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I've spent this year so far diving in a one piece harness. This mostly works for me, but getting out of it usually involves some wriggling, shuffling and swearing.

In buddy checks, I always point out that I have no releases, and they'd have to slide me out (probably very difficult), or cut the harness. At the weekend, I thought I'd try and see just how easy cutting me out would be.

I carry a dive knife on my low pressure inflator, which is hideously blunt and not at all 'Crocodile Dundeeish'. It made no impact on my harness - not even a bit of pansy fraying round the edges.

So I clearly need to invest in something that will slice through the webbing like butter. I've been eyeing up the DiveRite shears for about 12 quid. Any one used these? How do they stand up to repeated immersion in the salty stuff? Any other suggestions or recommendations of cutting devices I can carry with me that actually, err, cut stuff?

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I carry a dive knife on my low pressure inflator, which is hideously blunt and not at all 'Crocodile Dundeeish'. It made no impact on my harness - not even a bit of pansy fraying round the edges.
Yes. It's always fun to give the owner of big macho dive knife a foot of rope and ask him to cut it.

And then you produce the three quid B&Q snips.

Actually you buy Sea Snips the first time but when the steel rivit starts to go brown and horrible you put the cheap B&Q ones in the nice holster.
 
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I've been eyeing up the DiveRite shears for about 12 quid. Any one used these? How do they stand up to repeated immersion in the salty stuff?
I just use the same shears from Maplin. Much cheaper. There's probably even cheaper places, but there's a Maplin near where I work. Which probably doesn't help you...

They easily last a year before the pivot fails.

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I had the Dive Rite shears but the centre bolt snaps eventually as it rusts through. I then replaced them with some from www.boundtree.co.uk, which will probably also rust, but they're £1.75 a pair from them. And they sent me a free sample pack of examination gloves which was just great.

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And they sent me a free sample pack of examination gloves which was just great.
Sometimes I get scared.

Actually, to be more helpful, I tend to buy a tenners worth of snips at a time when I see them in pound shops. I chuck 'em about every six months. Cheap? Moi?

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Sometimes I get scared.

Actually, to be more helpful, I tend to buy a tenners worth of snips at a time when I see them in pound shops. I chuck 'em about every six months. Cheap? Moi?

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Mark
If you are, so am I as I do exactly the same thing.
 

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I tend to buy a tenners worth of snips at a time when I see them in pound shops. I chuck 'em about every six months. Cheap? Moi?
Think that's cheap? I actually wash mine and spray them with WD40 after diving. That way they don't rust, and I don't have to buy new ones. Much cheaper :D
 

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Think that's cheap? I actually wash mine and spray them with WD40 after diving. That way they don't rust, and I don't have to buy new ones. Much cheaper :D

false economy, I reckon you'll spend more in terms of WD40, washcloths and your own time than in cheap shit shears. then you have to factor in being nagged for making a mess, having to actually clean up, your kit stinking of WD40, overheads, personnel costs, missing the telly, etc, etc. How can this possibly be easier than throwing the shears out of the car window on the way to work.

God bless the throw-away culture. We live in wonderful times

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Think that's cheap? I actually wash mine and spray them with WD40 after diving. That way they don't rust, and I don't have to buy new ones. Much cheaper :D
think thats cheap? I just buy them and never clean them or replace them, I just leave them in the spares box, 4 years old and they've never got rusty yet

:)

EDIT: on the time thing, it was a bit of a false economy though as it took me several hours to clean the inside of my suit after I got tangled in some fishing line :D
 

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false economy, I reckon you'll spend more in terms of WD40, washcloths and your own time than in cheap shit shears. then you have to factor in being nagged for making a mess, having to actually clean up, your kit stinking of WD40, overheads, personnel costs, missing the telly, etc, etc.

God bless the throw-away culture. We live in wonderful times

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Piss off, I'm being environmentally friendly.
Actually, maybe not with the WD40.


Actually, since there's a hijack in progress (sorry!) here's something I was wondering about: do most people actually sharpen their dive knives, and if so how? Or do you just accept that the blade is so blunt you're probably going to die if you ever actually need it?

I periodically check my knives for sharpness, but I've never actually sharpened them (as they've always been OK... so far).
 

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Piss off, I'm being environmentally friendly.
Actually, maybe not with the WD40.


Actually, since there's a hijack in progress (sorry!) here's something I was wondering about: do most people actually sharpen their dive knives, and if so how? Or do you just accept that the blade is so blunt you're probably going to die if you ever actually need it?

I periodically check my knives for sharpness, but I've never actually sharpened them (as they've always been OK... so far).
Sigh. You're just not getting it. Chuck them away every three months and they are always razor sharp as you are constantly replacing them with new ones. there's (some) method in my madness.

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Sigh. You're just not getting it. Chuck them away every three months and they are always razor sharp as you are constantly replacing them with new ones. there's (some) method in my madness.

:D

I hear you do the same with twinsets, to save on gas fills.
And torches, to save the electricity bill from charging them.
 

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Sigh. You're just not getting it. Chuck them away every three months and they are always razor sharp as you are constantly replacing them with new ones. there's (some) method in my madness.

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your method stinks my knife cost me 49 pence from tesco. WHAT you think I made of money :) yes it will cut webbing and I trust it :)

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now that's just plain nasty :)
It was the personal ads forum that grassed you up! I'm not going to speculate on why you had to sell that last drysuit though. That would be *really* nasty ;)
 

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Not a hijack - I was also wondering what you do about that. I mean, my knife's been on my LPI for years and I've never sharpened it. I'd feel pretty stupid, actually, running my poxy dive knife up and down a whetstone [GOLEM VOICE MODE] "Come here, my pretties, here fishy wishy wishies. Come and be hypnotised by the flashing blade of my weapon and let me examine you with Jason P's gloves" [/GOLEM VOICE MODE].

Tom, when you say you've 'tested' them, what exactly does that mean? Tested for what? How?

Many thanks for the shears stuff - I'll go shopping.
 

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Tom, when you say you've 'tested' them, what exactly does that mean? Tested for what? How?
Usually by trying to cut something, and seeing if it works.



Sometimes I accidentally stab myself too, blood is another good sign of sharpness.
 

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Tom, when you say you've 'tested' them, what exactly does that mean? Tested for what? How?

Many thanks for the shears stuff - I'll go shopping.
my dive knive has serrated edges so its hard to test, but my pocket knife is blunt when it wont shave the hairs off my arm !


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Sigh.....7 years I've had my knife and it's still as sharp as me....oh...hang on maybe that's a bad analogy!!!
 
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