Wednesday, May 26, 2010


After discovering the wonder of the Puma Sea Hunter after all these years, I came across the Boatman, which they also still make and which sells for the same price as the Sea Hunter. About $275 USD new. It has a two inch shorter blade, coming in at about 5.1", and a slightly blunted tip on it, which is handy anytime a knife is involved in a boat with a thrashing fish, or even on shore or in the water with a thrashing fish.

I have a nice blunted end diving knife similar to this one, from my very brief diving days near thirty years ago. I'll discuss my two dive career sometime at length, as it was not without it's moments of humor, both light and dark. But basically from the time I bought the knife, I have kept it in one of my saltwater tackle boxes for cutting frozen bait, or any other innumerable chores at a fishing camp.

Despite being a hefty dive knife, as I recall it is a Dacor, it doesn't do well with frozen large mullet, typical of the Texas Gulf Coast. Nor do I suspect it would do much better with live netted mullet. It just doesn't have the weight at the end of the blade like the Sea Hunter or the Boatman knives do, and of course I'm basing this on my experience using my Puma White Hunter for many years in various fishing, boating and outdoor adventures.

I'd be interested if any other knife maker markets a fishing or boating knife with a rubber handle for a better grip as well as some builtup mass at the end of the blade, as with the Puma Sea Hunter and Boatman knives.

Puma also sold for years a knife called The Frogman, with the shielded handguard. It has basically a heavy duty daggar style blade, which is good for cutting or prying or other purposes underwater, as all sorts of situations arise while diving where a knife is needed.

Likewise when fishing, a versatile knife is mandatory. And most fisherman have more than one knife with them. A fillet knife. A folding knife, perhaps with a folding marlin spike to break up rope knots on the boat. Some sort of cheap but sharp bait knives are also nice to have, and I have used a cheap ginsu knife from the dollar store for many a gnarly fishing need.

1 comment:

  1. Couldn't agree more with you on the Puma dive knives - my favorite is the Seahunter. I prefer rubber handle dive knives as well, they just seem to adjust to your grip and don't seem as slippery as some plastic handle knives.