The knife and diving world has searched for years for a steel with high-performance cutting abilities that cannot rust. A Japanese steel foundry recently introduced H1, a steel that fits those specifications. H1 is a PH steel, meaning it is a precipitation-processed alloy, that's rolled hard without heat-treating and has .1% nitrogen which acts like carbon, but does not react to chlorine to make rust. Surprisingly, it holds a sharpened cutting edge comparable to the premium knife steels being used in the industry today.
Based on the Endura, one of Spyderco's top sellers, the Pacific Salt has a few modifications from its predecessor. Spyderco has rounded the tip and made it a bit thicker at the point to better accommodate the requirements of cutting chores associated with boating and fishing. The Spyderco round hole is increased in diameter to 14mm, to create 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. Volcano Grip texturing covers both sides of the handle making it resistant to slipping. A black steel 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. 3-3/4" blade. Measures 4-7/8" closed and weighs 3.0 oz. Made in Japan. Suggested retail is $139.95.
Spyderco® Pacific Salt Black