped to the Sampson Post in the bow so everyone knows where it is.
I second these knives. Sprinkled about the boat in various locations. Doesn't take the place of a personal knife but very nice to have handy. Cost is peanuts.Hamilton Marine has the red handle "Lobster knives" by the case. Similar to these but blade is a little more brittle.
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That's funny I do the samething, but with guns.
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Dexter-Russell 3 1/2 inch Tiger Blade Utility knife w/sheath. About $10 online. Try one on some line. We keep one strapped to the Sampson Post in the bow so everyone knows where it is.
Probably a very good choice for the bow. The serrated blade makes a quick cut on an anchor rode or safety line when in a hurry. I’ve tried cutting poly or nylon lines with different blades and the serrated blades win hands down.
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Yepper, Spy - bubblehead out of Pearl for a good while.
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