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Danangscuba_Mask

A mask is one of the most important, and personal, pieces of scuba diving equipment you own because it lets you explore with your eyes. More...

Danangscuba_Snorkel

A snorkel is a very personal piece of equipment. It lives with your mask, spends time in your mouth, and lets you breathe while you look below, until you’re ready to submerge on scuba. More...

Danangscuba_Fins

There are fins for swimming, snorkeling, free diving and body surfing. More...

Danangscuba_BCD

Imagine scuba diving while hovering, weightless underwater – eye to eye with a fish. How is it possible? It starts with your buoyancy control device (BCD). More...

Danangscuba_Weight_System

Most people float, which is great if you like to stay at the surface. However, scuba divers want to descend and need a weight system to help them offset this tendency to float. More...

Danangscuba_REGULATOR

If you think about it, breathing underwater is pretty remarkable, and it all happens because of the regulator. The scuba regulator is a great invention that delivers the air from your scuba tank to you just the way you need it to breathe. More...

Danangscuba_SPG

Your SPG displays how much air remains in your tank so that you can end your dive well before you get too low. More...

Danangscuba_divecomputer

You can track your dives using dive tables, a depth gauge and dive watch, but most scuba divers use a dive computer – it’s easier. More...

Danangscuba_Dive_Watch

In the 1970s and 1980s, divers wore dive watches because it was the standard way to track bottom time while scuba diving. More...

Danangscuab_Dive_Knife

A dive knife is a general tool that scuba divers occasionally use to cut entangling fishing line or rap on their tanks to get a buddy’s attention. More...

Danangscuba_Lights

It’s obvious that a dive light is necessary to scuba dive at night to help you navigate, see your gauges, and observe interesting aquatic life. More...

Danangscuba_Bag

Whether you’re driving to your local dive site or getting on a plane headed for the tropics, a sturdy gear bag will help you organize, protect and carry your scuba diving equipment. More...

Danangscuba_Suits (1)

It’s called exposure protection because while scuba diving you’re not only exposed to water’s cooling ability but also to things that can scrape, cut or sting. More...

Scubadanang_Photography

With the rise of digital photography capabilities, there are now numerous options for capturing images underwater. More...

Danangscuba_accessories

An accessory is defined as an item that can be added to something else to in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive. More...

Danangscuba_Float

A dive flag indicates that scuba divers are nearby. In some areas, flying a dive flag while scuba diving is required by law, but in general it’s a good idea for safety reasons. More...

Danangscuba_Signaling

In the unlikely event that you’re at the surface and need to get the attention of someone on shore or on a boat, you’ll be glad you have a surface signaling device. More...

Danangscuba_Tanks

High-pressure cylinders are relatively small, yet very strong containers that hold large volumes of compressed gas. More...

Danang_Sidemount_Gear

Scuba diving with a sidemount configuration simply means that you carry your tanks at your sides instead of on your back. More...

Danangscuab_Dive_Knife

Dive Knife

A dive knife is a general tool that scuba divers occasionally use to cut entangling fishing line or rap on their tanks to get a buddy’s attention. Some items that fall under this category aren’t really knives at all, but are tools designed for specific uses underwater. Dive knives and tools are not weapons and should never be used to harm aquatic creatures or deface the underwater environment. Visit or ask Da Nang Scuba's experts to get advice about dive knives and tools.

Standard Dive Knife Features

  • Sheath with retainer to mount it on your equipment, such as on your BCD or back of your gauge console; or on you – strapped inside your leg or on your wrist. The sheath must hold your knife securely, yet allow you to release it with one hand.
  • Sharp edge for cutting.

Dive Tool Styles

  • Dive knife – a stainless steel or titanium knife, usually with a sharp cutting edge and a serrated (sawing) edge. They range in size from very compact to large.
  • Dive tool – a dive knife with the sharp tip replaced with a prying tool.
  • Dive shears – scissors, good for cutting monofilament line.
  • Z-knives – specialized hooks with a blade for cutting fishing line or net.

Optional and Desirable Features

  • Titanium – very corrosion resistant and light
  • Metal handle butt – On larger knifes, a metal handle butt doubles as a hammer or nice solid surface for rapping on your scuba tank.

How to Choose Your Dive Knife

  1. Start by deciding where you will wear your dive knife or tool because this may dictate what size you’re looking for. If you travel a lot, a small knife or shears are your best bet.
  2. Once you know placement and size range, handle a variety of knives at Da Nang Scuba.
    • Evaluate the grip in your hand. If you normally wear gloves while scuba diving, test the grip with gloves on.
    • Release the knife from the sheath and replace it several times to get a feel for how easy it is. Do this with gloves on, if appropriate and mounted where you plan to wear it, if possible.
  3. Choose the best knife or tool based on the features that appeal to you.
  4. Consider getting two tools – a dive knife and shears (or a Z-knife) if you dive in areas where you may encounter abandoned fishing line.
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