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PostSubject: Safety knives   Wed May 16, 2012 7:06 pm

I`m sure most of us at some time in our kiting careers have been in or witnessed a kitemare eg uncontrolled looping due to stuck safety, getting wrapped up in lines and kite powering up , snapped lines, dragged out or under water, the list goes on...but how many of us actually carry a safety knife every time we ride?

As a rescue professional and instructor my advice is invest in a knife, if not only to cut yourself free should the situation dictate, but also to cut others free in difficulty or facing injury!

There are several types about:

Linecutter - £10

Normally attached to a harness in a pouch in spreader bar pad by velcro or attached by a line and tucked away somewhere. Will cut 2-3mm lines, webbing, but not depower line.
Easy to use, effective on 2-3mm lines, can fall out of pouch.






Blunt tip sheath knife - £16 (includes shipping)


This comes in Hi Viz Yellow and has a blunt tip to avoid accidents. Its serated edge is ideal for cutting thicker depower ropes but not so deep that it snags on what its trying to cut (A problem with many other designs of serated edge) and its line cutter takes care of 2-3mm lines. Traditional flat blade on other side.

The holder comes with both a belt clip, laynard, and an attachable clip to secure to a harness if required, tuck in your boot, bouyancy aid, or by velcro arm/ankleband. The lock holds the knife in position securely but also allows for easy removal.





Blade Length : 7CM
Overall Length in sheath : 17CM



I have both types but prefer the sheath attached by ankle strap as it is more versatile in any event in my opinion.

Both are available from myself or Marc, have a look on the beach, if anyone wants one post up and I will order in numbers and prob save bit on postage...( I am making no profit on these as its safety kit )

Ride safe and enjoy!!






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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Wed May 16, 2012 7:45 pm

Top job fella!!
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Thu May 17, 2012 2:25 am

Yup, I always carry a knife. Lost three of the pouched Mystic ones though. The design of these isn't great in that regard. I may try the other one you've shown above. Richie/Marc, do you have those in stock? If so, pop one into your bag and I'll collect from you next time I'm at the beach. If not, put me on the 'want' list. Cheers...
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Thu May 17, 2012 4:37 am

I'm thinking of using 'garden string' to attach mine - strong enough to keep the knife attached to the pouch if it works loose but also not so strong that it can be ripped off in emergency
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Sun May 20, 2012 12:29 pm

I wouldn't buy a harness without a built in line knife! Smile Just my penny's worth.

My mate Drakey saved himself a whole world of hurt with a harness fitted knife, it went through his leash, that was under tension on a deathlooping kite! Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Mon May 28, 2012 6:07 am

Any news on these guys?
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:36 am


Got selection in the van for you Sporty..
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:33 pm

Cheers Richie, see you at the beach soon
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:40 am

Following on from Richie's offer on these knifes Ive just got a new one from Marine Scene behind the Esso garage as you come into Porthcawl

Folding bright yellow and £14.99 I'll put up a photo later, they also have a very nice Gill one at £21.99 and also a Stainless one at £17 but I reckon the yellow one is the simplest and works the easiest.

I can get them from there if anyone wants one or pop in yourself and just mention Blast Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:52 pm

This is the one for £14.99
Hole for attaching a leash/line and a HUGE bonus I just checked and it floats!!

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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:48 pm

Do you not need two hands to operate that tho?
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:05 pm

Not really and it's what the BKSA recommends
They don't like the idea that a knife may come out of its sheaf and end up in your leg etc

Maybe one hand and your teeth at worst, but at least it does not jam up.
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:12 pm

Marc showed me one of these today, and def going to get me one... One of the better ones iv seen upto now.
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:32 am

How long is it when closed down?
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:47 am

4 1/2" Embarassed
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PostSubject: Bump: To reiterate the point...   Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:07 am

I read this and thought that it would be an important yet unfortunate story to raise, and seems from reading it to raise, even more so, the importance of a buoyancy aid and safety knife. I wonder how this story would have unfolded if they had both?

Franch man died while taking kite lessons
http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2372312


Also I found this statistic a little alarming:

"Unfortunately, 98% of all experienced kiteboarders in USA never wear life jacket, impact west or helmet.

Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 kiteboarding casualties are experienced kiters."

Source: http://oslokiteskole.no/download/accidents.asp


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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:17 pm

any new recommendations for a knife guys. im currently looking for one
been thinking of this eezy cut one. what do you guys think?
http://www.safetyknifeservices.co.uk/product/eezycut-trilobite/
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:18 am

the eezycut looks like a great knife, has any one got one?
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:42 am


Hi valgard
Im also looking for a safety knife, they are selling eezycut knife on Ebay for £15.45.
I think I might get one, unless somebody has a better idea. scratch 
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:46 am

I'd still personally go with one one of these, will cut depower rope too!

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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:11 pm

Thanks Marc, does that depend on your setup? ie if your bar has a chunky plastic coated depower rope or a more traditional weaved rope.
The eezycut is rated up to 8mm rope and will handle 12mm if it needs to
I know that a traditional blade is going to more uses but if you are wrapped in your lines and getting pulled about I think a line cutter would be easier to use. But then (thankfuly) I have no experience of that
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PostSubject: Re: Safety knives   Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:20 pm

A serrated blade is better over a flat blade

With a flat blade you will have to work more, esp. on a line that has tension

i.e. you will have to use a sawing action with both blades, but a serrated will cut better per sawing action

A serrated blade will cut through a depower rope that has the plastic covering, but will need effort and will not jam as much as a flat blade.

Less time pissing around with a serrated blade
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