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Coricama Marine Knife
« on: April 21, 2017, 03:00:09 PM »
Crashdive stopped by today for a visit.  He brought me this vintage Coricama Italian sailors knife.   This probably dates to pre WWII.  Sheepfoot main blade. a line cutter blade and of course, a sturdy marlin spike.
What a great gift!.

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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2017, 03:05:01 PM »
That's pretty cool!  What was the main function of the marlin spike used for as a sailor?
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2017, 04:03:14 PM »
I believe that is an aid in tying and untying knots.
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2017, 07:09:33 PM »
Naaah.....it's for stabbin' marlins! :duel:
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 07:17:26 PM »
I knew that was coming!  :-[
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2017, 04:30:33 AM »
Naaah.....it's for stabbin' marlins! :duel:

Sounds a little fishy to me.

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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2017, 10:36:56 AM »
Stabbing Marlins is tough work.  It's knot fun either.
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2017, 01:26:24 PM »
That's a can opener.
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2017, 02:17:15 PM »
That's a can opener.

......for openin' a can of whoop-ass on a marlin? :shrug:
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2017, 04:27:43 PM »
a forum full of Philistines.   :)

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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2017, 04:39:09 PM »
I apologize.  I guess I should have been more specific.  There's a main blade, a marlin spike, and the third implement is a can opener.
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2017, 06:34:27 PM »
I do not think it is a can opener.  It is a line/strap cutter.

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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2017, 07:10:18 PM »
I think you're right. :coffee:
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2017, 08:29:55 PM »
Google "Italian Navy WW2 Coricama Riggers Clasp Knife"
The description says it's a can opener.
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2017, 08:44:44 PM »
I've seen it described as being a multipurpose tool: sail cutter, seam ripper, line cutter, and can opener.  Don't see why it couldn't function as all of them.  I've also seen it described as a shackle key, but I don't believe that was a function.  Y'all may be interested in this thread:  http://bladesandbushlore.com/index.php?topic=4201.0
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2017, 09:05:11 PM »
It looks exactly like a giant version of the little seam-ripper/cutter that my grandmother stored in one of the little drawers in the cabinet of her treadle-operated Singer sewing machine. :popcorn:
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2017, 04:18:12 AM »
Google "Italian Navy WW2 Coricama Riggers Clasp Knife"
The description says it's a can opener.

Well ---- I wouldn't want to argue with Google (if it's on the internet it must be true) but after having it my possession for quite some time and using it from time to time, I am reasonably confident that it is not a can opener. 

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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2017, 06:41:28 AM »
trust me,  with the knife in hand, it is not a can opener.  It is a small line cutter, or a sail ripper.  I don't really care what Google thinks it is.   Depending on Google is like trusting Snopes.  Most of the time, the info is worth what you paid for it.
 I tried it on paracord, and it cuts it.   I tried ripping fabric, and it does that.  I tried opening a can, and it was a fail.  Shrug!

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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2017, 08:22:28 AM »
It is a ripper, not a can opener.  How many people open cans on a boat?  Just one, the cook.  The sailors cut and repair and stuff like that. 

Our seam ripper is a miniature version of that one.
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2017, 11:14:51 AM »
OK.  Call it what you want.  I agree that on some sites it is described as a line cutter or sail cutter.  There are others that refer to it as a can opener.  With a little research, there are videos of people using it to open cans on You Tube.  But, I haven't found a video of anyone using it to cut line or rip sail cloth.
I'm curious about something...if the tool already has a blade, why waste the space to put another totally different implement on the tool to do the same thing that can already be done with the existing blade?
I have seen pictures of a version that calls that implement a can opener/cap lifter (or bottle opener).  In that version, the "can opener" portion is basically the same, but on the same "blade" closer to the handle, is a bottle opener/cap lifter...both incorporated on the same "blade".  I don't remember for sure, but I think that was a variant from the UK.
Yes, I know that not everything on the internet is true.  This ain't my first rodeo.  But I did do some research before I posted that it was a can opener.
I never intended to start an argument, guys.  I'll drop it now.
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2017, 01:29:11 PM »
No argument, we are having fun.  The reason it is a seam ripper is it is a Seaman's knife.  the blade, the ripper, and the Marlin spike all have uses on a ship.  The seam ripper works much better than a knife blade to separate lapped seams on sails.  The fact that you use it as a can opener just makes it more useful.
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Re: Coricama Marine Knife
« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2017, 06:33:47 AM »
i have a whahoo killer knive.a real one with the sheath.