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Spyderco C88PBK Salt I Folding Knife 3" H1 Satin Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles

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Part Number: SP88PBK
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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SP88PBK: Salt I

A myth in the knife world is that, out there somewhere exists steel with high-performance cutting abilities that cannot rust. A Japanese steel foundry recently turned this myth into reality with the introduction of a steel they call H1. H1 is a PH steel meaning it is a precipitation-processed alloy, that's rolled hard without heat-treating and has .1% nitrogen which acts like carbon in the steel matrix, but does not react to chlorine making rust. Surprisingly, it holds a sharpened cutting edge comparable to the premium knife steels being used in the industry by most knife manufacturers.

One of Spyderco's top sellers is our Delica Model. Users gravitate to it due to its sensible size, versatile shape and tested durability. It makes complete sense to plug H1 into this model, so we did, with a couple modifications. Salt I has a more rounded tip that's a bit thicker at the point. Since H1 was developed specifically for use in and around water, rounding the tip better met the requirements of cutting chores associated with boating and fishing. The Spyderco Round Hole is increased in diameter to 14mm facilitating easier access for gloved or wet hands. All inside/outside steel components (lock bar, pins and clip) have been treated making them impervious to rust and pitting. Volcano Grip texturing covers both sides of the FRN handle for friction-resistance to slipping. David Boye's locking lever dent is a standard feature that inhibits the lock from accidental release if the handle is gripped with great force. A matching black titanium pocket clip positions for left/right tip-up portability. A hole running through the hollow clip screw makes a lanyard pipe for stringing thong or cord through when using around water.
  • Length Overall: 7" (178 mm)
  • Length Closed: 4" (102 mm)
  • Hole Diameter: 9/16" (14 mm)
  • Blade Length: 3" (76 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 2-11/16" (68 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 3/32" (2.5 mm)
  • Blade Steel: H1
  • Weight: 2 oz. (57 g)
  • Handle Material: Black FRN
  • Made in Seki-City, Japan

UPC Code: 716104007318

The original locking mechanism. It can be found mid spine or at the bottom of the handle, and it provides tight lockup that will wear well.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Made in Japan
Made in Japan
The exotic steel Capital of the World, Japan produces and innovates some of the best products, from pocket to kitchen knives and everything in between.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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Sébastien L
Jan 31, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Bought is to use in wet environment, works perfectly!
5 out of 5
Aug 28, 2011
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
I tend to extoll the virtues of the larger, heavy bladed knives of various design, but there is still a place for the small and lightweight pocketknives that are better suited for light-duty applications. I still show a preference for using the rigid framed lockbacks still in existence even though the components of these old traditional designs are being replaced by synthetic materials that have proven in many cases to be more durable even while giving up some of the strength of their previous counterparts. Certainly synthetics are preferred for their tendency to be waterproof, and some will even repel the corrosive effects of harsh and toxic chemicals. So as knife design has been changing, we are also seeing recent discoveries in improved steels, and newer blends of harder and more stain resistant steels are steadily replacing the outdated steels that were in common use as little as twenty years ago. Compare the care necessary to keep a high grade tooling steel like D2 from deteriorating with the fairly new H1 steel blend that simply will not rust. But for one spectacular property, we find that the older D2 may show several other properties that make it more appropriate for use over the single better anti-corrosive nature of H1 steel. Apparently we can't have 100% satisfaction in only one available steel that can be used appropriately for all applications. At least, not yet. Even when that does happen however, we may still never know about it. As one simple piece of logic says "I already have everything I need so why buy anything else?" As such the industry would slide into the bottomless abyss after everyone has acquired their own piece of perfection. As such, for light duty and wet conditions, the Salt 1 is perfect! But you may also find that the surface of the steel scratches somewhat easily. So treat it with TLC. Its a good useful and lightweight pocketknife that won’t ever rust over a lifetime of service.
5 out of 5
Mr. B
Cape Cod
Aug 22, 2011
Pros: Pocket Clip, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
great edc
This really won't rust. I live right by the ocean and rust has never been a problem with this knife. Very sharp out of the box. I hated it when spyderco changed the handle configuration on the delica and endura but fortunately they resurrected the old handle shape with the salt series. Perfect size and ergonomics for everyday carry. Lock and pocket clip are both great also.
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