Don't know about the different coatings/finishes. They're probably the same. I've got the black one (think they were sold out of the yellow at the time).
I use it in salt water, Pacific Ocean. Curious, I don't remember the titanium for salt water option mentioned when I bought it.
Mine rusts easily, but it doesn't spread, so it's not going to disintegrate.
It's easy to sharpen, seems to keep the edge.
I leave it attached to my PFD, hose it off after weekly paddles, don't do any other maintenance. Sharpen it once a year or so.
I don't maintain it as much as I should but I can count on it to do what it's supposed to do. (There's no tetanus risk from the rust)
Ideally I would sharpen it, then coat it with wax--or I should've got the titanium one.
The plastic parts, handle, mounting bracket are all bulletproof. I attached it to my PFD with plastic cable ties.
The bracket works good, it is one handed which is essential. It's never once popped out by accident.
I like the blunt screwdriver tip. In a kayak on the water a sharp point is more of a hazard than a help.
If you need a knife to cut lines in an emergency, get the hook knife. That'll hook the line or strap and then you just pull to cut. It'll also be safer if you jumbled and tangled. Firefighters and EMTs have these for seat belts.
I once used it to pry open a GPS to change batteries, calm day, flat seas. Little slip and cut myself. So if you need a screwdriver and a knife, get one of each, unless you're only going to pry or screw on the beach.
Be safe, see you on the water.
Answered on 5/11/2013 by Anonymous