December 2011 Issue
Last-minute Gift Ideas
Made of marine-grade stainless steel (420) with a titanium coating, the Gill Marine Tool (MT003) includes a folding marlin spike, sturdy shackle key, and a 2.5-inch, serrated blade. The titanium coating gives the Gill a leg up on some other personal tools we’ve seen as it offers boosted corrosion resistance. We’ve also found the serrated edge helps cut through rope with less effort.
Weighing in at 5.7 ounces, it carries considerable heft compared to ceramic or plastic-handled mariners knives, but it folds down to 3.75 inches and can be stored in the included belt pouch or hung from a lanyard.
Testers found the tool somewhat stiff to use at first, but after working it some, it loosened up. It is not designed for one-handed use—a feature we prefer in sailing knives. The Gill tool is a good-looking, useful device with a competitive price ($26), and it would fit easily into a Christmas stocking.