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Riggin' 'n' Rope Knives 363

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Riggin' 'n' Rope Knives
« on: March 29, 2017, 06:43:34 AM »
Thought I would put a few of these up for your viewing pleasure.The rigging knife differs from a rope knife in that it has;in addition to a sheep foot master blade a folding marlin spike. The sheep foot blade has a straight edge that is laid against a piece of rope on a flat surface and struck on the spine of the blade usually with either a piece of wood or iron to sever the rope. The marlin spike or fid is used to separate the individual strands of rope to allow it to be spliced.Most will also have a blade to open metal food cans.There will also sometimes be a shackle key built into the handle or occasionally as a separate blade.Yachtsman's knives will always have a shackle key as it is used on sailing vessels.
Although the term marlin spike and fid sometimes are used interchangeably there is a difference. A marlin spike is usually made of steel and can be used on either rope or steel line whereas a fid is usually much larger;made of wood and used primarily on large line(rope) .At least that is what I was taught.
They were mostly issued to sailors although one of the knives I am posting(the I*XL knife)I believe was a British Army issue knife.
The first page includes mostly military issue knives from Italy;England and Australia.
« Last Edit: March 29, 2017, 06:44:58 AM by Ray S »
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Re: Riggin' 'n' Rope Knives
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2017, 07:46:04 AM »
Very cool, thank you for sharing Ray.   :cheers:
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Re: Riggin' 'n' Rope Knives
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2017, 11:04:00 AM »
Lovely collection Ray - thanks for showing us. The knives with the 'off set' bail, does the bail act as a lock when the blade is closed? It seems an unusual place to site it.  :salute:

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Re: Riggin' 'n' Rope Knives
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2017, 11:19:38 AM »
Lovely collection Ray - thanks for showing us. The knives with the 'off set' bail, does the bail act as a lock when the blade is closed? It seems an unusual place to site it.  :salute:

It's the lock release for the spike.
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Re: Riggin' 'n' Rope Knives
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2017, 11:47:34 AM »
Lovely collection Ray - thanks for showing us. The knives with the 'off set' bail, does the bail act as a lock when the blade is closed? It seems an unusual place to site it.  :salute:

It's the lock release for the spike.
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Re: Riggin' 'n' Rope Knives
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2017, 12:04:13 PM »
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Re: Riggin' 'n' Rope Knives
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2017, 06:26:56 PM »
Some nice knives there, I'm a bit of a fan of them myself, I have a couple of Fox 233 sailing knives and a Fox German Navy knife  :salute:
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Re: Riggin' 'n' Rope Knives
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2017, 09:20:04 PM »
Great collection!!!   :cheers:

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Re: Riggin' 'n' Rope Knives
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2017, 10:23:41 AM »
Interesting collection

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