[quote="schmoe"]Thanks for all that info. The dakine knife was on my todo list, not anymore.
A few questions:
The double hook knives that you link too are 16CM long. Where do you put it?
Are those knives safe enough not to cut your fingers?
Here is what a poster said in 2005, ...and, I am in agreement with these suggestions (except for the Dakine single bladed knife):
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOver the years, I have tried carrying a kite hook knife in about 6 different places. Here are my first and second choices:
FIRST: Back of helmet...carve out a slot in the foam at the very back of the helmet, and contact cement a little piece of velcrox onto one side of the slot. Sew a little piece of the opposite (Hook Vs. Loops) onto the little hook knife (Dakine works best, for the knife and Ace Protec for the helmet)so only the curved handle piece is visible and the velcrox is stuck together, holding it lightly in place.
You can get at the handle with either hand....quickly since your hand is already on your forehead giving yourself a dope-slap!!!
SECOND: Contact cement or sew a little upsiddown pouch on your wetsuit or life jacket, using the velcrox idea also. It is where parachutists and EMTs carry their hook knifes and sissors. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ
Here are a list of links pertaining to kite knives and their value, use and various locations in which to carry them. You will have to make up your mind, after considering this volume of information and opinion. Good luck!
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http://kiteforum.com/phpbb/viewtopic.ph ... ight=knife
To answer your second question about cutting a finger on a hook knife, here is a picture of the knives, I have been working with. Guess which one would cut your finger.....good guess if you said the big red one!! But that is not the only reason to reject that particular knife. Despite the "that oughta do er" look of the knife, I have found that it doesn't cut very well. I will discuss more about the serrated edge style knives, if I continue with my study and decide to present the data and results. At this point I don't want to slam any particular product, because there are many points to consider, in selecting the proper knife for a particular kiters needs. A possible "pro" to help balance the "cons" of this style knife, is that: it may cut the thicker power line spectra better than any of the others...but I have rejected this knife for my use.