Spyderco: Waterway Fixed Blade - Textured G-10 - LC200N Stainless - FB43GP
Waterway designer Lance Clinton is a lifelong knife enthusiast and professional kayak fisherman who has spent literally thousands of hours on the water, making his knowledge of hard-use marine knives unparalleled. Clinton’s vision for the Waterway was to create an ultra-corrosion-resistant knife that would excel at fishing tasks while remaining well suited to general utility and outdoor use.
The Waterway’s blade is crafted from LC200N—a state-of-the-art high-nitrogen alloyed tool steel specifically formulated to offer superior corrosion resistance and extreme toughness, even at high levels of hardness. To maximize its strength and balance, the Waterway’s PlainEdge™ blade features a full tang. It is flanked on both sides by solid G-10 scales that are meticulously 3-D machined to create a non-slip diamond pattern. The scales are attached by a specialized process involving blind pins and a high-strength industrial adhesive, ensuring a permanent, water-tight bond.
To allow convenient carry and keep the Waterway instantly accessible, it comes complete with a custom-molded Boltaron® sheath with a versatile G-Clip™ attachment. The snap-fit sheath retains the knife securely, while allowing a smooth, easy draw, and the G-Clip can be configured to provide a full range of carry positions.
There is so much to like about this knife. First, the sheath holds the knife securely whether on a rocking boat or upside down for tactical carry. With one hand the knife can be ejected from the sheath, if carried inside a purse for women. There is a pronounced finger guard as well, but no jimping. G10 scale makes the knife easy to handle securely even when wet.
The steel is LC200N, which is simply fantastic for corrosion resistance. The sharp point of the 4.4" blade, light weight of the knife, and thin bevel make this an excellent choice for fileting around salt water. While it is not as long, thin, or limber as many filet knifes, it still handles very well for this task. The thicker spine gives more support to the knife also, especially for bigger fish. I have deboned several chickens and one turkey. The steel gets very sharp, quite easily. I think the knife would work well for gutting deer, but I do not think I would use it for skinning. I'm not sure how the steel holds up against bones with the thin blade.
This is my favorite knife of 2019.