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Knives

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by Mike Matthews, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. Mike Matthews

    Mike Matthews Solo Diver

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    O.K. folks, what about period correct blades? Does everyone go with the all you need are a set of EMT snippers theroy of divers bladed tools?
     
  2. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

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    Well, since no one else will answer I will. Then I got to go walk the dogs.

    I have a ScubaPro Stilleto which I wear on my upper arm, when I use it and I also have a Technisub Grissbi knife from USD that is worn on my lower leg. I only use these vintage. My "modern" outfit I carry a fairly large Wenoka in a click scabbard on my left hand waist belt. That way I can draw it out with my right hand and cut any offending critters in to several pieces or scare scuba dudes! I bought it circa 1982. It is pretty big and realy pointy looking and I like it and I don't care what Padi thinks of it! The old Grissbi too. N
     
  3. Bob3

    Bob3 Dive Shop

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    The best vintage blade is a USN Mk2, I had one that I removed the pommel & installed a hand guard on & reassembled.
    Not rust free, ya needed careful rinsing & drying after dives.
    I have one of those ScubaPro Stilletos too, kinda big & pretty useless.
    The "Big Chief" folder on a clip is another old favorite.
    I have my little Gerber River Shorty on my weight harness - left shoulder strap for the "real" cutting jobs. :wink:
     
  4. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

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    It must be a different Stilleto because mine is fairly small and slender as a knife goes which is why it fits on my upper arm so well. The MK2 is a good unit, I had one of those and lost it a long time ago.
    When I was in college the local dive shop was always hooking me up with a salvage job in one of the nearby lakes, rivers. Always no visibility, often deep and with current and fishing line and a few times old ski ropes or seine nets used once for sturgeon I guess when that was legal (assuming it is not now). I used my knife on a number of occasions. It was good also to stick into the bottom to hold me against the current while I rested and pondered upon why it was I was 30 feet down in a river in zero viz looking for some guys fishing rod. That salvaging was not a money maker for sure--most of the time people had no idea where they dropped whatever it was they wanted me to find so you can imagine my success ratio. N
     
  5. Mike Matthews

    Mike Matthews Solo Diver

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    I have a small, slender scuba pro stilleto I bought in 1978 I use. Recently I lost my US Diver Seahawk and have been shopping Ebay to replace it.The stilleto works for small jobs and the Seahawk is handy for sinking UBoats.

    I noticed some folks are trying to sell the equivalent of leathermans. How can you operate one with gloves on?


     
  6. Bob3

    Bob3 Dive Shop

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    OOPS! Mine is a Sportsways, not SP.
    http://i13.ebayimg.com/01/i/02/d3/ce/cd_1_b.JPG
    That's where the hand guard came in handy, it was like a "Goodman handle" for your knife. :wink:
    Guess maybe I should start making the critters, eh? :D
     
  7. Turtleguy9

    Turtleguy9 Instructor, Scuba

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    [​IMG] I Finally got the period knives I wanted. I now have two US Divers Vulcan knives. For work I use a Wenoka push button lock knife. Now all I want to get is a nice custom vintage looking suit.
    Turtleguy
     
  8. DA Aquamaster

    DA Aquamaster Directional Toast ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My second dive knife was a faily short (for the period) SP stilletto. I suspect there were a couple different knives with the name and I remember one as being a lot longer with a metal handguard and looking a lot like a sykes-fairburn commando knife. Mean looking but not real practical.

    In contrast my stilletto has a relatively thin blade about 5" long that is serrated on one side and has a molded on rubber handle. It is absolutley one of the sharpest and most useful knives I have ever owned and would do doubel duty as a fillet knife in a pinch. Like R.Lee Ermy says about the K-bar "It's sharp, it stays sharp, and it's easy to sharpen". Best dive knife I have ever owned.

    My first dive knife was a combination knife and ab iron by Aquacraft that was at least a foot long and weighed at least a pound.

    I suspose to be really vintage, a USMC K-bar carried on a military surplus web belt with weights bolted to it would do the trick.
     
  9. Bob3

    Bob3 Dive Shop

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    Hmmm... I see who was bidding against me on ebay now ... :wtf:


    :D
     
  10. ZenDiver

    ZenDiver Dive Charter

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    I dive with a Sea Hawk......my favorite dive knife in the world. Carry it mostly for luck and the fact that its the biggest dive knife on the boat....=) I also get to remove lead form my belt.
     

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