Many of us know and live by the old saying… “Never go anywhere without a knife.” The knife is one of man’s oldest tools, and to this day, one of the most useful.
Great tools are force amplifiers.
For example, your body just doesn’t cut well on its own.
A knife allows your body to cut well.
Just like a car allows your body to reach faraway locations quickly and efficiently, a gun allows you to provide effective defense of self and others, and so on.
Spyderco Pacific Salt… The Early Days
This review is far overdue… but this knife was such an incredible surprise. I originally got one out of curiosity, following a raving review from a friend. I was looking for a reliable but reasonably priced “beater”. Nothing beautiful, rather a damn capable and comfortable tool, at a good price.
But to my surprise, over the course of the past year, the Spyderco Pacific Salt has become the one blade I alway have on me… it’s the one you just grab because it does something truly special: it’s big enough, light enough, thin enough, solid enough, and reasonably priced enough that it’s just a ridiculous no-brainer.
At first, it wasn’t much to look at. It seemed to pale in comparison to the beautiful Spyderco Military, my everyday carry blade for a couple of years now.
And the Pacific Salt is nowhere near as beefy and overbuilt as my go-to utility blade, the Spyderco Resilience.
But that’s not what this knife was designed for.
Where The Pacific Salt Shines…
The incredibly light weight… 2.8oz?!? This is where this knife shines.
For a 4″ blade in a solid package to come in at 2.8 oz is downright magic. Seriously WTF does Spyderco do to make this possible?
Width is a big deal for a carry knife… much as I love my Spyderco Military, this knife is about 30% thinner. That’s a big deal for concealability and comfort.
The scales (the handle of the knife), which are not too easy on the eyes at first glance, are remarkably comfortable and provide positive no-skid grip in dry, wet, muddy, whatever conditions.
In fact it’s even comfortable against skin – I often clip it inside my running shorts, with the scales against skin for hours. Never had a problem, it’s downright comfortable.
Most often for running the Pacific Salt is clipped inside my belly band holster… just clip it inside against the skin around the 4:30 position or 12:30 if you’re not carrying a Glock there lol. (Pro tip: get a Glock 42 – it’s the perfect running buddy).
H1 Steel Can’t Rust – The Pacific Salt Is Rust Proof (Not “Somewhat Stainless”)
Rust resistance is also a big factor that’s often overlooked.
Stainless steel is one of those vague terms used very loosely by manufacturers. It generally refers to some degree of rust resistance… and is almost never an absolute declaration of “this knife WILL NOT rust.”
In contrast, the Pacific salt is made of Spyderco’s proprietary H1 steel that’s completely incapable of rusting. Basically Spyderco created this steel by using Nitrogen instead of Carbon, thus making rust impossible. So after a sweaty run, you rinse it with water, dry it, and you’re good to go.
That’s the reason Spyderco H1 knives are so popular with divers and generally in coastal areas where salt water is prevalent.
Final Thoughts and Recommendations
To my surprise, over the past year, the Pacific Salt has become the one to grab when I only carry one, i.e. running, at the gym, etc. Basically the good-sized blade, very narrow profile, light weight, combined with its solid build is a no-brainer. Rust resistance against sweat is also handy, quick rinse and you’re done.
The Spyderco Pacific Salt a truly excellent knife… an unsung hero of everyday carry.
The blade size and solid build for the very low weight is incredible.
This is one damn solid knife that just works… A knife that’s always there, ready to take whatever punishment or challenge you put in front of it.
I love the Military and almost always carry it, but I always carry the Pacific Salt. These days, I carry the Military when I’m carrying two blades. Quite a change from its original role as the companion serrated blade for the Military.
Do yourself a favor and get a Spyderco Pacific Salt Serrated.
But beware: you’ll eventually buy more than one. For yourself, and as gifts lol. I know I did.