The Tasman Salt folder features a Hawkbill blade. This distinctive curved cutting tool has a claw-like tip that originated in the marine/commercial fishing industry. Cutting in and around water involves cutting line, netting and rope and its done quickly, often at arms length while pulling downward or toward you. The blades arcing tip holds what youre cutting against the sharpened edge keeping it from slipping off the tip. Spydercos new rustproof Hawkbill blade is made with state of the art non-rusting H-1 steel. H-1 is a precipitation-hardened steel containing nitrogen instead of carbon, which cannot rust. The hollow-ground blade comes 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 is black and is equipped with a reversible left/right hand titanium pocket clip (also non-rusting) that positions the folder tip-up in the pocket. We recommend threading a thong or cord through the lanyard hole for back-up retention around water, where once dropped, a knife is often lost or irretrievable. This knife has a serrated blade. length overall 6 13/16" (173 mm) blade length 2 15/16" (75 mm) blade steel H-1 length closed 4" (102 mm) cutting edge 2 1/2" (64 mm) weight 2 oz. (57 g) hole diameter 15/32" (12 mm) blade thickness 3/32" (2.5 mm) handle material FRN
All Salt Series Knives have Hollow-ground blades Black or Marine Yellow FRN Volcano Grip handles David Boye Dent Lanyard hole for thong /cord attachment in water Ambidextrous tip-up carry About the H-1 stainless steel in SALT knives: A myth in the knife world is that there exists steel with high-performance cutting abilities that cannot rust. Many non-rusting blade steels make it to the market but they all sacrifi ce edge retention and cutting power. Myth becomes reality with the introduction of H-1 steel. H-1 is a precipitation-hardened alloy with .1% nitrogen that performs like carbon in the steel matrix but wont react to chlorine, making rust. It holds a sharpened edge comparable to premium carbon-based knife steels. Independent testing by Crucible Steel Inc. shows H-1 work-hardens at the cutting edge when processed and sharpened, raising Rc hardness and durability. Simply put, H-1 is ideal for advanced cutting performance in and around fresh and saltwater. Internal knife components are also impervious to rust and pitting.