The Salt 1 was developed for use in and around water and provides all the high performance qualities of H-1 steel in a convenient, multi-purpose folding knife.
Salt 1 has rounded tip that's thick at the point. Since H-1 was developed specifically for use in and around water, rounding the tip better met the requirements of cutting chores associated with boating and fishing. The Spyderco Round Hole is 14mm in diameter facilitating easier access for gloved or wet hands. All inside/outside steel components (lock bar, pins and clip) have been treated making them impervious to rust and pitting.
- Hollow Ground H-1 Steel Blade
- 14mm Spyderco Round Hole
- Molded FRN Handle with Volcano-Grip™ Texturing
- David Boye Dent
- Lanyard Hole
- Reversible Tip-Up Titanium Clip
Volcano Grip texturing covers both sides of the FRN handle for friction-resistance to slipping. David Boye's locking lever dent is a standard feature that inhibits the lock from accidental release if the handle is gripped with great force. A matching black titanium pocket clip positions for left/right tip-up portability. A hole running through the hollow clip screw makes a lanyard pipe for stringing thong or cord through when using around water.
- Overall Length: 7" (178 mm)
- Blade Length: 3" (76 mm)
- Cutting Edge: 2.687" (68 mm)
- Blade Thickness: 0.093" (2.5 mm)
- Closed Length: 4" (102 mm)
- Weight: 2 oz. (57 g)
H-1® steel is an extremely unique blade material that is completely rustproof. It is the heart of Spyderco’s Salt Series™—a family of knives ideally suited to hard use in and around the water, humidity, even persperation.
Conventional steels are produced by adding carbon to iron. This process changes the molecular matrix of the metal, enabling it to be altered through a variety of heat-based processes to produce hard, extremely durable things like knife blades. Unfortunately, carbon based steels also have a significant flaw: they are vulnerable to rust.
Rust occurs when the carbon in steel reacts with chloride. To avoid this, H-1 uses 0.10% nitrogen instead of carbon to give the material its steel-like qualities. Nitrogen does not react with chloride, making H-1 blades completely impervious to rust, even when submerged in salt water for extended periods of time.
H-1 is also unique because it is an austenitic steel. Traditional martensitic steels use a heat treating process to harden and temper them to be serviceable knife blades. H-1, however, “work hardens” through the mechanical processes of shaping and grinding the steel. The areas “worked” the most—like the bevels and cutting edges—become the hardest. The areas worked less remain softer and tougher. The end result is a blade with differential hardness that provides an exceptional balance of strength, flexibility and cutting performance—just like a coveted Japanese clay-tempered sword.
To ensure unfailing reliability in even the harshest environments, all handle and internal components of Spyderco’s Salt knives are also manufactured from 100% corrosion-proof materials and come with titanium pocket clips. Salt knives are the perfect tool wherever corrosion is a concern.