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Knives or Scissors?

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Back in diving's early days, any diver worth the salt in his snorkel carried a huge dive knife on his hip or leg. Later, we learned those macho appendages were the first things to get tangled in kelp or lines, so we began downsizing to lower-profile tools.

Today, some divers carry smaller knives, while others prefer scissors, especially blunt-ended EMT shears made of stainless steel. Each has its advantages.

EMT shears can cut large-diameter monofilament, spider wire and steel leaders that can be a challenge for a knife. Good EMT shears can cut a penny in half. But hinge pins on EMT shears eventually rust and break, even on the most expensive models, so many divers buy several inexpensive pairs at once. One can buy EMT shears at most drugstores, and I found a three-pack on eBay for $5.45. Leisure Pro carries XS Scuba Titanium EMT Shears for $19.95: ( )...

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