Test your cutting devices especially EMT shears

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divad

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I have used a bfk on a charter with a fouled prop and, yes, the dainty devices would have been useless, but the BFK was supplied by the charter and I got a free trip for my effort. Thanks Dennis @ Silent World.

If you are wrapped up in almost invisible mono-filament are you REALLY happy to see a stranger coming at you with a BFK?
 

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I use a Spyderco Pacific Salt 2 folding knife and a Spyderco Autonomy; both with blades made from H-1 and they require no special sharpener other than what you would use on a similar knife made from other steel. It does require more sharpening than a harder steel but it takes a fairy keen edge. I work in and around the ocean using the Autonomy while diving and the Pacific Salt on the surface. They definitely do not rust, but I do rinse them regularly in fresh water.

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Those are nice knives but you can get much better value with alternatives like green river.
 

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Everyone has their favorites. For fixed blades I will stick with my UDT knife the Scubapro that has served well for many years or my custom made Shane Sibert knife shown in the second picture that I posted. I also dive a Randall model 16 sometimes. Getting value when purchasing a tool is rarely at the top of my list of requirements.
 

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How often are all of you actually using your cutting devices to get them dull?I
Surely they don't get dull if not being used?
I have a titanium knife that I have for many years and it's still as sharp as when I got it. However, it doesn't get any use. It just accompany me on my dives.
Have a stainless steel shear as well. I've never needed to use it under water either, though I have cut a couple of straps and bungee with it. It's very effective. I spray it down with wd-40 after most dive. It retains a coating that seems to last a few dives.
Have a ceramic line cutter for backup.
 

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Thanks for the heads up. I clean my shears after a dive trip but I don't think I've ever bothered to test cutting stuff with them (except when I first got 'em).
 

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I work as a diver and work on two surface boats and a Submarine. About once or twice a month one or the other of them has either fishing line, a net or other debris wrapped up in the props. I get to clear them and then there are other miscellaneous tasks. Every day I use my Spyderco folder for something. I sharpen knives maybe once a month or so.
 

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This ground down Betty Crocker steak knife has never been rinsed or sharpened, has made over a 1,000 dives in both fresh and salt water in the last 12 years, gets used multiple times a year to cut old mooring lines off wrecks, only cost a couple dollars, and still cuts those 1 inch mooring lines in just a few passes.


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I like my cutback WMF steak knives in homemade webbing sheaths.
Didn't cost much, and will last longer than I will.

Michael
 
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