Help picking out an assisted opening knife


March 24, 2013, 01:28 PM
I work up on boats in Juneau Alaska and I cannot for the life of me find my old CRKT Ignitor blade i used to use.

I was wondering if you guys knew of one that was comperable or better than that particular knife. The clip fell off it pretty quickly, but thats more my fault than anything.

Prerequisites are...

Serrated edge is a must
One hand opening
50$ or under because i could lose it in the ocean and dont want to have to jump in after something :P

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March 24, 2013, 01:53 PM

Not an assisted opener. And not in your $50 price range.
But it would be hard to come up with a better knife for working around rope on a saltwater ship then one of the Spyderco Salts.


Lee D
March 24, 2013, 01:53 PM
have ya looked at the Kershaws?

March 24, 2013, 02:46 PM
Some ideas:

Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Covert
Long serrated section, good grippy handle

Meyerco Maxx-Q
Serrations in concave blade section (good for sawing things like lines). Teeth are a little aggressive but that depends what you want to cut. Comes in plain or black than the Maxx-Q

Smith & Wesson First Response Rescue
Also concave serrated section, but with different tooth style.

March 25, 2013, 08:34 AM
You won't do better than the Salt series by spyderco. If 50 is a hard limit look on Ebay for deals. They are outstanding, one handed opening and closing, will never rust, great heat treat, easy to sharpen, and yellow means they're easy to find.

You want SE, so that's settled. Do you want a more traditional drop point, or do you want a hawkbill?

March 25, 2013, 12:09 PM
Smith and Wesson M&P for 35 bucks. I am on my 4th one after losing 2 and the third having too much wear and tear to be useful. Great little knife for daily use that doesn't break the bank.

March 25, 2013, 08:24 PM
For saltwater I do agree that the Tasman and Saver Salt are great options in non-assist folders. They require less far less care to stay sharp and rust free. I have used corrosion resistant folders in salt water environments with dedicated rinsing and oiling, but they didn't live day after day for weeks in that environment.

I especially can't advise an assisted opener around salt water. The springs typically won't tolerate the salt corrosion and the are likely to fail early. If you do insist on an assisted opener you need to rinse in fresh water to flush any salt out and you need to keep all the internals protected pretty religiously.

March 25, 2013, 10:20 PM
Aha, it said AO in the title. I was wondering where AO came from.

As usual hso is speaking the truth about the issue. I find the spyderhole more robust than any AO I've owned or played with at any rate... But if you want to take hso's advice to avoid AO, and want something even easier to access, just go with a good fixed blade. Cold steel has some serrated offerings in stainless or if you can find the spyderco aqua salt it's optimal for your needs.

March 26, 2013, 02:51 AM
Working in the tourism industry makes having it fit in a pocket with a clip a necessity. Tourists get a little on edge when you have a knife strapped to your leg :P

I ended up getting a yellow spiderco on ebay for 30$ thats used. I will see how that does. Thank you all for your advice! I appreciate it. Im not the hugest fan of its aesthetics but if its not pretty but gets the job done its just like me :neener:

March 26, 2013, 04:12 PM
Which Spydie did you get?

Just keep it well rinsed and hit it with something like Ren Wax and it should stay happy.

March 27, 2013, 12:59 AM
Its called the Salt. Its got the serrated edge and blunt tip

March 27, 2013, 01:09 AM
SOG Trident from Wally World

March 27, 2013, 08:18 AM
Spydercos are great knives. I like mine. You'll be happy with it.

For future reference, i like my SOG Trident tanto as well and for around $100 i like Zero Tolerance. ZTs are a little big, but very nice. There are some new kershaws out. I would like to see those.

Lee D
March 28, 2013, 11:25 AM
good choice on the Salt. ;)

March 29, 2013, 10:27 AM
I like the Salt series too. OMG... another knife to buy. :D

March 30, 2013, 09:01 PM
Sog Aegis is nice and sharp.

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