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Rust-proof knife

Q. When I was packing for summer camp, I had a hard time choosing the pocketknife to take. Almost all my knifes have wooden handles, and if they get wet, they rot and the blades rust. And the knife I took did rust. Can you tell me of a good rust-proof knife?
– Rusty Rich, Coldspring, Tex.

A. I used to think there was no such thing as a rust-proof knife until I found the Spyderco Salt 1 ($95, about five or six years ago. This thing is amazing. I live by the ocean and spend lots of time in and around the water — and my knife always comes along. I’ve also taken it on countless paddling trips on whitewater rivers. And it is still completely rust-free! The knife is made with a Japanese steel called H-1, which includes carbon instead of nitrogen so it won’t react with chlorine and won’t rust. The handle is made of a durable and lightweight fiberglass-reinforced nylon so it wont rot and is easy to hold onto when wet. Also


Comments about “Rust-proof knife”

  1. iowa knife making says:

    just put rust proofing on the blade

  2. D says:

    Actually, the H-1 steel has nitrogen instead of carbon, not carbon instead of nitrogen. Other steals have carbon.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Actually h-1steel is scientifically proved not to rust so it can’t rust and it sells for about 59$

  4. Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

    this knife is made of H1 steel which will never rust. However it is hard to sharpen.

    • Topps lover says:

      whys it hard to sharpen?

      • Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

        The mixture of steel that they used makes it a very hard steel which also makes it hard to sharpen.

    • zzzzzz says:

      Actually, Spyderco’s H-1 steel has a HRC of 58 which would actually be considered a softer steel. Harder steels are usually upwards anywhere from 60-65 HRC. Granted, the serrations on this knife would make it harder to sharpen, but that has nothing to do with the steel.

      • Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

        According to my blade charts, the sharpabilty of H1 is low… just be ahead of ceramic. So actually you are mistaken.

  5. Chad 101 says:

    Gerber LMF II will work for any type of Heavy Duty use!

  6. KnifeFanatic says:

    Along with Spyderco series of knives I also have to mention the Benchmade Griptilian H20 which is Rust Proof and has an Orange handle to make it easier to find and has an AXIS lock.

  7. bigb says:

    it also depends on the material its made out of thats probably made out of stainless steel

  8. bigb says:

    it has to do with how you care for it

  9. The Expert says:


  10. hawkeye says:

    SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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