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May

Mares Force Bat Titanium Folding Dive Knife Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Mares Force Bat Titanium Folding Dive Knife Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives

The Mares Force Bat is that company’s folding, titanium dive knife entry. It should not be confused with the Mares Force Knife or any other knife in the Mares line, because Mares (confusingly) puts “Force” into the name of all its knives. For the sake of simplicity, the knife will be called “Bat Titanium” for the rest of this review.

The Bat Titanium is a fairly straight-forward cutter. As the name implies, it is made of beta titanium steel, making it virtually immune to corrosion and very tough. The blade is 3.5 inches long, and has both standard and serrated cutting along a single edge.

The main virtues of the knife, beyond the titanium construction, are its compactness and handiness. It’s a folding knife, so it collapses down to a small package, and weighs only 2.5 ounces. As an added plus, the knife comes with a system for hooking it onto your BCD, which consists of clasp hook attached to a snap buckle. Using the system is a cinch – just hook on the clasp to a D-ring, then unsnap the buckle when you need the knife. The drawback there is it makes your knife a minor “danglie,” but the system provides an alternative to tucking the knife away in a BCD pocket.

Average Price: $85