I know that a dive knife is necessary for scuba divers. But what about for free-divers? I am specifically addressing recreational free-divers and NOT spearfishing. If a dive knife or trauma shears is useful for free-diving, why so?
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I like to carry my primary knife on my left forearm. Its easy to see and easy to get to instantly. A knife on a weight belt doesn't do much good if you drop the weight belt.I would suggest that if you do carry a knife whilst doing any form of diving then carry it on your weight belt rather than on your calf as if anywhere is likely to get caught or tangled it will be the knife on your calf. Many divers wear two knives one of them being an emergency knife if the other is lost the emergency knife often is strapped to the left bicep or forearm. Stainless steel shears are another option and come in there different forms the black handled ones below would be no use to me as i wear 5mm gloves for diving in cooler waters. The best piece of advice i can suggest is no matter what option you go for wether it be a knife,line cutter or shears always make sure they are sharp before every dive if you do not know how to sharpen them then learn as a blunt blade in any form is of no use when you need to cut yourself free.
Just a recommendation... don't keep your knife on your belt. If you get into a problem, you may try ditching your weight first and with it your knife. If you end up still needing your knife, you've just lost it.I have an Eezycut on my weight belt for the longest time. it's never in my way.