Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
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…this H1 steel won’t rust in salt water. Since many folks let us know that fact in their reviews, I thought I should keep the chain going. If ocean rise ever reaches Illinois, I got just the knife for it. >>>>>>>>>>>> Seriously though, this is a great knife for land-locked folks, too. I used to do a lot of snorkeling in fresh water lakes when I was young, and always took a dive knife in case I got tangled in fishing line. Same goes for canoeist, kayakers, fishermen who go wading. I recommend a good retention system. I have been using a T-Reign Heavy Duty Retractable Gear Tether, of late, and I am impressed (purchased at KnifeCenter.com). It has a Kevlar chord and I have put it through a lot of abuse, and it has held up well. It could attach to your life vest, or, fishing vest. >>>>>>>>> Wicked-sharp blade, but I would recommend the Atlantic Salt (H1 steel), or, the Byrd Cara Cara Rescue 2 (8Cr13MoV, fresh water only, dry/oil p use) if you’re looking for strictly a rescue type knife, as these have a less pronounced point on the blade (sheepsfoot), when slicing a person clothing free, cutting a seat belt, or freeing your body parts from fishing line, etc. Both knives are available at KnifeCenter.com. But I purchased this knife because I read somewhere (KnifeCenter review?, Spyderco Forums?) that H1 reaches additional edge hardness when serrations are ground into the blade (62 HRC, or, some-such) from the heat generated in the grinding process. So, I thought I’d have to check it out. I like the deeper/longer hollow grind on my Byrd Cara Cara Rescue 2, better. Looks like the Spydie-hole got in the way of a longer grind on the Pacific Salt. Pacific’s salts handle is very comfortable, and big enough for large hands with glove on. Love Spyderco’s aggressive serrations, and their lockbacks. FRN checker board pattern scales are extremely grippy (funny, they call the same pattern, “Volcano grip,” in description of Atlantic Salt). Cara Cara’s bi-directional grips are grippier, but not as comfortable. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> And, this Pacific Salt isn’t tactical, it’s… yellow. It is obviously a, ‘Safety Knife.’ I know I will feel very safe carrying it. I can see a Spyderco Autonomy and Aqua Salt in my future.