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Spyderco H-1 folding knives?

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

  1. EL Pistoffo

    EL Pistoffo Loggerhead Turtle

    Spyderco, plain or serrated edge preferable?

    How is it most commonly carried with dive gear? They don't appear come with sheaths.
  2. WhiteSands

    WhiteSands DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Definitely serrated preferably, since the main use is as a sawing cutting tool instead of a push cutting tool.
    I'm currently using a H1 Pacific Salt carried on my waist strap in a custom webbing sheath, but I'd prefer a fixed blade that was easy to deploy.

    If I'm hung up on something in a strong current and I needed to cut myself free fast, I do not want to have to have the difficulty of pulling my folder out of its sheath and opening it.
    With 5mm or dry gloves on, it's almost an impossibility.
    I prefer to be able to pull out a fixed blade and cut myself free immediately.

    The Spydies are very nice knives, I just think folders are not the best solution for diving.
    Alan Antopol, JDelage and EL Pistoffo like this.
  3. Ricky B

    Ricky B Barracuda

    If you loop a zip tie through the hole, there should be no problem opening it, even with gloves on, for you can pull on the zip tie loop. A lanyard slipped over the wrist solves the problem of dropping the knife.

    The problem I see is closing the knife while wearing neoprene gloves. The lock style on the Atlantic Salt is a lockback with a David Boye dent. The "dent" makes it harder to close the knife accidentally, but with gloves on, I could see it being hard to depress lockbar.

    The advantage of a fixed blade is that it has a sheath always at the ready. With a folding knife, the handles are the sheath, and unless you can close the knife, you don't have a sheath.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2014
  4. Thomthumb

    Thomthumb Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Land of the Sun and Concrete. Phoenix Az
    Those salties are the only thing that I dive with. There are easy to open(for me), but I am used to them. I loaned one to a DM in Roatan and he cut through a 1 inch rope underwater with ease. He tried to buy it from me, because it was so efficient cutting that rope. I gave it to him when I left the island. I usually buy the yellows because they are easier to see if I drop it in the water. It fits in a pocket easily.
  5. Rich Keller

    Rich Keller Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Long Island NY
    I add a shackle & clip to the folding knives I dive with and clip them to my harness.

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    Spd 135 likes this.
  6. orenbvip

    orenbvip Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Montreal
    i use one and love it.
  7. PeterNBiddle

    PeterNBiddle Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Seattle, WA USA
    I have one in my save-a-dive kit and carry it free-diving/snorkeling, clipped in a bathing suit pocket. It's a great little knife. For scuba I have a sheathed dive knife and EMT shears.
  8. Capt Scotty

    Capt Scotty Dive Charter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: the "Keys"
    Yellow Salty serrated in my pocket on the boat everyday....
  9. orenbvip

    orenbvip Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Montreal
    Siera trading post has them for about $50 , I stole mine from my brother so it was free :)
  10. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
    While the Trilobites are my primary tools and live at one or more spots on my harnesses, I carry the Spyderco in my pouch or leg pocket as a back-up. I've never had to use it for anything though.

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