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    Posted: 13 Apr 11 at 9:17pm
I want to get a new knife to have on the boat or me when trapezing.  Safety device in case of a tangle.
 
First question - do people think that the knife should be on the boat in a known place for both crew and helm to use or should the crew have it on them?
 
Secondly - can anyone suggest a good knife? 
 
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One knife each. I keep mine on a lanyard in my buoyancy aid pocket. If you ever need it, you want it close to hand and not strapped the the mast of an inverted boat!
 
Which knife? Personal choice, really. I have a cheap folding one from Sailboats. It cuts through sheets reasonably well and doesn't rust, plus the folding mechanism is reliable with minimal maintenance.
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Gill make some decent rescue knives:

That one is specifically for trapeze harnesses, it's probably a one time use kind of thing though.

That one is folding with a serrated blade. You could probably use it for other stuff on the boat too.

Or you could get that BEAST. My scout group keeps one on both of our RIBs, it's a great knife. Bearing in mind it doesn't get cleaned and is left on the boat all season, it's been through 3 years of sailing now and still hasn't rusted significantly. Just be careful when getting it out of the case, it's a good system but if you're not quite sure how it works and try to force it you'll end up slicing yourself open (I speak from experience).


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We have a conventional safety knife on the boat but one of these http://www.force4.co.uk/6430/Spinlock--Safety-Line--S--Cutter.html on our person - it is small, doesn't need unfolding so can be quickly used single handed and slices through webbing or rope under tension easily. It is also almost impossible to cut yourself with it which is a bit of a risk with a conventional blade when all is going pete tong....
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Originally posted by Mister Nick

My scout group keeps one on both of our RIBs, it's a great knife.

 


Your scout group has RIBs???  How things have changed in just a few years.

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Originally posted by Foiling_Toff

 

Originally posted by Mister Nick

My scout group keeps one on both of our RIBs, it's a great knife.

 


Your scout group has RIBs???  How things have changed in just a few years.


We can't sail without them now, health and safety crap >_< We're one of the top Sea Scout groups in the country though so we get Royal Navy funding (provided we pass an annual inspection).
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Personal thing. Having dealt with an entrapment capsize (which turned out ok -but only just), I wouldnt use a folding knife. I had one in the front pocket of my BA but became all fingers and thumbs when it came to it and couldnt open the bugger. Plus they tend to rust/seize I now have a dive knife on the boat which stays safely in its sheath til its needed but is easy to draw. A length on whipping twine stops it falling away til I have a proper grip. Just my preference.
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Well I've now bought a Typhoon folding knife with an external hook blade

http://www.typhoon-int.co.uk/products/typhoon/knives/folding_knife/

Its multifunctional and the external hook means that you don't necessarily need to open the blade to cut lines


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these are very good...

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