Friday, August 21, 2009

The knife of a "rambunctious hardworking sailor"

A knife is an essential piece of kit for a seakayaker. A decent Rescue knife is pricey. There are cheaper ones, but there is a lot of crap on the market. I can tell with experience - I owned lots of cheap knives: knives that fell apart, lost sharpness, rusted, ruined other gear because of sharp edges and cut in my fingers several times.... Finally I decided to invest in a solid, robust and reliable one. I went to the outdoor shop for advice and left the shop with the Syderco Rescue knife. It fits perfect in the hidden pocket of the Kokatat Msfit Pdf. Since a year I am very happy with it. It was worth the money. Should have done this before.

But I could have done even better: it's a pity that the guys at the outdoor shop didn't tell me that there is also a salt-water-version of the Spiderco Rescue knife. H1-steel will not rust. Most stainless steel does corrode in salty conditions. So I should not forget to rinse my (standard rescue-)knife in fresh water every time....

Spyderco promotion text:
It's been speculated the sheepfoot shaped blade originated with mariners who found the rounded tip especially beneficial when the knife was accidentally dropped (think working on a ship in pitching seas) as it couldn't stab the foot when hitting the deck. It's also been hypothesized that commanding officers on these ships preferred rambunctious hardworking sailors carry knives without pointed tips, especially while in port blowing off steam after months at sea.
Spyderco's Rescue knives are long favored by seafarers and the design has since been embraced by rescue workers, EMT's and ranchers-anyone cutting around flesh in an emergency. Now available in a rustproof version, the Atlantic Salt is a modified Rescue made with state of the art non-rusting H1 steel. H1 is a precipitation-hardened steel containing nitrogen instead of carbon, which cannot rust. The hollow-ground blade is available PlainEdged or SpyderEdged with both configurations offering remarkable cutting performance in and around fresh and saltwater. Textured with a Volcano Grip pattern, the molded fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN) handle comes in black or visible marine yellow equipped with a reversible titanium pocket clip for right or left- handed use. We recommend threading a thong or lanyard cord through the lanyard hole for back-up retention around water, where once dropped, a knife is often irretrievable or lost.

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