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Spyderco Pacific Salt Dive Knife Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Spyderco Pacific Salt Dive Knife Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives

Spyderco’s Pacific Salt is essentially a buck knife for divers, but also fishermen, sailors, sea kayakers and just about anyone else who needs a folding knife designed for the marine environment. The blade is 3.8 inches long and made from H-1 stainless steel. Spyderco makes many of its marine knives from H-1 steel, which substitutes nitrogen for carbon in the metal matrix. The result is a metal that, for all practical purposes, is just as rust-proof as titanium. The Pacific Salt has a standard edge, and the blade has a finger hole near the loop to make the knife easier to open and close with one hand. Like a normal buck knife, the blade locks into place once it is fully extended. The lock is released by pressing down on the bit of exposed, indented metal on the back of the handle. The Pacific Salt’s handle has a textured surface and is made from fiberglass-reinforced nylon, and comes with both a belt clip and a hole for a lanyard. The Pacific Salt comes with yellow or black handles, and a version with a black handle and blackened blade is also available.

A knife like the Pacific Salt is a real dual-purpose tool, so a diver might use it more often on land than underwater. Most dive knives are overkill for camping or handyman use, but not the Pacific Salt, which for all intents and purposes is just a high tech buck knife. However, because it is a buck knife, the Pacific Salt isn’t the primary knife for a diver that really needs a dive knife, and the reason why hinges around how and where to store it. The conventional belt clip is too insecure to use on a dive. Using the clip guarantees eventually losing the knife. Lanyards are great for securing the knife while it is in use, but having a knife floating off a BCD or wrist when it isn’t in use creates another “danglie.” So, the only safe, convenient place for this knife is in a pocket, where it can’t be reached quickly.

Dive Gear Reviews thinks folding dive knives should serve as primaries only for divers who rarely need their knives, which describes most recreational divers. Cave divers, wreck divers, and spearfishermen might want to use this knife as a back-up instead of as a primary.

Average Price: $60