However, I still enjoy having nice things.
I started researching EDC knives and then gravitated to the Benchmade H2O dive knife ($120 to $140)
From there, I took a turn to river knives and spotted the Gerber River Shorty ($30) and the Gerber Crossriver Salt ($40). These are both highly recommended, but the common criticism is the sheath.
I also reviewed Spyderco knives, but was not a fan at the price point.
I 100% concede that my knife use on the water, under the water or on the shore will be mostly cutting fruit, possibly fishing line and use as a screwdriver. In over 40 dives, I have never even thought it would be nice to have a knife on me. On at least 20 canoe, kayak, raft and stand up paddle board adventures, having an accessible knife was never a priority. When I go fishing, I keep a kitchen knife in my tackle box.
I will still probably get the Gerber Crossriver Salt. At the $40 price point, losing it is not the end of the world and even if the sheath falls apart on me, it would still make for a good camp knife.
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