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Thread: Flat Vs Sharp tip

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    I'm thinking of getting a flat tip for my first knife. Any reason for
    getting a sharp tip? I dont plan on stabbing anything...but you never
    know I guess.[img]smileys/smiley2.gif[/img]

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    I was pondering this exact same question, actually.

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    They're safer. It all depends on what you're going to use your knife for.

    I prefer a traditional knife, but that's pure preference.

    A blunt tip knife is better for prying, and less likely to accidentally cut yourself or your gear. It's just as effective at sawing though whatever. It's far more effective as a makeshift screwdriver. ;-) But it's less effective at, err, poking things with a sharp tip.

    So get whichever you like. :-)


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    I opted for a blunt tip, thinking that prying was more likely than stabbing. I also like the additional safety of not stabbing myself when trying to work with a knife with limited peripheral vision, etc. in all my gear.


    Plus, the blunt tip "diving tool" looks a lot less scary to people who are afraid of sharp pointy objects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CompuDude
    ....A blunt tip knife is better for prying, and less likely to accidentally cut yourself or your gear. It's just as effective at sawing though whatever. It's far more effective as a makeshift screwdriver. ....
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    <DIV>I used to have an Ocean Master titanium drop point knife. I once used it as a makeshift screwdriver and it becomes a blunt tip knife now. [img]smileys/smiley19.gif[/img]</DIV>

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    Another vote for blunt tip. Handling anything underwater is fiddly esp. with gloves on. Didn't want to risk poking myself (bleed[img]smileys/smiley18.gif[/img] --&gt; shark comes [img]smileys/smiley3.gif[/img]). There shouldn't be any circumstance that you need a sharp pointy knife. If anything is threatening you, you should "run" instead of fencing with them.

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    I have always had/used blunt tip. The main reason less likely to harm myself.
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    <DIV>That being said, I just ordered two point tip knives from scubatoys.com. Iwill let you know if a few weeks if I have hurt myself or not.</DIV>
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    <DIV>I went with the point tip due to price and useage change. I have had more need to poke and puncture lately than pry. Not sure I have every needed to pry anything under water.</DIV>

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    Another vote for blunt tip. I always had a fear of stabbing the bladder in my BC, probably very unlikely but knowing my luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by splitlip


    Actually apointy tip can be handy for things such as undoing knots.


    A tanto is a good compromise IMO. For fighting giant squid and such, a tanto is not as effective as a drop point, but it is close. OTOH, using a blunt tip on a giant squid is like trying to use a fly swatter to bring down a B-52.
    <DIV>my $0.02</DIV>
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    <DIV>That made me think of Jim McMahon, the ex QB for the Bears. He was trying to untie a knot on a rope with a fork. It slippedand the fork stuck in his eye...ouch. </DIV>
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    <DIV>Anyway, thanks for all the suggestions guys. I think I will go with the blunt tip. Less chance of blood in the water is a good enough reason for me.</DIV>

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    Sharp tip, because I wanna! What kind of man uses a blunt tip!?
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