Have you ever tried to break a length of 20lb mono with your bare hands Take it from me, it’s nigh-on impossible.
Then take 30 and 50lb lines, which are tougher still, and add to that the braided lines that are ever-more popular with anglers.
They’re thinner still, and act like cheese-wire, so you could end up with serious injuries before you even run out of air.
A bleak picture I know, though totally avoidable by following safe diving practices, being aware of the risks and planning for them.


Tool For The Job
Should the unthinkable ever happen, however, it would be prudent to have prepared for the event by equipping yourself with a cutting tool of some description, such as one of the many dive knives available.
The problem is that knives are becoming difficult to travel with, as the police crack down on their use in street crime. Even if you have one, it’s unlikely to be suitable for slicing through modern fishing lines.
Most knives have a sharp but smooth cutting edge, and you need to saw through tough monofilament or braided lines to be sure of a quick and successful outcome, which can be challenging and time-consuming with anything but a serrated edge.
Stabbing yourself in the process isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds, either; it’s easily done, as is puncturing your drysuit or BC bladder with the pointy end.
During my days as a professional firefighter we were issued with line-cutters that we used to slice through seatbelts to help free trapped road-crash victims. They were perfect for the job, and with the blade virtually covered they were safe to use as well.
Divers have been using the same type of line-cutter for a long time, the only problem with most models being that they’re too small.
Call me picky, but I’ve found that short-handled cutters are great with bare hands. But
I rarely dive UK wrecks without a pair of at least 5mm neoprene gloves with Kevlar palms, and getting to grips with a tiny line-cutter then becomes more trouble than it’s worth.

The Design
Enter the Maniago TS1 Long Grip Line Cutter. Its long handle and slim design makes it easy to get hold of even with thick gloves, and the W1.4028 marine-grade stainless-steel blade is not only razor-sharp but serrated in the same way that modern kitchen knives are.
Along with its hooked shape, this makes cutting through even the heaviest-duty mono or braid quick and easy.
The overall length of the TS1 is a little under 19cm, with the blade just short of 6cm. The whole cutter is slim too, which makes it easy to slide it into tight spots, gaining access to line that’s bound tightly.
The cutter is supplied in a webbing sheath with a D-ring attachment and a Velcro closure. Two loops are formed by the webbing at the rear for belt attachment, or it can be cable-tied to the straps on a BC.
I’d recommend placing it where it can be easily accessed, perhaps on the left shoulder harness of your BC (if you’re right-handed).

Conclusion
I wouldn’t even consider a UK wreck dive without a line-cutter, and would even think about taking along a spare for my buddy so that he could help me out if one of my worst nightmares became a reality. This model is a good option.

SPECS
PRICE £10
WEIGHT 80G
KNIFE LENGTH 18.8cm
BLADE LENGTH 5.8cm
COLOURS Black or red
CONTACT www.cpspartnership.co.uk/maniago
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