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Cressi Orca Dive Knife Review

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

Cressi’s Orca is a dive knife in the same vein as Aqua Lung’s Master Knife. Both are classics, both have been around for ages, and both are big heavy tools from the truly old school of diving. Cressi even claims the knife is a collector’s item, although that claim seems a bit odd given that it is still in production and widely available.

Knives like the Orca are heavy tools, and as such they are for work. If you are a sport diver who straps on a knife as an emergency precaution, you don’t need the Orca. You might want a knife like the Orca because it’s big and looks cool, and that’s fine, but you don’t need it. Something smaller and handier will suit your needs better.

The stats say it all. The blade is 7 inches (178 mm) long, when the typical modern dive knife is 4 or 4 1/2 inches long. The knife alone weighs just shy of a full pound (0.45 kg). In keeping with the idea that the Orca is a heavy duty tool, the stubby pommel is meant to be used as a hammer. It has a sharp point, a standard edge on one side, a serrated edge on the other, and even comes with a decent hilt.

The Orca is a great knife, and divers who are avid backcountry campers as well should adore it. If you dive for oysters, do commercial dive work or are planning a summer trip in underwater archaeology, you might find good use for the Orca. For most sport divers, however, the Cressi Orca is simply too much knife.