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    A smallish nail set works wonders on those tight knots. The end is blunt so there's not much risk of damaging the cord, and they're forged and hardened to drive nails so they don't bend easily. I've gotten quite a few knots out of my HH spectra with a nail set, and I can't really imagine a worse cord to try and loosen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop351 View Post
    A smallish nail set works wonders on those tight knots. The end is blunt so there's not much risk of damaging the cord, and they're forged and hardened to drive nails so they don't bend easily. I've gotten quite a few knots out of my HH spectra with a nail set, and I can't really imagine a worse cord to try and loosen.
    Nail set, you mean like nails from a hardware store?

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    Quote Originally Posted by funbun View Post
    Nail set, you mean like nails from a hardware store?
    I mean the little spike-like gizmo that's designed to recess the heads of finish nails and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop351 View Post
    I mean the little spike-like gizmo that's designed to recess the heads of finish nails and such.
    Ahh, I know what you're talking about.

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    I mean the little spike-like gizmo that's designed to recess the heads of finish nails and such.
    Sound easier to find at the local hardware store than a marlinspike -- at least if you don't live in a lobster town!

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    If you have a knife with one of those blades for filing your finger nails, the newer ones have a little curved point on the end for cleaning under the finger nails.

    That curved point works great as a marlin spike in a pinch. You have to be careful since it is not rounded like a true marlin spike is, but when the knot is really tight, that curved point can be carefully worked into the knot and work it loose. If you're already carrying the knife anyway, you always have it when you need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeDee View Post
    If you have a knife with one of those blades for filing your finger nails, the newer ones have a little curved point on the end for cleaning under the finger nails.

    That curved point works great as a marlin spike in a pinch. You have to be careful since it is not rounded like a true marlin spike is, but when the knot is really tight, that curved point can be carefully worked into the knot and work it loose. If you're already carrying the knife anyway, you always have it when you need it.
    Along the same idea, my old trusty swiss army knife has a punch/awl bit that works great for loosening knots. Also have to be careful with that one, though, because it's pretty pointed.
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