C91 Pacific Salt

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The C91 Pacific Salt is a larger-sized version of the C88 Salt I knife and was introduced in 2004. The C91 is comparable to the 3rd generation C10 Endura, but features a rounded blade tip, an enlarged Spyderco round hole, usage of non corrosive steel for all steel components, and usage of H-1 for the blade and lock.

Appearance in catalogs

The C91 Pacific Salt appeared in all annual Spyderco catalogs since 2005 (older, newer).

Designer

Spyderco

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C91BK:

"A big myth in the knife world is that out there somewhere is a knife that seriously cuts but cannot rust. Knives claiming these super powers are usually made with steels that are unable to hold a cutting edge for any measurable amount of time. Finally a steel foundry in Japan called Myodo Foundry makes this myth a reality with the introduction of a new steel called H1. H1 steel is a PH steel, meaning it is a precipitation-hardened steel. "Huh" you ask? Utilizing .1% nitrogen instead of carbon to harden the steel, it reaches a Rockwell hardness of 57-58rc. Spyderco uses H1 on its new C91 Pacific Salt model.

It's PlainEdge or SpyderEdge and is similar in shape and size to Spyderco's best-selling Endura model but with a slightly more rounded tip. All internal steel parts are treated as well making them impervious to rust and pitting and of course, salt. Those challenged by cleaning and maintaining their knives will find the Pacific Salt stays rust-free even if put away wet. The blade's hole is enlarged to 14mm for easier opening/closing with gloved, wet or cold hands. Textured in a checkerboard pattern, the black FRN handle has a grippy texture and is fitted with a reversible titanium pocket clip which positions for right-handers and lefties. The addition of a lanyard hole offers a backup method of attachment (thong or lanyard cord) for use around water where once dropped, a knife is often lost or elusively hard to retrieve."[1]

See also: C91YL [2], C91BBK [3].

Variations

The C91 is made in Seki-City, Japan and has

The early C91s have a "Pacific Salt" on the blade, which was later (2007?) changed to "H1".

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C91PBK Black FRN PE H-1 2004-Sept. 2019 $109.95 (2009), $136.00 (2019) Regular production Hollow Black Titanium barrel bolt LH/RH, TU Variant
C91SBK Black FRN SE H-1 2004-Sept. 2019 $109.95 (2009), $136.00 (2019) Regular production Hollow Black Titanium barrel bolt LH/RH, TU Main
C91PYL Yellow FRN PE H-1 2004-Sept. 2019 $109.95 (2009), $136.00 (2019) Regular production Hollow Black Titanium barrel bolt LH/RH, TU Variant
C91SYL Yellow FRN SE H-1 2004-Sept. 2019 $109.95 (2009), $136.00 (2019) Regular production Hollow Black Titanium barrel bolt LH/RH, TU Variant
C91PBBK Black FRN PE H-1 2009-Sept. 2019 $124.95 (2009), $152.00 (2019) black titanium carbonitride coated blade and lockbar Regular production Hollow Black Titanium barrel bolt LH/RH, TU Variant
C91SBBK Black FRN SE H-1 June 2015-Sept. 2019 $139.95 (2015), $152.00 (2019) black titanium carbonitride coated blade and lockbar Regular production Hollow Black Titanium barrel bolt LH/RH, TU Variant

Most collectible variation

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C91 Pacific Salt

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
219mm 125mm 97mm 86mm 14mm 3mm 86g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C91 Pacific Salt

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
8 5/8" 4 15/16" 3 13/16" 3 3/8" 9/16" 1/8" 3oz

References

  1. The C91BK Pacific Salt in Spyderco's online catalog
  2. The C91YL Pacific Salt in Spyderco's online catalog
  3. The C91BBK Pacific Salt Black Blade in Spyderco's online catalog

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