Rigging sets.

Alfacharlie

War Hero
Yep. Only the best ones. The rest of the duty watch cold move ratings don’t.

They suck donkey schlong.

I also like the smalley adjusties. To make it look like we were technical OM’s.

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Yeah mate, had to sign them out! Justies live’s matter!!
 

Taztiff

War Hero
You've not had the young WE officer stick his head round the door and ask the immortal words 'Chief, can I borrow a screwdriver' then?
We had a young Kuwaity officer want to borrow a set of pliers so he could take the back off his Rolex and change the battery.
 

D108

Midshipman
I was issued a multi tool at Raleigh in 91 with rate & name engraved which included a spike. SO(R) and no.


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Taztiff

War Hero




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Had one similar but without the spike. Ideal for cleaning finger nails ;)
Got it off a pongo down south in 84. It broke last year, the metal spring thing for holding the blade in place snapped.
 

Stirlin

War Hero
JS on Forth had ship cobbler make him a utility belt , had all the usual , spike , dirk , pliers , adjustable and a small pocket for his tabs and lighter.
 

LifebuoyGhost

Midshipman
At one time they weren’t original issue - it was just the pussers Dirk -only the buffers party I think had them “officially“ but every red blooded seaman rating lusted after one and acquired a set sooner or later - Rigging knife, sailmakers knife and spike - all handcrafted with love in Sheffield - which is why so many including my Own 50 year old set still exist.
They went with other “unofficial“ bits of kit that were ”acquired” like Steaming Bats, Submariners Jumpers and the holy grail for bubbleheads, the leather belt from a Standard Diving set - it just squeezed into the loops in a pair of No 8 trousers
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
I've still got a pussers dirk, a mate gave it to me when he left the Mob, it must have been late 1964. Still in perfect working order (so's the knife) and holds a good edge.
 

fishhead

War Hero
When I left the mob I handed my rigging set on to my relief because he didn't have one. I retained the sailmakers knife and still use it to this day for odd jobs in the garage and garden.
 
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