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Spyderco H-1 folding knives?

Discussion in 'Knives and Cutting Tools' started by JDelage, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. JDelage

    JDelage Solo Diver

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    What's the consensus on the Spyderco folding knives made out of H-1 steel? I know and like Spyderco generally, I'm just not sure a folding knife is easily deployed uw.
     
  2. victorzamora

    victorzamora Solo Diver

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    Well, H1 tends to hold up really well from what I've heard (including a good buddy that owned and dove one). However, the folding knife is easy to lose and hard to deploy and stow. IMHO, get a trilobite. MUCH cheaper, dive-specific, harder to lose, easier to deploy, and typically safer.

    A group of four of us tried folding knives underwater, and especially towards the end of a longer dive (40 minutes) or after a couple dives, your fingers would be so soft it was all too easy to destroy your hands trying to deploy one.
     
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  3. Phil_C

    Phil_C Instructor, Scuba Staff Member

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    I use one whilst climbing as a emergency knife for entanglements, and it clips to my harness nicely, but even with dry hands opening it can be difficult when you have cold hands so I would second Victor that it may be difficult to deploy underwater. - P
     
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  4. JDelage

    JDelage Solo Diver

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    Dr. Lecter Solo Diver

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    Spyderco Jumpmaster.
     
  6. Token

    Token Barracuda

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    Agreed.


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  7. Tug

    Tug ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I carry an Atlantic Salt everyday. While it's a great knife and I love it, I would carry something else for diving. Mainly because I wouldn't want to lose it and second because I don't want to have to worry about fumbling trying to open a folding knife, especially if I only can use one hand.


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  8. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Commercial divers have used folding knives as a backup for years. It is easy to avoid losing it. It only takes a little practice to open it single-handed because of the large finger hole.

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  9. JDelage

    JDelage Solo Diver

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  10. Tug

    Tug ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    No doubt about that, not saying it's not possible, just not for me. That said, it's a great knife and I would feel naked without my knife at work (I work on a tugboat)


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