Combative Edge SALUS

Published: December 30th, 2011 by The Edge Observer 2

The SALUS is a robust full tang knife built around a 5mm (approx 3/16″) piece of Bohler N690co steel. N690co is a premium Austrian made stainless that has excellent edge retention, corrosion resistance and toughness. It can be found in many mid-range to higher end blades manufactured in Italy and is commonly utilized in hard-use knives. As a reliable performer, N690co has been the default steel for many European producers such as Fox Cutlery, who manufactures this knife.

SALUS by Combative Edge

At 5 7/8″ inches long, the SALUS’ blade has a modified American style tanto profile. Two distinct angles produce the sabre ground edge and tip, while a swedge augments the penetrating power of the clipped point. The over-all shape is very aggressive in appearance and its charcoal DLC finish seals the blades tactical aesthetic. The sum of the geometry provides a lean but ample point and a 4″ long edge for slash cuts and utility tasks. The blade is very similar to the SR11, a folder also designed by Combative Edge.

The SALUS’ handle serves to extend the utility of the knife very well. Double finger grooves are answered by a heavily jimped, double thumb ramp that allows the user to either have an extended reach, or finer control. The scales are thick contoured G10 with a deep diamond texture. A slight curve on the inside of the handle rounds out the outstanding ergonomics. The pommel is extended past the scales making it suitable as an impact tool or weapon. A hole drilled through the ridge of the thumb ramps and pommel offer lashing/lanyard options. The knife comes with a loop wrist lanyard.

The carry system for the SALUS is equally impressive. The sheath is made from two pieces of kydex and assembled with eyelets. Vacuum moulding gives the casing excellent retention and a crisp, finished appearance. Jimping on the sheath’s shoulder provides added control when drawing the blade. Slots in the kydex allow it to be attached to the suppled thigh rig with velcro strapping. The rig is constructed from rigid, plastic backed nylon. Its belt loop is extended and terminates at the opposite end allowing the cradle to be snapped onto MOLLE compatible gear. A double snap for the handle backs up the kydex retention. Two sizes of rubberized straps are supplied as well as a set of Blade Tech MOLLE locks, providing great versatility.

Combative Edge Thigh Rig

The SALUS is a complete, aesthetically appealing package. The blade, ergonomics and carry system work in concert, providing a useful, versatile, professional grade tool. This is further backed by the excellent materials used and exemplary fit and finish. While well suited for professional applications, the unique design and limited numbers will also appeal to collectors.

Clipped Point TantoRetentionCombative Edge SALUS with sheathSheath ConstructionSALUS in hand

Pros

Excellent Fit and Finish
Above average ergonomics

Cons

Limited Availability

Specs

Total Dimensions and weight :

Length 10 7/8″ (27.6 cm):
weight 10.8 Oz (306 g) 1.2 lbs (544 g) with sheath

Blade :

Blade Length 5 7/8″″ (149 mm)
blade steel : Bohler N690co 58-60 HRc
blade thickness .197″ (4 mm)
cutting edge 5″ (127 mm)
Black DLC coating

Handle :

G10
Full Tang

Sheath


Kydex Sheath with Nylon thigh rig

Includes Pair of Blade Tech MOLLE locks
MOLLE compatible

Made in Italy

2 Responses

  1. DanNo Gravatar says:

    Having owned one of these myself I couldn’t agree more with your excellent review. This struck me as an incredibly well thought out and beautifully executed knife. Rob really understands the details that turns a good fixed blade into a great one and I feel very fortunate to have gotten my hands on one as I believe only 50 were made.

    • The Edge ObserverNo Gravatar says:

      Awesome knife for sure. Certainly one of my top five that I’ve held on to this year and one of the few I could recommend with full confidence. Although I’d like to keep it pristine, I’m looking forward to beating the hell out of it when the weather permits…..

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