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Dive Knives

There is a Joke “ Why do divers dive with a Buddy…. In case of Sharks it halves the odds”, “Why do divers carry a knife… in case of shark, you stab your buddy in the leg”. Well that is not why diver actually carry a knife it is in case of entanglement it is a critical safety devise we carry.

Grey Nurse Shark in Fish Rock Cave

You should carry at least one solid cutting tool on these types of dives, and the best option isn’t always a standard dive knife. Paramedic shears are heavy-duty scissors that can cut through the stainless steel wire used on some fishing leaders. They’re available in special pouches that you can rig to your equipment, or you can simply tuck them away in your BC pocket. A Z-knife is a small S-shaped device with a very sharp razor blade housed inside a curved, protected hook. Both are safer to carry than a knife, and they’re compact and effective at slashing through line.

Scissor Knife

If you opt for a standard knife, use one that’s low profile and that you can mount in an easily accessible position. Knives with blunt tips are more practical because you can use them to dig or pry if necessary, and you’re less likely to stick yourself or your buddy with them. No matter which cutting tools you use, always rinse them well and keep them sharp so they’ll work efficiently.

Blunt or Pointed Knife

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