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Old 21 September 2006, 16:47   #11
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I got one of these Skippers Knife from Transmarine. A nice jagged rope hacking blade, the marlin spike is useful and the shackle key is quite simply a bl%dy marvellous idea
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Old 21 September 2006, 17:08   #12
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lidl had similar

it seems ok 5? euro
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Old 21 September 2006, 18:14   #13
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This is probably a silly question but what do you use the shackle key for?


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I got one of these Skippers Knife from Transmarine. A nice jagged rope hacking blade, the marlin spike is useful and the shackle key is quite simply a bl%dy marvellous idea
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For undoing stubborn shackles!!!
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I have always use a folding jack knife. Straight blade with marlin spike on back and you can get them with shackle key and serated blade which is ideal for synthetic rope. One that can be be opened single handed is even better. Obviously need to be stainless steel. Keep on belt in scabbard but also with a lanyard attached to belt and lanyard tucked in pocket. Remember there is no such thing as a good cheap knife. The better quality ones are made from carbon SS ( keeps a better edge) and therefore can rust a little. I use vegestable cooking spray for protection. If you pay less than 40 quid for a knife it probably ain't no good and 60 quid would be better. A good one will last you the rest of your life and maybe save it.
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I've got an old stainless survival knife with the tip ground off and a shackle key(slot I ground in) and line cutter on it. Does the job quite well and has a few useful odds and bits sealed in the handle (compass,waterproof matches,cheap LED torch). It was 12 on ebay a couple of years ago.It HAS rusted-but not badly.
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Old 21 September 2006, 21:56   #17
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If you pay less than 40 quid for a knife it probably ain't no good and 60 quid would be better. A good one will last you the rest of your life and maybe save it.
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The flip side of that is that if you pay 60 quid for a knife and drop it over the side you'll be really p***ed off, while if you pay 20 quid you'll only be 1/3 as p***ed off

A bit like expensive mobile phones IMHO, people buy them for whatever reason and then if they sit on a 300 phone and break it in half they will blub from now until Christmas, whereas if I sit on my 30 phone I go "oops" and go and buy another one
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For an emergency knife, it's best go with a full tang, plastic sheathed knife made for boating better still, made specifially for whitewater rafting. If you get tangled in ropes or webbing when overboard or partially overboard in a boat that is moving (whether because of the motor or the current) you may not have the opportunity to fiddle around with a folding knife. There is also a very high likelihood that in such a situation, a conventional folding knife will end up slicing you and your boat much more extensively than the rope/webbing that entangles you.

The knife I mentioned earlier was designed specifically for whitewater rafting with inflatable boats and for slicing ropes and webbing. This knife is strictly for emergency use and is not to be used for anything else. I have no qualms about spending $40 CAN (~ 20-25 British Lbs) for a tool that I'll hopefully never have to use during my lifetime.

I will also carry a folding knife in a leather sheath on my belt for general knife duties.
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The flip side of that is that if you pay 60 quid for a knife and drop it over the side you'll be really p***ed off, while if you pay 20 quid you'll only be 1/3 as p***ed off

A bit like expensive mobile phones IMHO, people buy them for whatever reason and then if they sit on a 300 phone and break it in half they will blub from now until Christmas, whereas if I sit on my 30 phone I go "oops" and go and buy another one
Steven. That is what the lanyard is for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also cheap knives don't work.
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I have the Whitby saftey boat knife i have found it to be very durable also very sharp and the end is rounded so no burst tubes i have cut through an inch thick piece of rope with reasonable ease. It doesn't seem to be showing any signs of rust after 2 seasons hard use. Also the holder is very strong and secure it has never come out. I use the leg straps when i am working on a saftey boat and fing them to be very effective in times when you need it quickly.

http://www.shop4leatherman.co.uk/res...oat_knife.html
We have been issued with these for the Pompy patrol work - very nice bits of kit
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