I've been killing at least two knives a year far the past few years and I figure it's time to move up a notch in quality.
I need something that can clip onto my belt and I can forget. A fixed handle won't work as the handle sticking up is constantly getting in the way of my tackle bag, the end of the rod, the flyline................. I've been looking for a folder that will do the job. Mission makes a solid titanium folder that would be perfect but there's no way I'm risking losing a $380 knife. Whatever it is has to be considerably less then $100. It also has to be able to withstand being constantly wet with saltwater and the clip has to be strong enough that the knife isn't knocked off and lost when a wave blasts me off a rock in Montauk (which happens a lot).
So far I'm leaning towards this one:
Christin at Spyderco customer service claims that the more it's used the tougher the steel becomes.
I'm going to get one and subject it to my normal level of abuse, we'll see if it survives (no knife has yet)
I'll report back after the fall run or earlier if need be.
Cun n paste from the Spyderco site:
Pacific Salt FRN ~ C91YL
Will NOT Rust!
length overall 8 5/8" (219 mm)
blade length 3 13/16" (97 mm)
blade steel H-1
length closed 4 15/16" (125 mm)
cutting edge 3 3/8" (86 mm)
weight 3 oz (86 g)
hole diameter 9/16" (14 mm)
blade thickness 1/8" (3 mm)
handle material FRN
A big myth in the knife world is that out there somewhere is a knife that seriously cuts but cannot rust. Knives claiming these super powers are usually made with steels that are unable to hold a cutting edge for any measurable amount of time. Finally a steel foundry in Japan called Myodo Foundry makes this myth a reality with the introduction of a new steel called H1. H1 steel is a PH steel, meaning it is a precipitation-hardened steel. "Huh" you ask? Utilizing .1% nitrogen instead of carbon to harden the steel, it reaches a Rockwell hardness of 57-58rc. Spyderco uses H1 on its new C91 Pacific Salt model.
All internal steel parts are treated as well making them impervious to rust and pitting and of course, salt. Those challenged by cleaning and maintaining their knives will find the Pacific Salt stays rust-free even if put away wet.(This would be me )
The blade's hole is enlarged to 14mm for easier opening/closing with gloved, wet or cold hands. Textured in a checkerboard pattern, the yellow FRN handle has a grippy texture and is fitted with a reversible titanium pocket clip which positions for right-handers and lefties. The addition of a lanyard hole offers a backup method of attachment (thong or lanyard cord) for use around water where once dropped, a knife is often lost or elusively hard to retrieve.