Finding the right rigging or boating knife is all about understanding what your needs are. Each situation is going to be different, but it’s important to have a general recognition of what works and what doesn’t.
Here are some of the key details to think about when selecting a good rigging or boating knife.
Blunt vs Pointed
It’s best to think about whether or not you want to go with a blunt boating knife. If you are going to be openly carrying the knife, it’s recommended to go with a more blunt-styled solution. This is going to make it safer to keep on your person without having to worry about nicking yourself and/or getting hurt.
On the other hand, if you are going to be using the knife for tougher materials, it makes sense to go with a more pointed boating knife.
This is all about usage and what you are going to need from the knife at the end of the day.
Folding vs Fixed
It starts with the storage mechanism with something like this. In essence, you are going to find the market offers two variations – folding and fixed. With the folding knife, you are going to get a hinge that allows the knife to fold into a more storable size. While a fixed knife is going to have a more conventional hingeless design.
There is also a middle point between these two knives, where you can get a single-handed mechanism with the press or flick of a button sometimes referred to as a spring assisted knife. As soon as you press the button, the knife folds in half or slides into the handle.
Serrated Edge vs Smooth
Another thing you are going to have to think about would be the type of edge that the boating knife has to offer.
With a serrated edge, you are going to gain access to more cutting power but it’s also going to be more difficult to maintain. The sharpening process is more extensive with something that has a serrated edge.
If this doesn’t matter to you and it’s just about cutting through regular materials then it’s okay to go with a smoother edge.
In some cases, you are also able to find a middle ground between the two options by going with something that has a partially serrated edge. This is easier to maintain and is still going to provide enough cutting power to get through some of the harder materials that you will encounter during the day. This is a good option when you want to get the best of both worlds.
It’s essential to find a knife that is going to be easy to deploy and will not become impossible to use in different types of situations. The last thing a person needs is to get stuck with a useless addition to their toolkit because it’s impossible to use with one hand.
This can happen with certain foldable knives that are not easy to use.
These details are essential when looking for the best rigging or boating knife on the market for your needs.