Dive Knives Come in a Range of Styles, Prices

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What kinds of features should I look for in a dive knife?

Dive Knives Come in a Range of Styles, Prices

Choosing the best dive knives depends on the type of diving you do and how much you are willing to pay. Dive knives range in price from about $20-$150, based on design, quality and material.

Like most dive gear these days, there is a variety of dive knives on the market, from folding knives to knives with built-in scissors. A lot of it comes down to personal choice. The bottom line is to make sure you buy a knife that is non-corrosive. Titanium is the choice material, though stainless steel also works.

  • Serrated or straight edge: Serrated-edge knives are more common for diving. They are used to cut and saw rope, net, lines and kelp. Straight-edge knives cut fishing line and do other small tasks. Look for knives that offer dual blades -- straight and serrated.
  • Size and design: A medium-length knife is compact but has a blade length that can get most jobs done. Look for a knife handle that is 4 or 5 inches long, with a 4-inch blade. Blunt-tipped knives help you avoid any accidental punctures of gear while diving.
  • Sheathing: Leg-mounted sheaths look sharp, but holders that fit on your BC are much more convenient.

   

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