The Spyderco Salt series of knives have been around for a long time, but not many people have heard of them. If you work around the water, live in a humid area, love fishing or just want a knife that isn’t going to rust on you, then you should be interested in what the Salt line of knives can offer you.
Spyderco’s Salt Series of knives are designed with use in and around water. The main difference in the design of their Salt knives is the use of corrosion-resistant steels. By using H1 or LC200N in the blades, they are able to resist corrosion for long periods of time in environments where other knives would rust and fail.
Let’s look at what the Salt line can offer you and some of the most useful knives from the series.
What is the Spyderco Salt Series
Anyone who spends a lot of time fishing, boating, working around the water, or just carrying a knife while sweating a lot will know that some knives just don’t hold up as well as others when it comes to resisting corrosion. This is where the Spyderco Salt series comes in.
The Salt series is specifically designed for the people who work, live, and play around the water. The steels they use were designed specifically to resist rusting and even the metal accessories on the knife are corrosion resistant.
When you look at the Salt series the first thing that stands out is that a lot of the blade designs are serrated with many of the designs being traditional watercraft or boating shapes. This is because a serrated blade does a very good job of cutting fibrous material like ropes and cuts through straps and seatbelts much faster than a straight edge blade. This is especially important for people doing maritime rescue work.
In general, a straight blade cuts cleaner than a serrated blade but a serrated blade cuts faster and stays sharp for longer.
All of the normal Spyderco blade shapes are available in the Salt line but there are a large number of sheepsfoot and hawkbill blades in the series. This suits the people most likely to carry one of the Salt knives, people who spend time on boats for either work or pleasure.
The sheepsfoot design is beneficial for use on boats because the tip does not have a sharp point making it less likely to stick in a foot if dropped and has been adopted by many EMTs and other people that may have to make cuts close to flesh. A hawkbill blade is excellent at cutting through ropes, netting, and straps that fishermen and sailors run into.
What’s Different with the Salt Line of Knives?
The first thing that you tend to notice is the bright yellow handle that most of the Salt series use. The bright yellow color makes the knife more visible if you happen to drop it in murky water, but that’s not the main difference that makes the Salt line stand out. That comes with the materials used to make them.
Every knife is made with either an H1 or LC200N steel blade and does its best to cut down on the amount of metal used in the knife. The metal parts that can’t be removed are made with stainless steel and other corrosion-resistant metals.
H1 steel is made with 1% nitrogen instead of carbon and is naturally hard without heat-treating by using a precipitation hardening process instead. This makes the blade almost impervious to rusting and pitting and gives it a hardness that is similar to premium carbon steels. If you really want to go deep into how H1 steel is made (all the way down to a molecular level) then you can read about it here.
LC200N steel is basically a huge leap forward in blade technology. It uses nitrogen in the production of the steel instead of carbon so it basically can’t rust and it’s harder than H1 steel meaning that it holds an edge much better. If I had to choose between a knife made with H1 or LC200N, I would go with the LC200N. In fact, I went with the Spyderco Native 5 Salt as one of the knives in my EDC rotation.
Recommended Spyderco Salt Knives
There really aren’t any of the Salt series knives that I wouldn’t recommend, but these are the ones that I like the most.
Native 5 Salt
- An Improved Classic - The Native model has been a mainstay of Spyderco's product line for years as a...
- SALT SERIES - The Salt Series tackles rust through the groundbreaking use of nitrogen-based blade...
- USA Made - Spyderco takes tremendous pride in every knife we make, but the ones crafted in our...
- Light and Durable - This Native 5 handle is fabricated with Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon. FRN is a...
- One of a Kind -The handle proudly showcases the characteristic high-visibility yellow color of our...
The Native 5 Salt is a play on one of Spyderco’s most popular knives. (You can read my full review here.) It uses LC200N steel which gives it good edge retention and is available in either a plain or serrated blade.
Overall Length: 6.95″
Blade Length: 2.95″
Closed Length: 4.00″
Weight: 2.4 oz
If you’re looking for an EDC knife with great corrosion resistance then this is probably the knife you’re looking for!
- Game Changer - The knife featured a snap shackle attached to the pivot-pin end of the handle that...
- Reliable High Performance - The blade was crafted from 100% rustproof H-1 steel. Its work-hardening...
- Ultra Corrosion Resistant - This knife has an amazing alloy that uses nitrogen instead of carbon to...
- ENHANCE SAFETY - The handle houses a stout back lock mechanism that locks the blade securely open...
- ALWAYS READY KNIFE - This award-winning design was extremely popular with climbers and tradesmen...
The Snap-it Salt is a corrosion-resistant, handy knife with a built-in snap link on top that lets you attach it to a carabiner, hook, belt loop, or just about anything else. The design is really interesting because when the knife is opened up, the snap link on the top disappears into the blade and doesn’t interfere with cutting or add to the overall length on the knife.
All of the knife’s metal is corrosion-resistant, including the clip, and the blade has a larger hole to give extra leverage for one-handed opening. You can find the blade finished in either a plain or serrated edge.
Overall Length: 6.89″
Blade Length: 2.96″
Closed Length: 5.08″
Weight: 2.4 oz
This is a popular knife with hikers, climbers, and other people that need to make sure that their knife isn’t going to drop out of their pockets or get snagged in some underbrush.
- Superior Quality - It is made from H1-Steel which is a precipitation-hardened steel containing...
- FRN Handle - It is textured with a Volcano Grip pattern, the molded fiberglass reinforced nylon...
- Game Changer - The serrated hollow-ground blade offers remarkable cutting performance in and around...
- Corrosion Resistant - The knife is completely ambidextrous and utterly impervious to corrosion.
- SPECIFICATION - It has a overall length of 8.25", blade length of 3.6" and a weight of 2.75 oz. This...
The Atlantic Salt is a copy of Spyderco’s Rescue line of life. The Rescue line is intended for EMTs, firefighters, paramedics, police, and anyone else that may have to get in and cut material like seatbelts and clothing close to the skin of a victim. The Atlantic Salt ramps that up a little and adds full corrosion resistance making it popular among rescue divers and sailors.
You can get the handle in either black or yellow and the blade only comes in a serrated finish.
Overall Length: 8.25″
Blade Length: 3.687″
Closed Length: 4.625″
Weight: 2.75 oz
I really like the blade design and size of the blade on the Atlantic Salt. It’s not just a rescue knife so don’t let that scare you away from the Atlantic Salt. It would be just as useful on a camping trip as it would be in the pocket of a Coast Guard diver.
Spyderco Enuff Sheepfoot
- Reliable High Performance - Spyderco fixed blade knives offer the same performance you expect from...
- Durable - All Enuff knives feature skeletonized full-tang construction for strength and light...
- Superior Blade Steel - Its H-1 steel blade is a nitrogen-based alloy with only trace amounts of...
- Game Changer - The H-1 Enuff features a hollow-ground sheepfoot blade with a fully serrated...
- Ultra-Lightweight - It features identical scales injection molded from Durable fiberglass-reinforced...
The Spyderco Enuff Sheepfoot is made to be large enough to tackle any task but still be small enough to carry around every day. Most people pass up fixed blade knives because they’re too large to carry around for very long once you get them on your belt. The Enuff Sheepfoot fixes that problem.
It has fiberglass-reinforced scales for durability and uses their bi-directional texturing to keep it from slipping in the hand, even when it’s wet. The serrated edge of the blade is specifically designed to cut rope and netting easily.
One of the best features of this knife is the injection-molded polymer sheath with all corrosion resistant fittings. Some of the best fixed blades out there come with crappy sheaths that don’t do the knife any justice. This one is different.
Overall Length: 6.75″
Blade Length: 2.75″
Weight: 3.9 oz
If you’re interested in a fixed blade that’s not going to rust, even under extremely harsh conditions, this knife should be on your shortlist of prospects.
Spyderco Tasman Salt
- Superior Quality - The new Tasman 2 takes another significant step toward perfection with an...
- FRN Handle - It has tough, Ultra-Lightweight yellow or black fiberglass-reinforced nylon (FRN), it...
- Easy-to-Use Lock - The handle is also home to a stout back lock mechanism that locks the blade...
- Versatile - It is available with either PlainEdge or fully serrated SpyderEdge cutting edge, the...
- Durable - This dynamic generates extreme cutting power especially on fibrous hard-to-cut materials...
Spyderco’s Talisman Salt 2 is an aggressive knife designed to cut through tough fibrous materials like water-soaked ropes and netting. The hawkbill design is made to focus the cutting power of the user in an optimal way.
It comes with black or yellow handles and can be found in both serrated or plain blades.
Overall Length: 6.812″
Blade Length: 2.938″
Closed Length: 4″
Weight: 2.0 oz
If I was looking for an aggressive knife for boating or using around water, I would go for the Talisman Salt 2 with a yellow handle and serrated blade.
The Salt series is Spyderco’s answer for people looking for hard use knives that are likely to get wet and could rust. By using H1 and LC200N steels they take away the chance that you’re going to reach for your knife and find it pitted and rusty.
They have an entire line of knives in this series that can fit just about anyone’s needs. It really doesn’t matter if you work around water or not, they’re just great all-around knives.