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, spyderco.com) 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