Dive knives come in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes. These three new dive knives offer sharp blades with secure grips and sheathes to maximize cutting power and safety.
Seac Rip Fish
The Ripfish makes no effort to hide its spearfishing-orientation — it’s right there in the name — but it’s more than capable of performing the duties of an all-around dive knife. The 3.5-inch hollow-ground blade makes short work of most line and is surprisingly strong for as thin as it is. The thumb-lock sheathe is secure and the grip is good barehanded or gloved, but the one-direction design makes it difficult to use the serrated edge for anything other than sticking fish. The magnetic stainless-steel needs proper care to prevent corrosion, but the removable handle makes the knife easy to clean.
Aqua Lung Big Squeeze Titanium
The squeeze-lock on Aqua Lung’s new line of dive knives is not only novel, but secure — the knife won’t so much as rattle in the sheathe until you squeeze the handle. The larger, titanium version features a 4 ½-inch spear tip blade that offers cutting power to rival some stainless-steel knives and corrosion resistance that surpasses them. The grip is solid — even if the lock tab does sometimes dig into your finger — and the sturdy blade runs the length of the knife for added strength and durability.
Spyderco Salt 2 Black Blade
This update to Spyderco’s popular Salt 1 Lightweight features a fiberglass reinforced nylon handle that’s a little longer and thicker for a more comfortable, secure grip and a titanium pocket clip that can be mounted in four different positions. The H1 steel blade cuts very well, is rustproof and available with a plain or serrated edge. The thumbhole makes it a snap to deploy this folder single-handedly and the back lock is rock-solid. The 3-inch blade is available with a tactical non-reflective coating and black handle or with an uncoated blade and yellow handle.