Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
SPYDERCO SALT 1
I tend to extoll the virtues of the larger, heavy bladed knives of various design, but there is still a place for the small and lightweight pocketknives that are better suited for light-duty applications. I still show a preference for using the rigid framed lockbacks still in existence even though the components of these old traditional designs are being replaced by synthetic materials that have proven in many cases to be more durable even while giving up some of the strength of their previous counterparts. Certainly synthetics are preferred for their tendency to be waterproof, and some will even repel the corrosive effects of harsh and toxic chemicals. So as knife design has been changing, we are also seeing recent discoveries in improved steels, and newer blends of harder and more stain resistant steels are steadily replacing the outdated steels that were in common use as little as twenty years ago. Compare the care necessary to keep a high grade tooling steel like D2 from deteriorating with the fairly new H1 steel blend that simply will not rust. But for one spectacular property, we find that the older D2 may show several other properties that make it more appropriate for use over the single better anti-corrosive nature of H1 steel. Apparently we can't have 100% satisfaction in only one available steel that can be used appropriately for all applications. At least, not yet. Even when that does happen however, we may still never know about it. As one simple piece of logic says "I already have everything I need so why buy anything else?" As such the industry would slide into the bottomless abyss after everyone has acquired their own piece of perfection.As such, for light duty and wet conditions, the Salt 1 is perfect! But you may also find that the surface of the steel scratches somewhat easily. So treat it with TLC. Its a good useful and lightweight pocketknife that won’t ever rust over a lifetime of service.