So I finally broke down and got an atlantic salt. Actually I got 2 but one is going to a buddy who is a boat captain in Costa Rica. I was never really into the blade shape but I am a big fan of finger choils so I figured it was worth a shot. My first two impressions were "man, I love the handle on this thing" and "man I hate the blade shape".
I have nothing bad to say about the blunt tip "rescue" models and I totally get why they exist; they just don't work for me in my most common tasks. So I cranked up the bench grinder this morning and ground it down to my liking then finished it up on a belt sander. I also converted the first 3/8" at the tip to plain edge.
Honestly, I believe these knives would be more functional if they had a bit of pe at the tip like the pacific salt does. I think that would make them more functional regardless of whether you like the stock tip or something more pointy. I often use that bit of pe at the tip when I am cutting bait or other things on a flat surface. I like serrations but I don't always want the very tip to grab and snag. Anyway, on to the photos. Here is my modified Atlantic Salt next to my buddies stock model.