Rock and Aqua Salts

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Postby bluemist » Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:00 pm

love the review, love the pics, but your respect for mother nature is most impressive..

edited: forgot my serial comma
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Postby griff76 » Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:19 pm

Just bumping to remind Clovisc to break out the camera for some more shots (time permitting). Thanks!!
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Postby clovisc » Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:41 pm

okay, okay... i know i've been slacking on providing more pics. hopefully i'll have some up really soon.

as well as some additional pictures of alaska, and an event i put together... an afternoon of raptors at the boys and girls club... :D

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Postby Chucula » Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:16 pm

Thanks for the review!

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here it is...

Postby clovisc » Sat Mar 22, 2008 2:14 am

by popular request... took me a little while to get around to my photo chores... been kinda busy

had to take it inside with my back-up camera... still, should give you a sense of size...

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the clip in between is the tenacious... to give you a sense of scale...

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Postby tea » Sat Mar 22, 2008 5:40 pm

Been doing my best to read up on these. Haven't found a concrete answer-

Are these, the Aqua Salt specifically, full tang?

Clovisc mentions batoning so I am assuming they must be...
A note on the knifecenter presale page lists them as full tang...

truth?

It would be really cool if we could get a picture of the raw blade or an x-rayed knife (like the one of the temperance floating around in the archives)

I really really want an Aqua Salt. Looks like the perfect fixed blade for hiking and the like. Small, light and Spyderco quality :spyder:
Been waiting a long time for something like this.

Thanks,
Travis.

PS- Thanks for the reviews and pictures!

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Postby carrot » Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:30 pm

For some strange reason I was thinking of skipping these two... thanks for setting me straight!
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Postby clovisc » Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:03 am

carrot wrote:For some strange reason I was thinking of skipping these two... thanks for setting me straight!
these two are not to be skipped!!!! :D

as time passes... the aqua salt has become my number one rough weather outdoors knife, and kitchen knife extraordinaire... clips in the top pocket of my chest waders, and is used for everything from cutting bait and line to field-preparing sea cucumbers (they're not fun to carry around...), and whittling wood while passing time.

the rock salt rides along within my parka when i go out into the tongass national forest. i've used it a number of times now while hiking through nowheresville to fishing spots, to free myself / gear from thick brush and dead branches.

it's also fun to use for chopping potatoes... :D

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Postby El Tigre » Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:33 am

tea wrote:Been doing my best to read up on these. Haven't found a concrete answer-

Are these, the Aqua Salt specifically, full tang?

Clovisc mentions batoning so I am assuming they must be...
A note on the knifecenter presale page lists them as full tang...

truth?

It would be really cool if we could get a picture of the raw blade or an x-rayed knife (like the one of the temperance floating around in the archives)

I really really want an Aqua Salt. Looks like the perfect fixed blade for hiking and the like. Small, light and Spyderco quality :spyder:
Been waiting a long time for something like this.

Thanks,
Travis.

PS- Thanks for the reviews and pictures!
You can answer your question using a magnet to verify the long of tang.
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Postby spydutch » Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:53 am

Thank for the great review and pics Jason :cool: :cool:
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Postby tea » Sun Mar 23, 2008 7:41 am

El Tigre wrote:You can answer your question using a magnet to verify the long of tang.
Greetings
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Any one want to send me thiers so I can verify this for myself?
:D

T.

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Postby El Tigre » Sun Mar 23, 2008 10:25 am

jajaja, very funny. :D
If any guy send one sharp gift to me, I do the experiment , I have a powerfull magnet. :D :D :D :D
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Postby clovisc » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:14 am

from what has been said about the knife, aqua salt should be full tang. the tang doesn't peek out the end... but this knife feels as secure as you could possibly want it to.

it's killing me, wondering how the rock salt has so much better edge retention... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! seriously -- this has gotten me rethinking PE H1... i want all my PE H1 knives to perform this well!!!!!!!!!!!

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Postby brainus » Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:21 pm

If you had to choose between the Aqua Salt and the Caspian Salt as your only purchase in the fixed blade line, which would you pick?

My guess: Caspian.

But tell me why, and is the Caspian any good for food prep in your experience?

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Postby griff76 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:39 pm

Thanks for the extra shot Jason! Much appreciated.
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Postby tea » Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:56 pm

Thanks for the reply Clovisc. Really looking forward to this one!

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Postby clovisc » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:49 pm

brainus wrote:If you had to choose between the Aqua Salt and the Caspian Salt as your only purchase in the fixed blade line, which would you pick?

My guess: Caspian.

But tell me why, and is the Caspian any good for food prep in your experience?
hmm... i wouldn't give up either knife, because they were both very special gifts!

but... to play along... it would really depend. the aqua salt is slightly larger, and is better suited to batoning, and use as a camp knife. i like the security of the caspian's sheath... although the sheath of the aqua allows for a much greater range of conventional carry options. i'd also strongly prefer the aqua for food prep.

the caspian is better for lighter EDC carry... and for someone who may have to "multitask" while cutting or holding a knife.

if i HAD to choose only one, i'd choose the caspian. i've got plenty of other, standard fixed blades... not in H1, but still, close enough to the aqua. the caspian's design is more radical, and unlike anything else i own... i'd want to hang onto it!

still, the aqua is a superb knife, and probably the best utility EDC knife in its class. my aqua is PE... i have this feeling i'm probably going to like the SE aqua best of all... (i love serrated H1!!!!)

the slight curve of the caspian has proven quite effective in the kitchen. any more curve, though, and things might be different. i'd rather use the aqua, though... :D

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Postby whitefeather » Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:05 pm

clovisc wrote:hmm... i wouldn't give up either knife, because they were both very special gifts!

but... to play along... it would really depend. the aqua salt is slightly larger, and is better suited to batoning, and use as a camp knife. i like the security of the caspian's sheath... although the sheath of the aqua allows for a much greater range of conventional carry options. i'd also strongly prefer the aqua for food prep.

the caspian is better for lighter EDC carry... and for someone who may have to "multitask" while cutting or holding a knife.

if i HAD to choose only one, i'd choose the caspian. i've got plenty of other, standard fixed blades... not in H1, but still, close enough to the aqua. the caspian's design is more radical, and unlike anything else i own... i'd want to hang onto it!

still, the aqua is a superb knife, and probably the best utility EDC knife in its class. my aqua is PE... i have this feeling i'm probably going to like the SE aqua best of all... (i love serrated H1!!!!)

the slight curve of the caspian has proven quite effective in the kitchen. any more curve, though, and things might be different. i'd rather use the aqua, though... :D
Spoken like a true politician......I'm glad you are enjoying both and am enjoying your reviews

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Postby clovisc » Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:18 pm

whitefeather wrote:Spoken like a true politician......I'm glad you are enjoying both and am enjoying your reviews
a politician, or a knife collector. :D

yea -- three new spyderco H1 fixed blades, all at once... at first, it sounds like overkill, but there's really an extraordinary functional difference between all of these blades.

it's really excrutiatingly difficult for me to point to one and say: "...but this is the one you really need." sure, they each excel at different tasks... but they're pretty difficult to "pin down" into a single niche.

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Postby jaislandboy » Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:26 am

clovisc wrote:....
the slight curve of the caspian has proven quite effective in the kitchen. any more curve, though, and things might be different....
yeah Jason, i noticed that the "pronounced" indexfinger choil (beneath the 1-inch indexfinger hole) would hit the cutting board if the "gentle downsloping" hawkbill curve wasn't present.... so chopping onions (for example) with the plainedge part of the blade is much easier....
not to mention the obvious advantages of a serrated hawkbill with pull/draw cutting tasks ;)
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