Spyderco Waterway FB43GP, 4.40 in LC200N Plain Blade, G-10 Handle
Lance Clinton, known as “Surfingringo” on the Spyderco Forums, is a passionate fisherman, watersportsman, and knife enthusiast. Based on his hard-earned experience using knives in and around the water, he designed the WaterWay—a highly capable fixed-blade knife and a proud addition to Spyderco’s Salt Series. Crafted from rustproof LC200N steel, the WaterWay’s blade has a full-flat grind, a distal taper, and an integral lower guard. Its full tang is capped by contoured G-10 scales with a CNCmachined texture pattern that ensures a positive grip, even when wet. Ideal for cleaning fish and a myriad of other chores, the WaterWay comes equipped with a custom-molded foldover-style Boltaron® sheath with a G-Clip mount.
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
|Overall Length (in)||9.47|
|Blade Length (in)||4.40|
|Handle Length (in)||4.63|
|Blade Thickness (in)||0.132|
|Blade Style||Leaf Shape|
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I absolutely love this knife. Although it comes quite sharp, I have used my ceramic and water stones on it. Not difficult to sharpen. Thin blade slices through chicken very well. The short 4.4" blade with drop point is so easy to cut, stab, or slice. It was actually easier to debone a chicken than my Wusthof Gourmet, although the latter is longer and thinner. Besides an excellent paring knife, the obvious use is fileting. Simply the best corrosion for the hardness. The grip is great. The knife is exceeding light. The sheath is simply superb. I carry the knife upside down on my belt. The clip allows me to quick tug the knife out of the sheath or you could even carry it in the sheath in pocket or purse and push sharply with the thumb to release it. I ordered one for my daughter. This steel, overall design, weight, corrosion resistance, and thin sharp blade is remarkable. I have not had a fixed blade that I like or use as much as this one in some time.
The Waterway is lightweight with a thin 4.4" blade. This is excellent size for skinning small game or as a filet knife. I love the handle with its excellent grip, finger groove, and guard. This knife does not have a choil, which is my preference. The steel (LC200N) has fair edge retention and has been fairly easy to sharpen, although it comes quite sharp already. (A knife will not have both ease of sharpening and edge retention). The steel is great at corrosion resistance (15% Chromium), maybe the best in production. H1 may slightly beat it out, but it leaves much to be desired in edge retention.
So for use around salt water or corrosives. it is an excellent choice. For kitchen use, this knife work be a good choice as well. While it is a bit short for some people's preference and is thicker than my Wustof Gourmet knife, it is extremely sharp and still quite thin.
The sheath works well. This is not always the case with good knives. A belt foldover clip secures firmly, and the knife releases from the sheath with a firm tug. I wish my ESEE 6 released this well. I am very impressed with this lightweight, sharp knife. It is not bushcraft. This is a skinning, cutting, fileting knife that carries well in its sheath.