Yachtsman’s Knives

Marlinspike (pronounced /ˈmɑrlɨnspaɪk/, sometimes marlin spikemarlinespike, or the archaic marlingspike) is a tool used inropework for tasks such as unlaying rope for splicing, untying knots, or forming a makeshift handle. A marlinspike is a polished cone tapered to a rounded or flattened point, usually 6 to 12 inches long, although sometimes 26″ or longer, depending on what ply and size of rope they are intended for. The marlinspike is a tool made from metal, usually iron or steel, differentiating it from the fidwhich is similar in shape and function but made from wood or bone. The marlinspike may be a separate tool or one item on a pocket knife.