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Scubapro Whitetip Dive Knife Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro Whitetip Dive Knife Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives

At only six inches long with a 2 ½-inch blade, the Whitetip is a compact dive knife that could serve as either a primary or a backup tool. The blade has a one-inch plain edge and a one-inch serrated edge, coupled with a blunted safety tip that is well-suited to doubling as a prying tool.

The dive knife’s sheath has a push-button release system that keeps the knife safe and secure, yet allows an easy withdrawal when needed. Scubapro ships this dive knife with the parts needed to mount it on a diver’s console hose or in a BCD pocket in addition to the traditional strap-on mounting on a lower leg or forearm. Scuba Diving magazine described this array of features as “more mounting options than any other knife” in their review of the Whitetip.

The entire dive knife is made of 304-grade stainless steel, with the handle molded over the steel base. As 304-grade steel is a soft metal, the blade does not hold an edge well and it will require sharpening after each use. It’s size means less cutting action per pull, so more cutting pulls are needed for each job. However, it is very rust resistant. For this reason, Scuba Diving magazine described it as an excellent backup, but had no comment about the Whitetip serving as a primary knife. Sport Diver was more neutral, describing the Whitetip as a “compact knife blade to be worn on a [BCD] as a primary or backup.” Divers who do not frequently encounter fishing line and electrical wire and who are not laden with gear might therefore prefer to rely on another, bigger dive knife if they are only carrying one blade.

Average Cost: $58
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