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Rusty Salt 1

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by OrangeBlueOrangeBlue, Aug 30, 2019.

  1. While helping my dad get his boat squared away for the looming hurricane, I found the Spyderco Salt 1 I got him as a boat knife about 15 years ago (it has “Salt 1” on the blade rather than the later H1 logo).

    Unfortunately, years of sitting on the boat in salty air (right off the Intracoastal) have resulted in some serious corrosion of the lockbar, which is so bad it’s discoloring the FRN. It also looks like the spring is corroded. The blade, pins, and clip are basically perfect.

    If it was screw construction like my Dragonfly Salt, I’d just take it apart and clean it up, but since it’s pinned, I don’t have any way of reassembling. Is it possible to convert to screws?
  2. bearfacedkiller


    Jan 23, 2014
    I do not believe that corrosion is normally covered under warranty but seeing as how that is a salt knife I would guess that Spyderco would repair or replace it. Might be worth emailing W&R.
  3. yablanowitz


    Apr 14, 2006
    Send it to Spyderco and let them see it. Chances are they'll either repair it or replace it with a new one, but they will want to see it.
  4. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    If it were me, I’d soak the thing in WD-40, put it in a ziplock bag for a week or two, then scrub the everloving crap out of it with a toothbrush and see how it looked.

    If that doesn’t work, you can always send it in.
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  5. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    This is one of the downsides of some of the older salt knives as the other parts of the knife aren't the same rust-free material, though still highly stain resistant steel. This is where the new waterway is a really nice design as there are no rustable parts. I think the LC200N knives are that way as well, the native 5 and Caribbeans, but don't quote me on that.

    I would think that spderco could repair it even if it isn't covered under warranty. May not be worth the cost in shipping over just getting a new one and repairing what you have. I think Antdog's recommendation is pretty good. Maybe hitting it with some vinegar first wouldn't be bad to help desolve the buildup. Muriatic acid would be a really quick way to take the corrosion off but that's harsh stuff that you need to be careful with. We have used it at work for cleaning up stainless food contact machinery when they eventually get a little oxidation, often where different metals types join together (especially aluminum against steel).
  6. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    Instead of WD-40 use BreakFree CLP which is a multi-purpose product. We first used it on M-16's many years ago. It is a commercial version of a military spec product, widely available at most gun shops and sporting goods stores. It C-leans, L-ubricates, and P-revents corrosion and is affordable. That Salt would have been fine if someone had given it a couple of squirts, wipes many years ago. Many firearms collectors use it on expensive rifles and shotguns and it is popular with hunters who are taking their knives and arms into the toolies.
    jkwithawave, nephron and DocT like this.
  7. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Boeshield is nice for stuff like this too. Boeing developed it to keep sensitive aviation parts from corroding near salt water and folks started using on boats to protect gear and hardware.
  8. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    I’d soak it in Break Free or WD-40, clean it up and then evaluate. If that does not work, send it back to Spyderco.
  9. cabfrank


    Jun 21, 2010
    15 years is a long time. I'm not sure what I would expect after all that time. Spyderco stands behind their products like few other companies though, with a lot of integrity, so if it is reasonable, maybe they will take care of you somehow. They would probably like to see it either way. Stay safe throughout the hurricane.
  10. Mikel_24


    Sep 19, 2007
    Could you post a few pictures here to see what it looks like?

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  11. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    Yeah, I'd love to see some pics, mainly out of curiousity.
  12. archieblue

    archieblue Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2001
  13. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Definitely would be amazing to see some pics.
  14. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    I’ll mention that a Delica I have used for years in an ocean environment rusted up quite a bit too, which I expected.

    I had to change the liners and sand the lockbar quite a bit, but the VG10 polished up each time just fine.

    What was interesting was how the FRN weathered. It is more fibrous feeling and faded. Still functional though.
  15. uxo2

    uxo2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    Waiting for pics
  16. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    The first post in this thread is the only post in the Spyderco subforum the OP has ever made. I'm not expecting him back anytime soon.
    uxo2 likes this.
  17. StuntDouble


    Apr 26, 2004
    I'm not surprised. I just disassembled my wharncliffe Salt 2, and noticed there was some corrosion coming from the lockbar or the lockbar pivot. It cleaned off easily though.

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