Folding Boating and Rescue Sheepsfoot with Titanium Marlinspike
A traditional shape for safety and a consummate rigging knife, the Boye Sheepsfoot Folder is perfect for everyday jobs or in white knuckle situations when you're being slammed around on boat. Indispensable for sea rescue or for first responders when a line or a seat belt needs to be severed quickly. The Sheepsfoot Folder has a blunt tip for minimal risk of accidentally piercing someone with a sharp tip in urgent situations. This knife is easy to carry and deploy and can be opened and closed with either hand. It will cut virtually any line - quickly, cleanly, and safely. It can be used for hours on end and still cut effectively and repeatedly, will never rust in salt water (blade or fittings), and is non magnetic, so it won't affect a compass or electronics.
The Boye Sheepsfoot Folder was rated #1 Boat Knife by Practical Sailor, top scoring in criteria such as cutting, portability, deployment, magnetic interference, corrosion resistance, and affordability. Not included in this test was the all-important category of long term edge holding. In our opinion, that's one of the essential features of a good boat knife, and that's where Boye Dendritic Cobalt knives really excel.
The Boye Sheepsfoot folder has a 3" blade, is 7" in length overall, and weighs just 2.5 oz.
The As-Cast Finish
The "field grade" as-cast blade bears the markings of its fiery birth. The blade takes on metal flow lines and the natural grain markings of the porcelain mold, giving it an "organic" look. The irregularities and patterns are superficial and make each knife unique. The blade is tumble polished and has a smooth-to-the-touch lustre.
Titanium Marlinspike/Shackle Key/Multitool
The Marlinspike/Shackle Key/Multitool (the "spike") greatly expands the usefulness of the knife. The flat sides and edge do the work of prying large and small knots open. A round spike can slide sideways, and doesn’t have the same ability to grip and unlock a really tight knot. It also separates strands for splicing, pries up boards, opens and closes shackles, and works hard at the many tasks that the blade should not be called on to do.
The spike lies flat on the handle, doesn't hang up in the pocket, feels smooth against the hand in use, and improves the grip. It swivels open under finger pressure to a strong anchor stop pin, facing in the correct direction to unscrew shackle keys that are stuck closed. The handle of the knife doubles as the handle of the spike, providing plenty of leverage when the spike is open to maneuver, press into hard knots, or loosen tight shackles. It rotates to a closed position stop pin and stays firmly in place until the next use.
The spike will pry up to 200 lb (be careful) and can serve as a digging tool when you really need one. The shackle key is a wrench for anything that will fit in it