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  Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Feb-22-13 10:00 PM (EST)

Spyderco Salt 1
Spyderco Saver Salt
Spyderco Atlantic Salt
Spyderco Pacific Salt
Spyderco Tasman Salt
Spyderco Ladybug Hawkbill Salt
Benchmade H20 Griptilian

All the Spyderco's open with the Spydie Hole, but the holes on the Salt 1 and Saver Salt (and maybe the Atl and Pac) are extra large to work with gloves.

The Benchmade has the patented axis lock, which can be thumb-stud-flicked or gravity-flicked open.

Myself, I don't use rescue knives for paddling with corrosion resistant H1 (Spyderco) or N680 (Benchmade) steels, because I like other steels better for general use. I have never had a rusting problem, but I don't paddle regularly or live near salt water. If you do, all the models I've listed above are made with those salt water resistant steels.

The other decision you must make with any of these knives is whether to get them in their serrated or plain edge models. That's a much debated issue with all knives. I don't think it much matters for an occasionally used rescue knife. I find a very sharp straight edge can cut rope slightly better than a serrated, but you can saw through things like woody stalks easier with a serrated. Plain edges are much easier to sharpen for most amateurs.

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