Myerchim is one of the few companies that is devoted to make knives for nautical purposes. The knives are based on recommendations of seaman and are tested at sea under all conditions.  While the knives are also useful for other walks of life they are truly made for the purpose of going to sea. Most Myerchin Knives are made in Seki, Japan while some are made in China.  All are made to the exacting standards of the Myerchin company.  Earlier knives were made with 440C Stainless Steel.  Today, they are using German Pro-Marine  Stainless Steel.  Myerchin's website says this is a 440C equivilent stainless steel with better corrosion reistance.  Myerchin offers most of ther knives with either a fine (plain) edge or 3/4 serrated edge.  The 3/4 serrated is said to be superior for cutting synthetic lines. Models that are serrated will have the letter "P" as the last part of the pattern number.

At five inces (127 mm) long the knife is a pocket full.  However, it does have a slim profile and well designed pocket clip.  The pocket clip also acts as the housing for the small LED flashlight. It is held in place by three screws.  You need to remove these screws in order to replace the batteires for the light. The design of the handle is such that the cllip does not interfere with your grip. The ergonmoc grip  also has a built in guard at the top which prevents your hand from slipping onto the blade.

The blade can be opened easy enough by using the shackle key as a thumb hole.  With practice, it is alos possible to pinch and flick the blade open.  The spike can also be opened with one hand.  However, closing the blade abd spike really requires both hands in id you want to do it safely.  The light requires you to press and hold the button dowm to remian lit. This means your thumb might get tired after awhile.  On the bright side it means you wont accidentally turn the light on in your pocket and have a dead battery when you actually need it.

The blade and marlin spike both lock in the open position.  The bail acts as the release of both implements. I have heard some complaints about the back spring on this knife but so far I have encountered no problems. In all the finish is excellent and the design concept is thoughtful and useful.  The only downside in my opinon is the use of the red LED light.  A white light would have been brighter.  Also red light will make it virtually impossible to see any red markings on a chart or map.  However, when all things are considered the Navigator is an excellent modern day marlin spike knife.

 



Pattern:  L300P
Manufacturer:Myerchin
Country: Japan
Closed Length: 5 in. (127 mm)
Implements:4
       1) Sheepfoot  3.25 in. (83 mm)
       2) Shackle Key (in blade)
       3)  in. Marlin spike 3 in. (76 mm)
       4) Red LED light
Blade: 440C Stainless
Handle: Black Zytel
Shield: embossed Whale
Pins: Stainless
Bail: Stainless, locks blade and spike
Bolsters: N/A