A rigging knife is a specialized knife primarily used in boating and sailing for various tasks related to rigging and rope work. It is a versatile tool designed to handle the specific needs of sailors, fishermen, and other marine enthusiasts.
Here are some key features and functions of a typical rigging knife:
- Blade: Rigging knives typically have a sharp, stainless steel blade, useful for cutting through rope, lines, and other fibrous materials, and other general cutting tasks.
- Marlin Spike: One distinctive feature of a rigging knife is the presence of a marlin spike. The marlin spike is a tapered, pointed metal tool that extends from the handle of the knife. It is used for tasks such as untying knots, splicing rope, loosening tight knots, and separating strands of rope.
- Shackle Key: Many rigging knives also include a shackle key, which is a small notch or slot on the handle used to assist in opening and closing shackles, clevis pins, or other fasteners commonly found on boats.
- Lanyard Hole: Some rigging knives have a lanyard hole in the handle, allowing users to attach a lanyard or tether for added security and easy access while working.
In addition to these features, Davis Instruments' Deluxe Rigging Knife is made of 100% stainless steel and also includes a flathead screwdriver.