C120 Mariner Salt

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The C120 Mariner Salt can be seen as a reissue of the classic C02 Mariner with a H-1 steel blade. The C120 also features a Sheepfoot Blade and a shackle key/drying vent. The fact that it's a reissue is probably the reason for the model beeing a Collectors club Variant

Appearance in catalogs

The C120 Mariner Salt appeared in all annual Spyderco catalogs since 2008 (older, newer).



History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

"Broadening Spyderco’s rust-proof Salt Series Line of knives is the reappearance of the classic all-stainless Mariner Model with an H-1 steel blade. The original Mariner set the bar for stainless handled boating and sailing knives in the 80s and 90s. It had (and still does) a Sheepfoot blade, slim profile and shackle key/drying vent but is now available with a 100% rust-free blade, handle and clip.

Salt Series knives feature blades made from H-1 steel. H-1 is a non-rusting alloy comparable in edge retention to established high carbon knife steels. Notably different, it’s made using nitrogen rather than carbon. Carbon creates hardness, thus sharpness, but is also the instigator in generating rust when it reacts to chloride. Substituting nitrogen for carbon makes steel harder and edge retentive but nitrogen doesn’t react with chloride- so rust never even starts.

Mariner Salt's Sheepfoot blade is round tipped for cutting in proximity of inflatable watercraft, people and in emergencies where a pointed tip can penetrate or puncture accidentally. Its edge is flat-saber-ground for cutting excellence both in and out of water. The 12mm Spyderco Round Hole eases opening/closing the blade even with gloved, cold or wet hands. Handle drying vent/shackle key lets moisture escape. Ambidextrous tip-up pocket clip and a lanyard hole for an array of carry possibilities."[1]


The C120 is made in Seki-City, Japan and has

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C120S Stainless Steel SE H-1 2008- 219.95$ (2009) N/A Hollow Titanium 3-screw? RH, TD/TU Variant
C120P Stainless Steel PE H-1 2008- ? Japan only model? Not listed in catalog, but listed on Japanese makers site.[2] N/A Hollow Titanium 3-screw? RH, TD/TU N/A

In the 2008 catalog and the Spyderco web catalog a C120 with TD-only carry position is shown. The production model featured TD/TU from the start (?).

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C120

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C120 Mariner Salt

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
214mm 121mm 95mm 87mm 12mm 3mm 138g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C120 Mariner Salt

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
8 7/16" 4 3/4" 3 3/4" 3 7/16" 1/2" 1/8" 4.9oz


  1. The C120 Mariner Salt in Spyderco's online catalog
  2. Found here


See also the "Some shots of my new C120S Mariner SALT..." thread on the Spyderco forums.