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Spyderco "Salt I" Knife

Make & Model

Brand:
Spyderco
Model:
Salt I
MSRP ($):
89.95

Spyderco makes knives for almost every cutting situation, and water environments are no exception. The introduction of H1 steel – which is almost impervious to rust – to the “Salt I” makes for a knife equally at home as an everyday carry or attached to your kayaking PFD. The Salt I is available with either a straight or serrated blade.

Features:

  • Ultralight folder
  • Ergonomic design
  • Drop point blade
  • Rust-resistant H1 steel
  • Smooth, one-handed operation

Dimensions:

  • Closed: 4"L
  • Open: 7"L
  • Blade: 3"L

Weight:

  • 2 oz

 

 

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(Updated: November 27, 2015)
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5.0

Spyderco Salt Series Knives

The salt series of knives by Spyderco pushes the limits of rust-proof to the absolute edge. No pun intended! Spyderco accomplishes this by using .1% nitrogen instead of carbon to harden the steel. The result is a rust-proof knife that reaches a Rockwell hardness of 57-58rc, which provides a nice balance between edge retention and sharpen-ability. The three knives that I will focus on in this review are the Salt 1 plain edge, Salt 1 full serrated edge and Pacific Salt with the full serrated edge.

I picked these three for two reasons. One, they are the most widely used and purchased in the Spyderco Salt line-up. And two, I own and have used these models extensively for more than three years.

Let's start with how I've used and carried each model. These three knives were initially purchased back in 2012. In addition to being an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, I'm also a member of the Sheriffs Department as a volunteer Rescue/Recovery Diver, SwiftWater Rescue Swimmer and certified EMT. I know what you are thinking and yes, I am little old to be swimming in swift water rescue situations. Most of my contributions are in the rescue/recovery diving role. Having a good knife is critical for use in the mission as well as possibly saving my own life when confronted with underwater dangers. I was looking for a good back-up knife for these diving and water rescue purposes. My duty PFD and BC each has a fixed blade attached but I needed a durable pocket carry that would see use as a back up in diving/swimming while performing as a normal pocket knife when on firm ground. I needed a rustproof duty knife that could also excel in cutting rope, all types of underwater obstructions as well as slicing the occasional apple or sandwich.

Specs have been listed in previous reviews but I'll include the basics.

Salt 1 – 3 inch blade, FRN (fiber reinforced nylon) handle, mid lock folder
Pacific Salt – 3 13/16 inch blade, FRN handle, mid lock folder

On to performance. These knives have handled everything from cutting repelling rope and riding along on countless dives to cleaning trout and preparing shore lunches in the past three years. The claim by Spyderco of “rustproof” is not just hype as none of my knives has even a spot of rust or corrosion. Now rust-proof is just one of the requirements of my water knives, they also have to cut. This is one area where there is some trade off. The H1 steel is a bit softer than your better made EDC knives. The plain edge Salt 1 was especially quick to lose it's razor edge. And, let me be very clear here, these knives will take a RAZOR edge with little effort. Which is a benefit of a softer steel, you can sharpen these with a sharpening stone quite easily. I will admit that my first impression of the FRN handle was that it seemed a bit, toyish. I was really wrong on that one. The handles are extremely grippy and super tough. I have grown to love the look and feel of the handles. Well, hold on. I love a knife with stag, micarta or even G10 handles. Those can be real works of art. The Salts are not a knife that will find it's way into too many display cases or carried for their beauty. But, they are over the top functional which gives them a beauty all their own.

The serrated versions are a different story. I have never been a big fan of serrated pocket knives but WOW these things cut! The serrated blades hold their edges for a LONG time and go through rope and fishing line like crazy. I have become a big fan of the full serrated salt series.

So to summarize, I really love my full serrated Spyderco Salt knives. I do carry the Pacific Salt more often but that is just a personal preference thing as I like a pocket knife with a edge over 3 inches. The plain edge H1 is a good knife but loses it's edge too quickly for me. The handles have grown on me over the years. I have subjected these to tough conditions and rough treatment with 0 failures or breaks. I guess the best endorsement I can give for my full serrated Pacific and Salt 1is that if lost, I would purchase another one IMMEDIATLY.


User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Extreme Rust Proof, Serrated Version Excellent Edge Holding Ability, Multi Use Cutting Tool
Cons:
Plain Edge Versions Dull Quickly
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Great Harsh Environment Knife

I have owned this knife for almost a year and while I did not purchase it specifically for the yak, it has found a home there. I originally purchased it for the boat and since I sometimes like to get out and wade fish, I needed a good knife that could take the occasional dunking in salt water. This knife has done that fairly well. It has also spent some time at the bottom of a buddy's pool. So far nothing has hurt this knife.

The knife comes razor sharp as all Spydercon knives do and when you wear that edge out, you can easily get it back in tip top shape easily. This part is sometimes a challenge with lesser grade steels.


This knofe has cut braid, mono, fluoro and anchor line and never blinks an eye. I have yet to see a spot of rust on it (I do rinse it off after saltwater excursions).

All in all this is a knife that can handle whatever task you challenge it with. Spyderco does it again.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Spyderco quality, easy to spot (yellow version), holds a good edge
Cons:
None as of yet
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(Updated: July 02, 2013)
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Review: Spyderco Salt I

After purchasing my first kayak this year, I was left with the daunting task of outfitting it with equipment that makes things more enjoyable. This task is a never-ending quest for the best setup, but it is a fun adventure. While on this quest, I ran across a knife that I think would benefit every angler.

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 a 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.H1 has .1% nitrogen which acts like carbon in the steel matrix, but does not react to chlorine to make rust. Surprisingly, it holds a sharpened cutting edge as well as the premium knife steels being used in the industry by most manufacturers.

I ordered this knife due to the fact that it will not rust, even in salt water. This is great because it’s one less thing to have to worry about. As someone that carries a knife regularly as part of my EDC, I have been through a few knives and really like the quality and the feel of this one. Out of the box it has a razor edge, and is easily sharpened back to a razor edge after use.

I ordered mine with the yellow handle and a straight edge. I figured the yellow handle would be easy to see, and I wanted the straight edge because I wanted the sharpest edge possible. However, since my initial purchase I have also purchased a very similar knife with black handles and a fully-serrated blade. I believe it is called a “Tasman”, and this knife has become my EDC.

Another great thing about this knife is that you can get a custom Kydex® sheath for around the neck carry or to attach it to your PFD. With this sheath, you can grab and deploy the knife in one motion, yet still have enough retention to securely hold the knife without fear of losing it to the bottom.

For information about the Kydex® sheath please contact Mitch at http://www.glocktech.com. He is a great guy to work with and can make you about anything that you can imagine. He is also a Spyderco dealer, and will be able to supply you with a whole package if you need it.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
7-15 times
Spyderco Salt
Spyderco Salt blade
Spyderco Salt closed
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