An indispensable assistant and faithful companion of a sailor and yachtsman is a sailing knife. Which knife should you choose and what should you pay attention to?
Your ideal knife
A sailing knife is a versatile tool that should be in service with every yachtsman. However, there are many factors to take into account. One of the most important is reliability and reliability. In addition, the knife should fit comfortably in the hand and cut well.
There are also several types of blades; with a pointed end and a blunt end. Which blade to choose should be decided independently and based on needs. The sharp end is more dangerous, but more versatile, and the blunt end is safer, but they can no longer pierce something.
Modern sailing knives must have a mechanism for fixing (locking) the blade. The presence of a high-quality and properly functioning mechanism is an important aspect that should be taken into account. The best option would be a knife, the locking mechanism of which requires pressing a button.
Notice the finger holes on the handle. Such a device helps to better fix the knife in the palm of your hand, but not everyone likes it.
A few words about the blade material - there are a huge number of alloys of varying degrees of reliability. Ordinary steel will be cheap, but its reliability is lame; it is better not to consider ordinary steel at all. Cobalt and stainless steel are great options. They are durable, strong and reliable. Carbide-tipped knives are also gaining popularity, but they are more expensive.
The edge of the blade is another stumbling block. Here, as in the case of the end of the blade, you should choose, as they say, according to your needs. It is best to have two knives - one with a serrated blade and one with a straight one.
Below we have selected some interesting knives. When choosing your ideal knife, you can build on the list below.
Spiderco Salt Series
The Spiderco brand offers a wide selection of knives for almost every taste and color. The Salt series has been designed specifically for sailors, yachtsmen and fishermen. Japanese H-1 steel was used in this series of knives. Its peculiarity is that it is capable of becoming harder with each new use.
Spiderco Salt is rust resistant. The blade is serrated and has a secure fit, as well as a full locking system.
pros: cost (about $100), sharpness and quality of the blade, feels good in the hand.
Minuses: for some it may be too sharp, the locking mechanism may stick (does not affect fixation).
Gill's Marine Tool
Gill Marine has managed to create a versatile and reliable knife. The company positions its product as a lifesaver. The multitool from Gill Marine has a fairly affordable cost, but at the same time it is versatile and easy to use.
This knife is not only good for experienced sailors, but also a good gift for young sailors. This is a quality tool that will help children learn how to safely use one of the most important tools on board.
Pros: stainless steel blade, titanium coated blade, several tools in one, good for emergency, cost (about $40).
Minuses: regular cleaning after use is recommended, especially if the knife has been in salt water; unlikely to last for decades.
Camillus Carbonitride Titanium
Camillus produces a wide variety of knives. One of the highest quality and most reliable lines is Carbonitride Titan. The name of the line comes from the compound that was used to create the blades - titanium carbonitride. This is Japanese VG10 steel treated with titanium carbonitride, 10 times stronger than conventional stainless steel.
In addition to being one of the most durable blades on the market, the handle is made from G10 stainless steel. This is a great durable knife that will serve you faithfully for years.
Pros: high-quality blade and handle materials, cost (about $60, but can be found cheaper), lightness, reliable blade locking mechanism.
Minuses: for some, the blade opening speed may be too high; there is an opinion among users that the blade “out of the box” is not sharp enough.
Blade strength is the hallmark of this knife. It is made of 530V stainless steel. A feature of this steel is good wear protection.
In addition to the fact that the blade is sharp, it can be sharpened almost instantly with any improvised tool. The robust locking mechanism prevents accidental closing or opening of the knife. The handle has a pronounced texture and fits perfectly in the hand.
Pros: sharpness and quality of the blade, reliability and lightness, comfortable handle.
Minuses: cost (about $150), requires cleaning after use in salt water.
Myerchin Generation 2
Myerchin Generation 2 is a complete multi-tool for all occasions of yachting life. The manufacturing company is positioned as a rescue. The handle of the knife is strong, with a good shape that provides a secure grip. Part of the handle is made of G10 stainless steel.
The blade itself is made from German steel. The relatively small dimensions of the blade make the knife convenient and versatile. Comes with a black nylon sheath.
Pros: blade sharpness out of the box, easy to use even with one hand, secure hold, cost (less than $100).
Minuses: not the most reliable scabbard.
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