How Do You Mount a Diving Knife?

August 22, 2022 4 min read

If you're in the market for a diving knife, you're probably wondering how to mount it. Here are some tips and tricks. We'll also cover the Traditional mounting position, Safety considerations, and Metals used in diving knives. Finally, we'll talk about the Tanto tip, the most popular style. And remember, your knife shouldn't be too big or too heavy.

Traditional Mounting Position

One of the most important aspects of wearing a dive knife is finding a secure mounting position. This will ensure that you can reach your knife easily without accidentally pulling it off your body. The traditional mounting position is on the diver's leg, below the knee, where two straps secure the knife. However, this traditional mounting position can entrap kelp and seaweed. Moreover, it is not the most convenient location to reach for a knife when an emergency situation arises.

Fortunately, there are two traditional mounting positions for a diving knife. A torso mounting position is common for emergency knives, while leg-mounted knives are best for daily use. In addition to being able to reach and use your knife with one hand, dive knives also offer other advantages. They can prevent rusting and splinters, and the blades are easy to sharpen. But, if you use your knife frequently, it may get dull and rusty.

Safety Considerations

A diving knife can prove very useful for removing debris that may accumulate underwater. In addition to your buoyancy prowess, you may need to cut through debris to reach the treasure that you're looking for. However, you should be aware of some safety considerations when mounting your knife, including where you keep it and where you store it. Below are some suggestions to keep your knife safe and ready to use while underwater.

The location of the knife on your BCD. A diving knife should be mounted where it can be reached easily, preferably above the pocket. Many BCDs have designated areas for knife mounting. For example, some are attached to the BCD pocket flap, while others are secured to the BCD deflator hose. While this is an ideal location for mounting a diving knife, it's important to remember that not all sheaths come with all mounting options. Also, some sheathes feature quick-release buttons to prevent slipping out of the knife when you're in the water.

Metals Used in Diving Knives

Diver knives are made from different types of metals. Most of them are made from Grade 304 or Marine Grade 316 stainless steel, which has great corrosion resistance. This type of metal also tends to be tough and has a relatively even thickness from one end to the other. This gives the blade great stiffness and strength, although it can require more frequent sharpening. The Mako knife is a good example of a dive knife made of this type of steel.

Most diving knives feature a notch on the blade for cutting fishing line, while others also include a bottle opener, a shackle key, and a stainless steel handle for hammering. Some dive knives have an innovative mesh cutter that is used in a pulling motion, which provides a lot of cutting power without hurting skin or material. A rounded point will also reduce the likelihood of cutting flesh or dry-suit material.

Tanto Tip

One of the best options for a diver's knife is a Tanto tip. These dive knives feature different edge shapes and lengths. A plain edge is located near the tip of the blade underneath the curve, while a serrated edge is located closer to the handle. Divers may find this tip more comfortable to hold, as it can provide leverage when cutting through tougher objects. Choosing between these two options can help you select the best knife for your needs.

A tanto tip combines the features of a pointed and blunt tip. It is a great compromise between the two and offers cutting and light prying ability. The blade's cutting ability is largely dependent on the amount of pressure or leverage that you can exert on the knife's handle. While small blades can still cut well, a large handle can help you maintain control over the knife. If you're concerned that the blade will slip, look for a knife with finger grooves or a blade guard.

Size of Blade

The size of a diving knife is a consideration when mounting it on a scuba tank. While its primary purpose is to help you untangle yourself while diving, the knife should be sized for other uses as well. A small blade is sufficient as long as it has a good handle for maneuverability. However, a large blade may prove too much for your liking. In such a case, consider purchasing a smaller knife that has a larger blade.

There are several different blades for diving knives. Those with serrated edges are good for piercing and cutting kelp. Sharpened dive knives with serrated edges can also be used to cut nets and kelp. For best results, choose a diving knife with serrations that are rounded, instead of large saw teeth. Plain edges are better for severing small lines, whereas serrated knives are better for piercing natural lines.



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