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WEST MARINEPerformance Rigging Knife

WEST MARINE

Performance Rigging Knife

Model # 11001617Mfg # WM-03

Reg. $29.99

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$19.99

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Product Description

A lockable marlinespike makes this knife especially useful for work with knotted lines. With its combo straight/serrated stainless steel blade, it quickly slices through natural and synthetic ropes. The glass-reinforced handle is impervious to saltwater for long life in the marine environment.
  • 7 5/16" overall length
  • 2 7/8" sheepsfoot blade

Specs

Performance Rigging Knife

Blade Length 2.8"
Blade Material Stainless Steel
Blade Style Sheepsfoot
Case Not Included
Clip No Clip
Dimensions 7.3" Open
Edge Type Partially Serrated
Features Marlin Spike
One-Handed Opening
Folded Dimensions 3" Closed
Handle Material Glass-Reinforced Zytel
Locking Blade Yes
Style Folding
Warranty 1 Year

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West MarinePerformance Rigging Knife
 
2.9

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

59%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well built / quality (12)
  • Attractive (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (3)
  • Sharp blade (3)

Cons

  • Poor design (8)
  • Difficult to use (4)

Best Uses

  • Sailing (8)
  • Small boats (4)
  • Large boats (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (11), Advanced (9)

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3.0

Stainless Steel

By Bob

from Pt Richmond

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sailing

      Comments about Performance Rigging Knife:

      I'm confused as to why 420 stainless was selected for the blade material. WM has used 440C in several other of its knives which is a much better choice. 420 has .15% carbon and 13% Chromium. 440C has 1.1% carbon and 17% chromium. 440C is generally used in high quality knives because the additional amount of chromium and carbon allows for the formation of lots of chromium carbides which are very hard and wear resistant. The lower amount of both of these alloying elements in the 420 means that it won't hold an edge as long and the lower amount of chromium means that it just barely qualifies as a stainless. I would have gladly paid a bit more for a better quality material in the blade.
      Otherwise, the knife was exactly what I was looking for.

       
      3.0

      Could use improvements to make it better

      By Knot SoBad

      from Honolulu, HI

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

      • Lack Of Pocket Clip

      Best Uses

      • Large Boats
      • Sailing
      • Small Boats

      Comments about Performance Rigging Knife:

      Marlin spike is good for splicing and undoing knots. Locks solid, but they changed the design around 2011 and trimmed too much off the lanyard loop hump to unlock the spike causing all the comments about being hard to unlock.
      They probably did this as the lanyard loop stuck out too much on the older design and now it folds closer to the blade. It's easier to unlock the marlin spike with the blade out/open as the blade isn't in the way when pushing the loop down on some of the current ones, especially if you put a lanyard/cord on the loop.
      The lack of a locking blade isn't too bad, but it would make it safer with one though. The shackle key in the blade comes in handy tightening and loosening shackles.
      I carry my rigging knife in a nylon sheath for belt carry, but wouldn't mind having a pocket clip to be able to clip to my pocket or belt for easier carry and access without needing a sheath.

       
      2.0

      wish it had a pocket clip

      By jb

      from brick nj

      About Me Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Quality Construction

      Cons

      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

        Comments about Performance Rigging Knife:

        Not bad but it would be nice if this model or a similar one had a belt clip

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excedes expectations.

        By none

        from texas

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Quality Construction
        • Very Well Madesolid

        Cons

        • Blade Doesnt Lock

        Best Uses

        • Sailing
        • Small Boats
        • Too Numerous To List

        Comments about Performance Rigging Knife:

        I am ex-navy and was introduced to the marlin spike as part of Naval History class. Taking up sailing after I got out, I found they still have a place on every boat. I own two others but the design of the spike itself left me wanting, not the case with this one. Perfect leangth,perfect curve. Knots and splicing both.Plus I like carrying a piece of history in my pocket.If the blade would lock as secure as the spike it would be the perfect knife to have on a boat.

         
        4.0

        stiff locking mechanism

        By Matt

        from Durham NC

        Comments about Performance Rigging Knife:

        I, too, had trouble unlocking the marlinespike at first. The lock mechanism is very stiff on my knife. I press the mechanism against something hard to unlock the spike. My strong-ish thumb is not up to the task.

         
        5.0

        my husband will only have this knife!

        By Sheri

        from Pe Ell, Washington

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Marlinespike Very Useful
        • Quality Construction
        • Straightserrated Blade

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Personal Watercraft
          • Useful For Any Job

          Comments about Performance Rigging Knife:

          my husband uses this knife for anything and everything. he only wants this knife as the straight/serrated blade and the marlinspike are both handy and useful for all jobs both big and small. he uses it for jobs on our boat and also in our home. this is his 2nd time purchasing this knife. please don't ever discontinue this product!

          Service and delivery comments:

          quick and ontime delivery. item arrived well packaged.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          An Excelent Knife with Locking Spike

          By Knotty

          from Sydney Australia

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

          • Lock Not Obvious

          Best Uses

          • Large Boats
          • Rigger
          • Sailing

          Comments about Performance Rigging Knife:

          The Lock is on the Spike only, not the knife.
          Squash "lanyard loop" towards knife to operate the Spike lock.
          Knife good SOG Design, with mini Shackel key.
          I Use mine every day now for two years.
          Still as new.
          Knife Thinner through sharpening.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          This knife works just fine.

          By Canoer Scott

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to operate
          • Reasonable price

          Cons

          • No Operating Instructions

          Best Uses

            Comments about Performance Rigging Knife:

            This rigging knife is a good value. It's sturdy and operates easily, even one-handed. The locking mechanism for the marlin spike seems strong enough for any normal use. I can see that without instructions the less mechanically inclined could miss the fact that pressing the lanyard clip towards the knife body with your thumb easily unlocks the marlin spike. It then moves freely enough that the marlin spike will fall enough from gravity that you can reach around with the fingers of the hand holding the knife and close it. It also opens easily one-handed by slipping your first and second fingers of the hand holding the knife between the marlin spike and the body.
            The lock release is shaped so that a lanyard or other clip can be connected in a variety of ways.
            The fact that there is no lock for the knife blade means that, like using most any pocket knife, you need to pay attention to how and for what you use it. The knife blade is not exceptionally sharp out of the box, but a little periodic dressing solves that. I really like this rigging knife.

             
            1.0

            Glad I purchased it for the spike

            By Ray

            from The Hammock, Fl.

            About Me Advanced

            Pros

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction
              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

                Comments about Performance Rigging Knife:

                The blade l0ock broke the second time I used it. I bought it for the marlin spike, so it's no big deal. The product is really a piece of junk.

                 
                4.0

                tip to unlock the marlinspike

                By Chris

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Performance Rigging Knife:

                    Regarding the people who are having a difficult time unlocking the marlinspike... you have to push down and hold on the metal piece opposite the marlinspike and then the marlinspike should easily unlock and close without much force.

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