My most used Salt is the Native Salt. Out of the box, the action was significantly stiffer than my other Native 5 LWs.. to the point where I considered returning it because "something must be wrong." Pivot adjustments didn't seem to help, so I took the knife apart to see if anything looked out of whack (there didn't seem to be any issues..). Reassembly seemed to help a bit, but the action was still noticeably stiffer than my other Natives. Smooth enough, not gritty.. just really stiff. I remember seeing comments around the forum about stiff actions on the Native Salt and figured that was just how they were.. I resolved to use the knife and hope it broke-in. It did.
I've had that Native in and out of the ocean/lakes, carried it on really sweaty hikes, and used it for landscaping chores.. I've picked chunks of seaweed/lake vegetaion out of it and blown sand, barkmulch, dirt, etc out of the pivot. Anytime I think there's a chance of getting wet or dirty, the Native Salt is my go-to. I haven't really cleaned it at all except to maybe rinse it under freshwater at the end of the day (if I remember) and let it dry out, and I haven't taken it apart since that first time. Through all of this, the action has only improved! I've come to consider my Native Salt as a "work knife".. I don't expect the action to be silky smooth and lightning fast, and it's still not.. but it is definitely good enough as it is.
..well, that escalated quickly..