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SCUBALAB’S QUICK GUIDE TO NEW, MUSTHAVE DIVE KNIVES

Scuba Diving - - Currents - BY ROBBY MYERS

1 PROMATE SHARP-TIP TI­TA­NIUM DIV­ING KNIFE The 4⅜-inch ti­ta­nium blade of this dive knife fea­tures a pointed tip, ser­rated and non­ser­rated edges, and a line cut­ter. The er­gonomic rub­ber grip is easy to hold and is tex­tured for a se­cure and pow­er­ful grip — and it is avail­able in sev­eral col­ors. The full-tang knife in­cludes a sturdy ti­ta­nium ham­mer on the bot­tom of the han­dle. $99.95; PROMATEUSA.COM 2 AQUA LUNG MI­CRO SQUEEZE BLUNT This line cut­ter is only 4 inches long and can eas­ily be at­tached to a BC or strapped to your body. Sim­ply squeeze the sides of the han­dle and pull to free the knife from its sheath. The 304-stain­lesssteel blade also fea­tures a bot­tle opener for when your day of div­ing is done. $35; AQUALUNG.COM 3 SPY­DERCO DRAGONFLY 2 HAWK­BILL This fold­able, com­pact knife is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and can be flicked open sin­gle-hand­edly. But it man­ages to pack a lot of bite into its small pack­age. The gimp­ing at the base of the blade pro­vides a safe, solid perch for your thumb and al­lows for a sturdy grip for max­i­mum con­trol and cut­ting power. The fully ser­rated hawk­bill blade is made us­ing Spy­derco’s rust-re­sis­tant H1 steel. The knife was de­signed to be am­bidex­trous, and the clip can be switched from one side to the other. $97.95; SPY­DERCO.COM

their bare hands for what is down there, search­ing for trea­sures like cop­per, iron and even more valu­able met­als, which then get sold on the wealth­ier side of the river in down­town Yangon for melt­ing down and re­use. In­come can be up to $100 per day de­pend­ing on what they can find. On some days, the divers find noth­ing at all. If they are lucky, they can get as­sign­ments from com­pa­nies to sal­vage a sunken ship or do other un­der­wa­ter work like clean­ing con­crete piles of a bridge. Work­ing in crews of four or five per boat, they dive twice a day dur­ing high tide. Be­tween 20 and 30 div­ing crews op­er­ate out of Dala. Most of them wish to have an­other job on solid ground, not in the wa­ter. It is a dan­ger­ous job, after all, and many have been in­jured dur­ing div­ing. But they need the money to sup­port their fam­i­lies. The divers work ev­ery day just for the sim­plest ba­sic needs: food and a roof over their fam­ily’s heads. Sunken ships are tragedies, but for the divers, they are a means to sur­vive.

The divers work ev­ery day just for the sim­plest ba­sic needs: food and a roof over their fam­ily’s heads.

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