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Spyderco Atlantic Salt Dive Knife Review

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Spyderco’s Atlantic Salt is the fraternal twin of its Pacific Salt. Essentially a marine buck knife, the Atlantic Salt is for divers, fishermen, sailors, sea kayakers and just about anyone else who needs a folding knife designed for use in a saltwater environment. The blade is 3.8 inches long and made from H-1 stainless steel. Spyderco forges many of its marine knives from H-1 steel, a material that substitutes nitrogen for carbon in the metal’s matrix. H-1 steel is supposedly just as rust-proof as titanium.

The difference between the Atlantic and Pacific Salts is in the blade. The Atlantic Salt is the serrated cutter, while the Pacific has a standard edge. 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 Atlantic 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 Atlantic Salt comes with black or yellow handles.

A knife like the Atlantic 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 Atlantic Salt, which for all intents and purposes is just a high tech buck knife. However, because it is a buck knife, the Atlantic Salt isn’t the primary knife for a diver that really needs a dive knife. The reason why hinges around the belt clip, which is too insecure to use on a dive. Some divers report that clipped-on knives like this one never come off, but others disagree, and in general the system just doesn’t seem like the way to secure something so it is always there when you need it. Think about how often something clipped on your belt comes loose in real life, and then double those odds and factor in that you probably won’t know it’s gone until you go looking for it (a completely normal state of affairs underwater), and you have a clipped-on dive knife.

The safest, most secure place to tuck this knife away is in a BCD pocket, where it isn’t especially handy. Dive Gear Reviews therefore thinks folding dive knives should serve as primaries only for divers who rarely need to use them, a category describing 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