I do ALOT of paracord tying, it's a favorite past time and occasional business. Usually I'm home sitting on the couch and I have all of my tools that make everything easier sitting right in front of me, I have found using a 1/8" (tip) steel nail punch makes a pretty good tool for working the material throug or just tighning things up, sometimes however it slips and makes a run in the material. Recently I decided I needed a proper tool that was pointed but not sharp, I wanted a quality Marlin Spike so I began looking. I decided that I wanted a small to midsize marlin spike that would fit easily in the hand and that I could take anywhere. Finally I typed in "small marlin spike" and some popped up, then I came across one sold by Extreme Paracord in Louisiana for only $20. My Rhino Ropework Marlin Spike (sold by Extreme Para) came in and man is this thing nice. Its all stainless steel and has grooves for gripping, They put o-rings in the grooves for more grip and it has a hole for the keyring at the top. I can keep it on my keychain for those times when I throw a hank of cord in my pocket to prevent boredom wherever I am. This will come in really handy and maybe, maybe I can keep from using it for other stuff. It's made of stainless steel and has a brushed finish, it measures 5/16" and a hair over 3 1/2", its really the perfect size. I think I'm going to order another one before long so I can keep one with my other tools or incase anything happens to this one...better not! Lol I have been on a roll lately finding great deals on quality gear. I hope this helps any of you knotters and those of you that may find other uses for it. Thanks for reading, Wasp P.S. Don't buy them all I still want another one.