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Spyderco H-1 folding knives?

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

  1. Malpaso

    Malpaso Solo Diver

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    I carry a Spyderco Atlantic Salt. I have a loop of 550 cord on it, and I clip it to a bungee cord and leave it in my BC pocket.
     
  2. Dave616

    Dave616 Barracuda

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    I love mine. Removed the pocket clip and added a Wichard shackle and DGX small bolt snap.
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  3. Malpaso

    Malpaso Solo Diver

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    I like your idea of the shackle where I used paracord.
     
  4. Dave616

    Dave616 Barracuda

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    Thanks, even though it cost about $18 at West Marine, the solid retention gives me peace of mind.
     
  5. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I just use cave line with the standard tie-off for bolt snaps.
     
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  6. g1138

    g1138 Marine Scientist

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    My experience is for Dry land use for work.

    If you want a quick deploy stub/no-thumb needed, install a ziptie on the thumb hole.
    You will now be able to hook and deploy your knife onto say.....line or a pocket edge.
    I use caveline tied in a double half-hitch for a little less bite. Less chance of accidentally deploying when you pull it out of a pocket.

    [video=youtube;SOiGkvdwlhs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOiGkvdwlhs[/video]
     
  7. TwelveTrains

    TwelveTrains Garibaldi

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    I have been reading most commercial divers use this setup. Is this suitable for recreational diving as well? Since in recreational diving you are horizontal instead of vertical my first worry was about it dragging or getting caught on something below you.
     
  8. waves_221

    waves_221 Solo Diver

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    I've used them for years and love them. Salt I, Pacific Salt, and Atlantic Salt (serrated and non-serrated H1 blades). Never had any trouble with rust or opening them even after multiple long dives. I dive warm water without gloves.
     
  9. Frogkicker

    Frogkicker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have a salt and the h1 is good steel. I normally carry 3 knives, but if I only carry one it's a big chief. Queen-Cutlery-Co-USA-Divers-Supply-Aluminum-Big.jpg
     
  10. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

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    Since this thread may serve as a resource for people searching on the forum for info. on Spyderco H1-steel knives, where the H1 steel is allegedly rust-proof, I'll pass along what I've been told and a small bit of personal experience.

    1.) I'm told they are very rust proof (but note: not all Spyderco knives use H1 steel), but you may on occasion find a bit of rust on the blade. Someone claimed it might be due to residue from the (non-H1) bit used to engrave things into the blade, and I think I can see some evidence on mine. I'll post photos taken today with my iPhone 7Plus and resized to 1024x768 (or similar) to show you what mine looks like.

    Speaking of which, mine has been on 4 live-aboard trips IIRC, and more diving besides that. It's an old Spyderco H1-steel Salt 1. I don't rinse if off between dives, it's never been oiled or sharpened, I seldom use it (though it seems sharp), and basically it gets rinsed at the end of a live-aboard trip like the other gear.

    2.) If you're willing to blow money on a Chemistry experiment, one person found a way to corrode the blade. You know those big chlorine tablets sold in plastic buckets for chlorinating swimming pools? Well, somebody said prolonged direct exposure to those can corrode an H1 steel blade. My knife cost around $60 (IIRC) years ago, and I'm not curious enough to try it.

    3.) My old Sherwood Avid BCD right pocket had a small outer pocket that fit it nicely; for my newer BP/W setup I bought a Dive Rite thigh pocket, and the top has a zippered pocket that fits it okay. I have a Trilobyte on my chest webbing.

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    I've had a couple of those ~$40 'stainless steel' dive knives, and they rusted badly with much less salt water exposure. The big question is, since cost is similar and rust-proofness a pro. for both, how does an H1 steel knife compare to a titanium knife, all other things being equal? I've never tracked down a definitive, convincing account answer that.
     

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