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Spyderco C88SYL Salt I Folding Knife 3" H1 Serrated Blade, Yellow FRN Handles

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Part Number: SP88SYL
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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SP88SYL: 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: H-1
  • Weight: 2 oz. (57 g)
  • Handle Material: Yellow FRN
  • Made in Seki-City, Japan

UPC Code: 716104007363

The lockback system has been used for many decades. It can usually be found on the knife spine and it provides a strong 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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5 out of 5
Dec 22, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Blade Material, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Great holiday knife
Used at the beach, for cutting baggette and cheese. Made a fish trap at the beach and carried in my board shorts without worrying about it at all. Didn't even rinse it for a day. No rust. It seems to cut at an angle rather than straight down. Might be my technique or the one sided bevel. As new, it's a little stiff to open one handed. Guess that it'll ease up after use.
5 out of 5
Robert L
San Francisco
Aug 03, 2016
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Using as EDC
My knives see light use only, and this one has been my main EDC since receiving it a couple of weeks ago. The handle shape and size is similar to a Delica, but slightly shorter because the tail end is lopped off, so it feels better in the pocket (I don't use the clip). And it's also lighter than the Delica because it has no liner. The blade shape is slightly more a Wharncliffe than the Delica's, so it's better at tasks like opening mail. This is the first knife I got in Hi steel and was the reason I got it. I chose the serrated edge because it's at a higher hardness than the plain edge. The operation of the knife is not loose, but not a problem for me, as I don't flick it open. I prefer back lock knives now because of the better blade retention (I don't want it opening in my pocket). So, this knife ticks off a lot of boxes, and I am very happy with it.
5 out of 5
John B.
West Coast USA
Nov 29, 2012
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Living near the ocean this H1 Spyderco is a must have. I have owned a number of different Spydercos and the Salt 1 H1 is probably the best EDC ever for around salt water fishing/boating. It is very sharp, light weight, stronger than it looks, perfect size to fit in your shorts pocket but long enough to still get 4 fingers on the handle, great grip, easy to open, strong pocket clip and hole to tie a lanyard. For use at sea the sheepsfoot blade may be a better choice but if a pointed tip is not an issue for you the Salt 1 is hard to beat.
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