Pros: Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Great knife, rare in the UK
I originally purchased this knife from a supplier in the UK who kept lying to me and not sending it out. Nobody seems to have any in stock so I relented and purchased from the Knife Center USA. I am an offshore commercial diver and use a Spyderco Atlantic Salt as my in water knife attached to a special clip coil lanyard with the belt clip removed. I found the Spyderco Assist and knew it would make a fantastic deck knife, for use in cutting any rope, tape or anything else that needed cutting whilst working on deck. The Assist Salt model made the most sense as I have had good use out of my Atlantic and so far no rust or problems. The regular assist model is easy to find but the Salt model isn't. Thankfully KC had one in stock and shipped it to the UK very quickly. The knife is strong, stronger than the Atlantic due to the thicker handle and broad blade. The whistle is a great feature to have, mainly to call the attention of crew/divers during noisy surface operations. The window breaker is good to have, although I will probably never use it. The blade itself is more useful than a full serrated edge because you can use the plain end of it for detailed cutting such as cutting tape. I find that the best sharpener for these spyderco blades is the Lansky Blademedic as it does the serrations and plain edge perfectly.