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I've already read of people using a dive knife as a pry bar; don't recall why. I think many people are accustomed to using knives for various things, and that familiarity colors their choice of dive gear.
Thanks for reporting the good experience. Years ago I bought a Black Friday special 'titanium coated' cheap dive knife, and it rusted up quite readily. Your link says heavy-duty stainless steel blades with titanium nitride coating to resist corrosion. Cheap enough to replace if they ever get dull. Also glad you mentioned the joint held up.
To me, a major selling point for H1 and LC200N knives is that they are not a lot of work and worry to keep in decent shape (I'm about function more than form; a slight orange glaze patch I can live with). A standard stainless steel dive knife, on the other hand, can be exactly what you describe - after the dive, quickly get a fresh water rinse and dry it. Too much hassle.
One question that comes up...is your cutting tool solely for diving, or do you carry it in other activities (e.g.: as a general purpose pocket knife)? I used mine this morning to pop the balloons cluttering our floor to throw away while our kid's at school.
Or if you are left handed. I finally got a pair of left handed trauma shears for my left handed daughter, just in time for her develop other teen girl non diving interests. I tried them myself and no es bueno for my right hand.
Hi @doctormike . Where do you keep you trauma shears on your harness to keep them out of the way until you need them?I guess my question would be that unless you are spearing and need to kill fish, why would you not just use trauma shears?
For the actual intended purpose of cutting yourself free from intanglement, shears are vastly more efficient and safer than any knife. Titanium shears are $8.00, I have had my current set on my rig for a few years. I guess they are a bit tarnished, but if they ever stopped working I would just replace them. I have never seen the joint break, and they will cut through just about anything without the risk of cutting yourself. The one time I tried to use a dive knife to do something scuba related in Cozumel, it ended up with me searching for a tetanus booster at a local pharmacy...
Am I missing something? Why it has to be a knife at depth? This seems to be a LOT of work, cost and worry to keep the knife in good shape - something that I never consider with trauma shears. I do carry a trilobite as a backup (another safe and convenient option, but not as multi-purpose as shears).
Sorry, I know that wasn't really what the point of this thread was, but I'm always willing to learn!
I am a professional diver and I always dive with a relatively large knife. I understand the people who are sport divers and don't want to carry one for whatever reason, but don't try to tell me that there is no reason to have one, because with well over 18,000 hours diving in 52 years of diving commercially, recreationally and professionally I know better. If you need to cut through 1" blue steel marine rope and remove a net made of it wrapped up in the the props of a submarine or surface boat using trauma shears and a trilobite, good luck. I will see you in a week or so. There are reasons for knives of that size and cutting ability, as well as just "old habits die hard". Besides who knows when you will need to cut some bad guy's air hose, shears are too slow and a trilobite just won't do at all.