sal wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:26 pm
I'm not convinced that coatings prevent corrosion. I think they do, in some cases, help, but Salt water and sweat can be caustic and find ways to infiltrate. Even humidity near a coast is always trying to eat your knife blade.
Sal, for me the DLC offerings have been a game changer.
I rust pretty much anything. I've rusted my Leatherman Micras real bad. I've rusted phones. I've rusted the hardware on a CTS204P Military within 24 hours.
My first experience with a DLC Spyderco was with a Para 2 DLC. The blade never rusted even though I carried it every summer IWB or in sweaty pockets. My sweat is so corrosive the liners, lock bar, hardware, stop pin were all coated in multiple mm of rust. I could scrape out big gobs of it with a toothpick. The blade never did rust.
So I then looked for a model with coated liners. The Manix XL fit the bill.
The XL DLC is the only Spyderco I have never rusted anywhere, aside from salts.
I have never seen a folding knife be capable of being carried year round with rusting unless its your H1 line. It has been a complete game changer for me.
If you're interested I could send you my Manix XL and Police 4. I don't know if there is anything you could gain from taking a look at them, but if you're interested the offer is there.
I know I'm the only one that feels this strongly about DLC in this context, but looking at the photos in this thread, having a non salt knife remain impervious to corrosion is a pretty big deal in my book. Offering a knife in DLC makes me a lot more likely to purchase a given model due to my experiences.
I know your experience and knowledge on the matter eclipses mine many times over, but for what it's worth, this has been my experience with the DLC models from your company.