Every diver (SCUBA and Freediver) will come across the need for a dive at some point in their diving career. If you are new to idea of dive knives or are thinking about getting one, I have added some extra information below about what you consider before buying a dive knife! Now lets take a look at this knife:
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Made from high corrosion titanium.
Serrated and straight edges
4 inch blunt tipped blade or a 4.5 sharp tip available
Leg straps with quick adjust buckles.
Aesthetically, this knife it has a very sleek and classy look. I used this exact knife on a recent trip to the Keys and it performed very well. The sheath is made of plastic and is attached to two leg straps with buckles on either end making it very easy to attach to either your thigh, calf, or even your arm for ease of use when diving.
The knife itself is made from a corrosion-resistant titanium that will last a very long time. The plastic handle is removable for ease of cleaning post dive and is specially designed to be both comfortable to use and to hold. Titanium is less likely to rust than stainless steel but is always a good idea to rise your gear with fresh water after each dive regardless.
There are two options to choose from when buying this knife – a blunt or a pointed tip. Freedivers often choose a pointed tip so they can spike their fish while SCUBA divers may prefer the blunt tip especially if you are a technical diver or diving with a dry suit (you don’t want to pierce or slash any hoses).
The blade itself is both serrated on one side and straight edged on the other making it useful for slicing and or cutting. The blade on this knife is only 4 inches long on the blunt tip or 4.5 inches on the sharp tipped making this knife comfortable to wear and also easy to carry wherever you may go.
Should I Buy?
Overall this dive knife is a beautiful piece aesthetically and functionally for the price. It is also worth mentioning that this knife is very easy to remove from the sheath with only a two finger grip for those spearfisherman out there. This is tough to beat as a Scuba dive knife and is easily at the top o the list for best scuba dive knife 2018. Atomic aquatics is known for great dives.
What dive knife do you use? What is the best part about your preferred dive knife? Let us know in the comments section below!
How To Choose a Dive Knife
Who needs/uses a dive knife?
Scuba Divers and Free divers use knives but both for different reasons. Free divers need a dive knife to spike their fish (usually with a pointed top), slice fish open (with a smooth blade) and would also need a serrated edge for cutting through things like ropes etc.
SCUBA divers need dive knives particularly if they are technical divers or wreck diving enthusiasts. Unfortunately the underwater world does come with its fair share of fishing lines and ropes which can cause aquatic life or other divers to become entangled. It is important to remember that a dive knife is not a safety device underwater and it should be in no way used to harm or harass aquatic life.
What should I take into account when buying a dive knife?
Size of blade: While diving with a knife is never 100% safe a small blade is most often useful as you can stow it away and carry it easily. The desired size of the knife is based on the individual needs of each diver. I prefer a long thin blade for spearfishing.
Attachment: How can this knife be attached to you or your gear? Dive knives often come with leg attachments or latches that can fit onto your SCUBA gear. You don’t want to lose your dive knife in the middle of a dive so consider where you will put it. Spearfisherman generally use a legs attachment for one handed access and scuba either use leg attachment or a simple clip on.
Types of edges available – A straight and serrated edge is the best option to cut through the likes of plastic as well as fishing line/ ropes. Again this depends on the personal needs of the diver. Dive knives usually come with one straight edge and one serrated edge but you will find single purpose dive knives if it is what you want.
Type of metal: You will find that many dive knives are made of either stainless steel or titanium. It is important to remember that you need to rinse your stainless steel dive knife after every dive as it prevents rusting. Titanium is also a good option as it does not rust but as a result of this the price for titanium knives is much higher. It is always wise to rinse your gear with fresh water and dry it thoroughly after every dive – well treated gear always lasts longer!
Type of handle: You don’t want to hold something uncomfortable underwater – many knifes are ergonomically designed for comfort in use. Many divers also use the handle of their dive knife as a “tank banger” to catch attention underwater. Also, many modern knives have a reinforced metal bottom that can be used to pry if necessary.