Knives for PFD's

For kayak touring (or canoe touring I guess) what do you like: Folding vs non-folding, blunt/sheepsfoot vs sharp /drop point?

I’m not trolling, as I have a Boker with a sharp point and a Spyderco with a blunt point. I just can’t seem to decide on a favorite.


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which literally translated means, could you rephrase the question. personally, i can’t carry enough armor for my paint ball rootin tootin shootin cohorts but to get to the meat and the low carb potatoe of the matter, i carry a blunt tipped gerber. pulled from the sheath. only with intent. of doing damage. to grammar.

a folding spyderco in a pocket
I used to have a Gerber Shorty on the outside of my vest. After taking a SWR class and getting it hung up on ropes and various other equipment, I opted for a more streamlined appearance. The Spyderco fits the bill…

Two Gerber shortys for sell…cheap…make an offer…

Emerson lagriffe

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wwr (white water rescue), sharp as sin, simple as pie. Get a teklok device to attach to pfd. costs about 55 bucks. You will not saw to cut through a 9mm climbing rope, one swipe; good steel.

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What I recommend is sea snips fron EMT shears with big handles unless you might be cutting a person out of a pinned boat in WW Safe and effective.

Whatever you choose make it a blunt and treat it with boeshield T-9. Developed by boeing to protect aircraft parts fron corrosion.

I use
a shorty non folder Gerber w/ a chisel point. Seems to hold a good edge and always there.

I have one and…
I find it pretty useless too…

Hi! I’m Sing And

– Last Updated: Jan-11-04 8:45 AM EST –

I admit to having a slight knife fetish. :) Seriously, I love sharp tools and have a decent collection of production and custom knives.

After losing a great custom fixed blade made of talonite (non rusting alloy), this titanium knife has become my favorite for kayaking:

Titanium will not hold an edge as long as good stainless steel but it will never, ever rust. Not even, most important for me, in the salt water environment. For that non rusting quality, you need to be proficient at sharpening your own knife. A good skill to have anyway.

Stainless steel in the salt environment still need assidious care. A fixed blade is easier to care in terms of rinsing and cleaning. A folder is fine in fresh water. However, in salt, the pivot area of a folder is very succeptible to rusting because you may not have rinsed sufficiently to clean away accumulated salt and sand that are hidden in the pivot area. That means a bit more periodic maintenance with taking apart the folder, if possible. Some of the less expensive folders cannot be taken apart because the pivot is built around a rivet. More expensive folders use small screws to hold the pivot post in place and allows for disassembly.

Anyway, the titanium fixed blace has worked well for me. It hangs off one of my shoulder straps and I haven't hand any problems thusfar with it hanging things up. Can't beat the price. Not too long ago, titanium knives were much more expensive, going for 300 percent or more than the one posted above.

I like my knives with pointed tips. I think this gives the knife more utility and applications this way. Just my preference over some of the other tip configurations.

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yak blade
I have searched for, and found, the best blades FOR ME.

I use a cheap copy of the CRKT Bearclaw. And my favorite, the Smith and Wesson HRT with a serrated blade.

The finger hole style is great to hold on to with wet or slimey hands.

If you want a blunt tip, put it on a grinder for a couple seconds.

For knife design freaks.

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The Bear Claw is a knockoff of the lagriffe. With a handle to make it look different. There are a lot of ways to go on this choice. From a 15 dollar taiwanese knife to a gorgeous stellite never-rust, sharp as heck over $100 knife. Not everyone will want to spend good money but whatever you end up with, cut a line as thick as your tow line or rescue line with it once a season or so, so you know where you stand. If you're sawing, that dog won't hunt!

Another Emerson
In principle, I prefer a fixed blade for kayaking, but this one’s a folder - and seems to have the right blade features. Prblem is it’s expensive. Probably too rich for my blood.

Same site - different knife

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I like the blade design and size on this one - a chisel point mini dive knife with serrated on side, straight the other, and a line hook. A litte smaller than most others I'm looking at. Pretty cheap too. Wish I could find something more like this in titaniun as I've had trouble keeping some cheap dive knives rust free.

Others that look good are the Benchmades with H1 steel, including the River Rescue partially serrated fixed blade and the new 6H2O Rescue Hook. Also the Columbia River Hammond ABC Dive Knife Rescue Blunt Tip. Also looking at the lagriffes and cheaper similar blades from CRT and S&W. Finger hole makes sense.

Skip the dirt cheap Chinese lookalikes - they aren't so similar in person. Lot's of really cheap neck knives like these on eBay, etc. Junk.

Most of the quality fixed blades with the features I want are just a bit bigger than what I really want hanging on my PFD - may try that little dive blade - or keep looking.

certainly no folder!
I use a shorty non folder Gerber with chisel point

clipped to my PFD, that I only use for safety reasons,

emergencies and such.

For ‘normal’ use I have a Boker Specialist I (tanto) knife

with me, in the canoe.

The Boker Specialist really is one of the most practical

lightweight knifes for a relatively reasonable price IMO.

Bench made Non-Folder. has a cool plastic lock-in sheath that allows it to be attached any direction you like.

That does sound cool!
Can you give me mofe info on the knife so that I can take a look. Always wanting to see what is up!

Two for me…

I carry two knives while paddling/fishing. One is for entanglement emergencies and the other is a daily tool.

*a Gerber skinning knife with a razor blade that can be changed in a minute. It will cut through a trot-line, a one inch strap, or a 1/4" braided nylon rope in one swipe without fear of the blade touching me. It comes with a nylon sheath and has a little pocket for extra blades. Only cost about $10.

*an inexpensive folding, lock blade such as the one I carry every day in my pocket. After losing a nice Benchmade folder a couple of years ago I’ve been using el-cheapos as daily tools so I won’t shed tears when I break or lose it.

Whatever knife you end up with…
Remember if your w.w. kayaking (or canoing) and you need a knife fast! prepared! Wet-exiting in fast water with strainers can be deadly, if you can’t reach your knife and you get hung up your in for a world of hurt.

Be Safe!


this is it

nice!, but???$$$

you get what you pay for…

and you pay for what you get!
They do look nice though.