SCUBALAB’S QUICK GUIDE TO NEW, MUSTHAVE DIVE KNIVES
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.