Salt 2 or Native Salt?

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Salt 2 or Native Salt

  1. Salt 2

    9 vote(s)
  2. Native Salt

    26 vote(s)
  1. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    i am looking at two knives: the Salt 2 and the Native Salt.

    The 2 has the advantage of a handle I find comfortable, better edge retention in SE, and toughness, and less costly.

    The NS has the advantage of being shorter when closed, better edge retention in PE, and perhaps stronger in design.

    Which one and why?
  2. 353

    353 Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 20, 2015
    Have both in PE, love both. Not a big fan of serrated blades unless it's a bread knife.

    Picket the Native, it has some great steel, LC200N.

    Having said I never had a problem with H1 not holding it's edge.
  3. Wharn

    Wharn Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    That’s a tough one, both are great knives. Do yourself a favor and get a Pacific Salt though.
  4. FullFlatMind


    May 30, 2019
    Pacific Salt SE is an excellent choice. H1 and LC200N are both great steel choices. H1 in SE and LC200N in PE.
  5. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    The Salt 2 and Native Salt are the size I need. They both have good points, but which to choose?
  6. kickert


    Jan 1, 2019
    I have owned both. I much prefer the Native Salt. I didn't think I would like the finger choil, but it fits my hand perfectly and it make the knife feel very secure when using. I have never had any tarnishing issues with the LC200N although I hear it isn't as good as H1 in that regard. I do like the blade shape of the Salt 2, but it doesn't feel as good in my hand. I haven't had issues with it holding an edge, but I also haven't used it as much. One thing that I really like about the Native Salt is that it is very easy to open and close one handed (when you close it the finger choil hits your finger making it easy to close).

    End of the day, it comes down to your use case. For me, it is backpacking and hiking knife. I want something light and sturdy that I don't have to worry about rusting. If I were on a boat fishing all day, I would prefer the Salt 2. YMMV
  7. FullFlatMind


    May 30, 2019
    What do you plan to use it for? Also, both of these knives are available in PE or SE.
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  8. uxo2

    uxo2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    Native Salt because I dot have one.
  9. Peter Brandon

    Peter Brandon Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 2, 2018
    Got a Salt 2 and sold it within a few days - handle just didn’t work for me. Have a native and it’s a great knife though I prefer blades around the 3.5 inch mark. The LC200N is amazing though and subsequently the Caribbean gets used the most.
  10. batosai117

    batosai117 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 5, 2007

    I'd vote for the Native. It feels great in the hand and carries nice. Zero blade play and a perfectly shaped blade.

    Five star rating, would buy again :D
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  11. archieblue

    archieblue Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2001
    Native Salt is one of three Natives I have. Such a fantastic knife. I personally would own 6 Natives before I’d add another Delica which is basically what the Salt 2 is.
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  12. BD_01

    BD_01 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    Fishing/EDC: PE Native S

    Sailing/Rafting/Rescue, Gardening/ Abusive Utility: SE Salt 2 (although I prefer the SE Pac Salt).
    RickyBobby likes this.
  13. mwhich50

    mwhich50 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    I am not a small knife person, but if I was, I would get both. I had the Salt 2. It is a better EDC than the Native, but the Native is a better choice for self-defense. I always lean towards the more versatile knife: Native.
  14. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    Well thanks for all the replies. The both of these are salt but they are very different in some ways. If this Salt 2 had a point on it like the Native I would get that no question.
  15. onionfan


    Nov 29, 2008
    I've really been tempted to buy the salt 2 wharncliffe serrated. Never handled one, but looks like it has a nice pointy tip vs. the regular salt 2. And I already have a salt 1 and don't need another one so similar. Have you considered the wharncliffe models?

    Also, I know the native has a very nice back lock...but the seki models are no slouches either. I have carried a pinned construction Pacific salt plain edge knife off and on for 10 years or so. Have never been real easy on it, but never had a problem with it. Looks rough but wouldn't trade it for a new one. Too many memories.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2019
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  16. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    The wharncliffe is the one I’d get, serrated of course.
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  17. BMCGear

    BMCGear Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    The Native 5 Salt is an incredible knife. I briefly owned one and sold it. The Salt 2 isn't a slouch and if you prefer a serrated blade it's the way to go. Plain edge though is the Native for sure.
  18. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    Native 5 Salt
  19. nephron

    nephron Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    I am not much of a serrated edge fan(however now that I can get them sharpened by the manufacturer I am acquiring more)but at least for the ocean(for me)the serrated works much better on rope, seaweed etc than the plain edge. Just picked up a new Pacific Salt 2 serrated/Wharncliffe to break in next week at the beach. my son got my old one. Nice to have so many choices.
  20. timbo813


    Jun 24, 2014
    I voted for native but what i’d really prefer would be a salt2 in lc200n PE. The native is a little pricey for me to carry in the ocean and fishing where it could easily be lost.

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