A good knife for salt water usage

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by D Deux, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. D Deux

    D Deux

    Aug 12, 2014
    G'Day! I'm looking for a good knife for salt water usage. My surf spot has become alarmingly overrun with kelp.I'm afraid of my leash (from my surfboard) getting caught in it and creating a bad situation. I am also taking into consideration it coming with a good sheath that can attach securely to a leg strap.I wear a bathing suit not board-shorts so I am limited to how I can carry this while surfing. I am partial to Benchmade knives,and I am aware that they have dive knives. But I'm willing to branch out of my Benchmade bubble if the right knife comes along.
  2. 10fingers


    May 1, 2011
    Any of the spyderco salts with a kydex sheath
  3. digitalurbancamo


    Nov 28, 2012
    Spyderco salt. Not even a question tbh
  4. KNaB


    Oct 18, 2008
    Spyderco offers one of their enuff models in H1 and a sheepsfoot blade. For something bigger you could go with a spyderco jumpmaster or scour the internet/exchange for one of their discontinued h1 fixed blades. I assume you want a fixed blade?
  5. 303_enfield


    Jul 7, 2014
    Spydie H1 Atlantic Salt, I've been running the sheepsfoot blade for a year now. Six days a weak in the Ocean. Best "salt" blade I've ever had.
  6. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Spyderco Enuff Sheepfoot Salt with 2.75" fixed blade of H-1 steel (H-1 Will Not Rust!) that's fully serrated, skeletonized full-tang 0.157 thick blade, weighs under 4 ounces and includes an injection molded polymer sheath.

    Last edited: Aug 13, 2014
  7. ak585479


    Jun 9, 2014
    Spyderco Salt series. It's really the only choice. Branch out, you won't regret it. Nothing Benchmade has to offer, or any other company for that matter, no matter how expensive the knife, WILL NOT outperform one from the Spyderco Salt series when it comes to corrosion resistance from salt water. I prefer the Pacific Salt but YMMV. The H1 steel basically is impossible to corrode, you would have to intentionally try really hard to get some corrosion on it. Also, I don't know what your preference is, but iirc the serrated edges on the Spyderco Salts get ridiculous hardness from the way they work harden it. Something like 67-68 HRC. The plain edge of the same steel is 57-58 I think. I usually don't prefer serrations except for these knives and the Spyderco Civilian.
  8. D Deux

    D Deux

    Aug 12, 2014
    Yes a fixed blade is what I had in mind. I figure no inner components to worry about rusting up.
  9. crom


    Mar 29, 2007
    Boye dendritic cobalt knives if you want an alternative to H1
  10. Bob6794


    Apr 21, 2013
    Spyderco Salt series, knives in H1 just like everyone else said.
  11. SOLEIL

    SOLEIL Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    I use my Pacific Salt in the Gulf, which has a higher salt content of either the Atlantic or Pacific, with no corrosion issues at all. I don't even bother to rinse it off anymore.
  12. digitalurbancamo


    Nov 28, 2012
    That's because H1 isn't rust resistant it's rust PROOF! :D
  13. Grease


    May 10, 2012
    Nitrogen in place of carbon in a steel alloy will do that :D
  14. KNaB


    Oct 18, 2008
    The only corrosion I've seen on an H1 blade was the one Tonydahose put in a container of wet chlorine tablets for some time, but that wasn't rust. It was CORROSION and he was intentionally trying to abuse it.
  15. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Spyderco Salt Series if no has mentioned it yet. :)
  16. NaturalMystic


    May 24, 2006
    I'm reading all these options here and am surprised no one has mentioned the Spyderco Salt series. ;-) Seriously though D Deux, check them out, I don't think you'll be disappointed. I recently gave my dad a Pacific Salt since he lives in the Caribbean and is near the ocean a lot. My travel EDC always includes a Salt and Ladybug Salt. I want to get a fully serrated Dragonfly Salt and Pacific Salt down the road.
    Oh, and welcome to the forums!
  17. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    A Spyderco Salt is a great choice but since you like Benchmade, they have a much cheaper alternative that comes in orange, OD green, and pink. The Benchmade Lone Wolf Landslide and Mini Landslide (KW has them cheap) are half the price of a Salt and have N680 steel rated for salt water. I have two (l love my Spydercos but the price difference for a knife I might lose...).
  18. payton206


    Jan 22, 2014
    I use a dragonfly salt when setting my crab traps.
  19. CairoBeretta


    Jul 23, 2014
    Have we sold you on the Salt line yet..? If not, here's another vote for them!
  20. mrdeus


    Mar 6, 2012
    I have a G.Sakai H1 Sabi knife (same company that make the Salt series, I think). It's pretty cheap. I clip it to my life vest when canoeing, but it might be in the way if attached to the ankle and the handle is wood.

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