When it comes to navigating the waters of purchasing a sailing knife there is a lot to consider. We at Life Nomading have done the work for you by looking into the best sailing knives on the market. We limited our search to include the sailing knives that are easily available for purchase online because specialty sailing shops are few and far between unless you live on the water. So buckle down your swashbuckler and hit the seas as we cut through the chop to find the best knives.

To start off let’s clarify what is so special about a sailing knife. The biggest difference between sailing knives and other pocket knives is that most of them are specially treated to be more water resistant and they include other features such as a marlin spike.

Best Sailing Knives

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A marlin spike Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. is used to splice and braid rope as well as tie/untie knots. The art of splicing and braiding has been somewhat lost since the pre-braided rope is now sold, but the ability to use it to tie and untie knots is still very helpful.

All the knives we reviewed include a marlin spike because any sailor will tell you that this comes in handy every day when they are tying/untying knots at the dock or on the boat. If you happen to be interested in learning how to tie knots with a marlin spike someone actually wrote a book called The Marlin Spike Sailor Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. which is full of useful and decorative sailing knots (have at it boy scout!).

It is important that your knife includes a locking position to prevent it from moving while you make a cut because movement or slipping could lead to a serious injury.

Best Sailing Knives Comparison

 Highlights/LowlightsSerrated BladeBlade LengthPriceBuy Now
Camillus Ti Marlin Spike Pocket Knife
-Good value knife for the price
-Includes a lifetime warranty backed by Camillus
-Attractive bamboo handle
-Made of carbontride stainless titanium
-Locking positions for marlin spike and blade
No3"$$ Buy Now! Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.
Camillus Carbonitride Titanium Folding Knife-Includes a lifetime warranty
-Strong blade made of carbontride stainless titanium
-G10 Handle
-Locking positions for both the marlin spike and the blade
No2.75"$$ Buy Now! Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.
Maxam Extra Large Sailors Knife-Dirt cheap...wait actually cheaper than dirt
-Qualifies as a multi-tool (Need a bottle opener?)
-Essentially disposable
-Did I say Cheap?
Yes2 - 1/8"$ Buy Now! Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.
Myerchin Knife Traditional Offshore Captain-Made from high quality german steel
-Includes the limited lifetime warranty
-Locking positions for both the marlin spike and the blade
-Attractive Wooden Handle
No2.8"$$$$ Buy Now! Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.
Myerchin Generation 2 Rigging Folding Knife-Made from high quality german steel
-Includes the limited lifetime warranty
-Locking positions for both the marlin spike and the blade
-Double locking system in the generation 2 is a new springless technology
Yes3.25"$$$$$ Buy Now! Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

Now that you have seen the breakdown of all the product specs, we are going to look into the detail of each of the products. Before you know it you will be rigging, splicing, dicing, and tearing it up on the open seas with your new sailing knife. It will be a useful tool, and could potentially be used to fend off pirates. You might even be using your marlin spike to tie impressive knots for the finest ladies (or finest men!) of the fishery.

Camillus Ti Marlin Spike Pocket Knife

Camillus Ti Marlin Spike Pocket Knife, Bamboo Handle - Best Sailing Knives

The Camille’s Ti Marlon Spike sailing knife rightfully made our list of best sailing knives because it’s stylish and performs well. The knife comes from a reputable brand with a good warranty. It is one of the cheaper models coming from Camillus which also makes it a good value for the quality! The other thing to note about this knife (and the other Camillus knife below) is that it is not actually made of titanium, but the treated cutlery grade steel can resist corrosion underwater for a long period of time (some say up to a week without damage). This knife also features a locked position for both the knife and the marlin spike. This a good looking high-quality knife for the price!

Camillus Ti Marlin Spike Pocket Knife, Bamboo Handle Price: $32.04 Camillus Ti Marlin Spike Pocket Knife, Bamboo Handle Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 04/30/2019

Camillus Carbonitride Titanium Knife

Camillus Sailing Knife - Best Sailing Knives

This is another great knife from Camillus that costs more money than the bamboo model, but what it lacks in style it makes up for in the durability department. The bamboo handle is great but it is not as durable as the G10 handle on this model. G10 is a fiberglass-like material that is used on grips for handguns. Knife owners will attest that G10 is one of the strongest most durable handles out there. This knife also features a locked position for both the knife and the marlin spike. As with the Camillus knife above it includes the lifetime limited warranty and is made from the carbonitride titanium steel (not actual titanium!). This knife is one of the most durable knives on the market.

 

Camillus Carbonitride Titanium Cuda Black Folding Knife with Quick Release, 9- Inch Price: $25.63 Camillus Carbonitride Titanium Cuda Black Folding Knife with Quick Release, 9- Inch Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 04/30/2019

Maxam Extra Large 5″ Sailors Knife

Maxam 5” Sailing Knife - best Sailing Knives

The Maxam extra large sailors knife is the cheapest knife on the market. It is well below the cost of all the other sailing knives we looked at. Additionally, it comes with other bells and whistles such as a ruler, bottle opener, and a shackle opener. The big downside to this knife is that it’s essentially disposable with most users reporting it not lasting very long due to the poor quality stainless steel. While this knife is a good value it could potentially be dangerous as the blade and spike have stopping positions but no locking positions. It may be thrifty to buy a cheap sailing knife, but we recommend buying this as a disposable limited use item at best. Heavy users and serious sailors should bypass this knife and buy something of higher quality

 

Maxam Sailors Multi-Tool Bag (5") Price: $10.99 Maxam Sailors Multi-Tool Bag (5 Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 04/30/2019

Myerchin Knife Traditional Offshore Captain

Myerchin Generation 2 rigging knife - Best Sailing Knives

The Myerchin Offshore Captain made our list because of the functionality and attractiveness. This is a beautiful knife!  The company has been making knives for a while and although their website isn’t so 21st century their product is good. The knife is made of a high-quality German cutlery grade steel and features the multiple locking positions. The steel in this knife, like the Camillus, has anti-oxidation corrosion treatment to prevent rusting.

 

 

Myerchin MYBW300-BRK Generation 2 Captain Price: Myerchin MYBW300-BRK Generation 2 Captain Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 04/30/2019

Myerchin Generation 2 Rigging Knife

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The Myerchin generation 2 rigging knife is very similar to the offshore captain featured above. The main difference between these two knives is the physical appearance and the blade type. This rigging knife has a serrated blade which makes it much easier to use for cutting rope. Another notable feature is the belt clip so you can keep in handy and accessible outside of your pocket. Overall this is a high-quality knife which we recommend for any sailor out there.

 

 

Myerchin Rigging Knives AF377P Price: $69.28 Myerchin Rigging Knives AF377P Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 04/30/2019

“That’s Not a Knife This is a Knife”

Okay… So you aren’t the Crocodile Dundee yet, but you are well on your way. We gave you a list of the best sailing knives and at the end of the day picking a sailing knife comes down to what features are important to you. We hope the knowledge we gave you helps you make an educated decision on which sailing knife you need.

Do you have any questions or comments? please comment below or dm us @lifenomading

Author Marek Michalski

Always on the move, motorcycle wielding adventure traveler.

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