I have had similar problems with untensioned Q Line but never with the normal Dyneema or Spectra line that is supplied by most manufacturers with bars. The Dyneema/Spectra line usually cuts fairly easily even with a fairly old but not totally dull hook knife. What sort of line were you using and your hook knife was fairly new? I am sorry to hear about your accident and hope that you are recovering well. Congratulations on your friend's successful attempt to cut the lines and before bystanders managed to get line cuts in the process by helping.kiteingcolin wrote:dramatic heading, but this might come as a shock to most kiters, i am recovering from a bad kite crash,broken tib and fib,thats not the shock, but this is-when this happened my kiteing buddy was on hand to help and he needed to cut my lines to stop me from being lifted over the houses, he grabbed my new knife from the rear of my new harness, you know the sort of knife i mean, small stanley blade in a plastic u shaped handle with a loop of webbing , he tried to cut my lines, result,- panic when he found out the knife would not cut the line, the public were shouting at him to hurry up as they had decided to grab my lines, during shouts of leave the lines alone, he managed to saw away at the lines and eventually he got through, but only because he was able to wrap some of the line around the knob of the sea wall railings, later he said if the lines were not as tight as they were ,he would not have been able to cut them, makes you think if you get caught at sea with your lines wraped around your legs, there wont be as much tension on the lines,
Q Line can be hard to cut with a hook knife EVEN if it is tensioned somewhat AND with a brand new hook knife. I bought a small serrated diving knife to put on my harness because I use bars set up with Q Line and the easier to cut Dyneema/Spectra. I would think a sharp serrated blade might be one of the few reliable ways of cutting tough Q Line in an emergency aside from carrying an unsafe, very sharp and long conventional knife. Unfortuantely, where Q Line is concerned hook knives are not that reliable a means of cutting it. If Q Line is quite taught with tension it will part fairly readily with a hook knife but not really otherwise.kiteingcolin wrote:this was Q line,need to test the standard line,the yahoo link wil not open?
I have one of these and it won't cut if it isn't under tension...and if you have to cut trough several lines (lines around your leg..) the line gets caught between the two blades and it will cut even worse...windshreder wrote:If the knife does not have opposing razor blades it will not work.
look at http://hookknife.com/hookknives.htm for a good knife at a good price. CAPTAIN HOOK KNIFE. This type will cut Q power easily.