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Options for rustless carry

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Yo Mama, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    I would like a sweat on it all day, and jump in the pool with it kind of knife. H1 and lc200n are on the list, but I'm limiting options to one that I can both neck and belt carry, or just a dedicated folder. Lightweight preference.

    I have a native and 2 endures already, so salt versions seem too similar. The ark is about perfect, but no belt carry options. I'd love a para 3 in lc200n but that seems to not be on the horizon.

    Outside of what I've been looking at with Spyderco, what options am I not thinking of?
  2. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    Boye sailing knife in dendritic cobalt.
  3. benchwarmer380

    benchwarmer380 Valyrian Member Platinum Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    I don't know for certain, but the Ark looks like it might be spaced properly for a Spyderco G-Clip.

    Alternatively, you could lash it to your belt with paracord. I prefer this method over g clips and tecklocks.
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  4. kda89508

    kda89508 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2005
    I second this. Kevin
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  5. Man with no name

    Man with no name

    Jun 24, 2015
    Any particular reason for preference of the paracord?
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  6. Forester_01

    Forester_01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2018
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  7. benchwarmer380

    benchwarmer380 Valyrian Member Platinum Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    It tends to be less bulky by having the sheath right up against the belt and I feel like I can get it more snug to the belt too.
    It's also arguably more versatile. The holes on a sheath need to be measured specifically to fit G-Clips and Tek-Loks, whereas as long as it has a couple of holes you can use paracord. You can probably recreate any angle offered by one of the clips if you get crafty with looping and crossing the cord.
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  8. Baggins


    Oct 13, 2017
    How light is lightweight? Under 4oz? Under 3oz?
    Spyderco Caribbean and Waterway?
    But although they aren't heavy they aren't "lightweight"<3oz...
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  9. Currawong

    Currawong Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2012
    Vanax is pretty much rust proof. You could get a custom made e.g. Shannon Steel Labs.
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  10. RickyBobby


    May 3, 2018
    The FRN Salts will be the lightest options from Spyderco. Yes they're very similar to their VG10 counterparts, Enduras and whatnot.
    Wish I'd pick a Mule Project in LC200N when they were available
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  11. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Sounds likr you need a Spyderco ARK to me.
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  12. Monofletch

    Monofletch Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    673CD9D6-55C4-4DE5-BB48-CC09CA320E0C.jpeg I am in the same boat. I can rust almost anything with my toxic sweat within a few days. In the summer I am soaked from 8am to 4pm. I don’t carry my “upper end” knives at work because of this.
    So far one of the only knives holding up with NO signs of rust is a Damascus Civivi. Weird, I know. I think the high polish Damascus might have something to do with it. Hell I don’t know. My Praxis has been taking a beating and is still not rusting. I have carried it almost every day this summer.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
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  13. Spyderco Dragonfly in H1 is small enough to neck carry and also has a pocket clip. Mine is my designated boat/beach knife. And it’s easy to RIT dye the FRN if yellow isn’t your thing (mine is charcoal grey).
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  14. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    The native 5 salt is my choice, or the waterway for a fixed blade, though maybe a touch big for EDC. It's pretty slim so it still carries very well. It packs a lot of awesomeness in the package.

    I've not tried it or heard too many report about it but the quiet carry "The Current" could be a promising knife.
  15. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    The David Boye Dendritic Cobalt (Stellite 6-B) folder comes with a pocket clip and a bail for lanyard attachment. A Titanium Marlinspike is also an option.
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  16. SOLEIL

    SOLEIL Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    Another option. Take care of your knife so it doesn't rust. Like clean it and dry it off, maybe a little rust protection.
  17. onekerf

    onekerf Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    I'll echo for the Boye.
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  18. Cosmodragoon


    Jan 1, 2019
    This is interesting. I'll admit to having no experience with any of the modern "Damascus" steels. They've always been sort of mysterious to me. I haven't seen much on the physical properties of these steels and they don't typically show up on comparison charts. I'm guessing that's because they are made by combining other steels with different properties. I'd also have guessed that the properties could be different depending on which steel is where in the mix. Overall rust resistance is a curious surprise.
  19. Monofletch

    Monofletch Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    I know it is based on 9cr. That is what WE says anyway. I figured the cheaper Steel would rust quicker. I haven’t had it apart yet. I will take it apart and see what’s going on.
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  20. Lesknife

    Lesknife Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    I would think any good stainless 13% + chrome with a PVD , DLC or TiNi coating would be fairly rust resistant in most outdoor environments except maybe aboard ocean ship or submerged salt water or some % acidity. And even a good coat of hard wax on top of that to protect the sharpened edge that is exposed. I know 420hc kitchen knives will rust after being submerged In soapy water over a weekend thanks to a former girlfriend. So saturation/ soaking and duration is going to be the worst. Intermittent fresh water and humidity won’t have much impact if any on stainless . Even non stainless that is well oiled and maintained will last a long time. Especially if you keep it clean and air dry it frequently.

    Otherwise in an extreme environment the best preventive is keeping it clean and dry as possible maybe a fully enclosed water tight sheath then a fresh water wash and rinse and dry right after use or exposure.
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