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Old 20 January 2007, 16:49   #61
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Its very green though !
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I also usually have a nice folding knife in my pocket which has a whistle built in
ifn yorr gonna yewse de wissul maik shewer yew putt de rite ennd inn yor gobb orr yool lopp yor tong orf an itt wil dropp onn de flaw an de dogg wil eet it an yew wownt bee abul too tel im orf


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My main reservation about the tuff cut scissors is that the jaws may not be wide enough for larger diameter ropes, and a greater amount of coordination and precision might be needed to get the rope/webbing within the jaws than with a more open blade.
True, bear in mind these views are from a Swiftwater Rescue point of view. I have never come across a rope thicker than 13mm. 11mm and 8mm are far more common.

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As for losing the knife at the bottom of the lake, that should not happen, since the knife should be tethered to the sheath with an arm's length of small diameter shock cord (see my earlier photos), and the sheath should be securely fastened to the lifejacket.
Again, from a Swiftwater point of view... the more dangly bits I have on me, the more interesting ways I have to die or be seriously injured. Dangling cords/ropes/straps/webbing are kept to an absolute minimum.

One setup that I have seen, and thought was quite good was a short loop of elastic cord, that went through the hole in the handle of the knife and looped over the sheath, holding the knife in. To remove the knife, you held the handle and looped the elastic cord over your wrist, then released the knife from it's sheath. Quite nice and secure, however... it's now a two handed operation - that can be fiddly if you've got gloves on.

It's swings and roundabouts really. Every way that's a little bit safer tends to also be a little bit more awkward.

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Looks Good Codders.

I Just Ordered On Of These, 3" blade so shouldnt look like rambo, Not Bad For £7.99

Where'd you find that? I wouldn't mind one.

Bright colours are good. Visible.
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Edit-Got it now, cheers Jono. Same shop sells a rather useful looking o-ring sealed drybox.
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All sorts - nice and shiny and I have Magpie syndrome!!!

I mainly carry a Gerber rescue knife but not that impreesed with it as it is a folding action which could be a pain in an emergency. I think I will invest in a RYA type rescue knife - much easier in an emergency.

I also usually have a nice folding knife in my pocket which has a whistle built in along with a fire starting steel. Not much use on a boat with 500L of petrol on board but a great knife!!!
All RYA Dinghy Schools now have to equip their safety boats with a serrated bladed knife for help in rescues in addition they recomend a knife for personal wear on a lifejacket to help rescue crews and self rescue.


here is a link to the knife developed in conjunction with the RYA for RIBS and rescue boats

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and here is a link to the knife the RYA recomend rescue crews and dinghy sailers wear in their lifejackets for personal use

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Again, from a Swiftwater point of view... the more dangly bits I have on me, the more interesting ways I have to die or be seriously injured. Dangling cords/ropes/straps/webbing are kept to an absolute minimum.

One setup that I have seen, and thought was quite good was a short loop of elastic cord, that went through the hole in the handle of the knife and looped over the sheath, holding the knife in. To remove the knife, you held the handle and looped the elastic cord over your wrist, then released the knife from it's sheath. Quite nice and secure, however... it's now a two handed operation - that can be fiddly if you've got gloves on.

It's swings and roundabouts really. Every way that's a little bit safer tends to also be a little bit more awkward.

Cheers, WMM
Iagree about making. Every effort to eliminate unnecessary ropes, cords webbing etc. And to minimize any potential for the necessary ones to create problems. The short length of shock cord that I use is about 1 mm in diameter and folds up very neatly and securely between the sheath and the PFD when the knife is sheathed. If that short cord ever causes a problem, well you've got a knife right there to cut it with.


As for the rationale of not having a knife on your PFD because it might make you look like a poser, that is no different from the poser's rationale for wearing the knife -image rather than function.
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Flares on lifejacket

Anyone carry flares on their lifekacket?

These day / night signals have a red point flare at one end and orange smoke at the other, both burn for about 20 seconds.

I carry them in these little purpose made flare pockets on my lifejacket.

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