The Spyderco NATIVE 5 is one of the latest offerings from Spyderco in their NATIVE line. Spyderco, based in Golden, CO/USA, has specialised in producing high quality production knives and knife sharpeners for over three decades. The Native 5 is offered in a few different models, with the differences being the handle material and blade styles.
Having reviewed Spyderco’s knifes before, I expected the NATIVE 5 to not disappoint. While it is not perfect, it is a solid knife.
With a blade length just a little over 3in, and an overall length of 7in open and 4in closed, the NATIVE 5 falls into the medium size arena. This knife has a very good blade to handle ratio, and it just feels perfect in my hand.
There are several blade variations: Fully serrated, partially serrated, and plain edged. You can also find models with black oxide coated blades, and uncoated blades. The coating will help to prevent rust and surface corrosions. The blade is made from S35VN steel, which is able to take a razor sharp edge, and maintain it through lots of cutting and slicing, and the flat grind aids in slicing.
The only downside to this steel, is the fact that it is much harder to sharpen, compared to most other steels, a compromise I am willing to make to have S35VN steel, which is graded as a premium knife steel.
There are two models of the Spyderco NATIVE 5, in regards to handle material, either G10 scales, or FRN scales, both utilising a very strong back lock to secure the blade in the open position, alongside a four way pocket clip design, allowing one to carry the knife tip up or tip down, right or left handed.
The signature feature of Spyderco is the SpyderHole opening mechanism, the large thumb hole in the spine of the blade, which may cause it to appear somewhat unusual but, serving to make the blade significantly easier to open with one hand.
Overall, the Spyderco NATIVE 5 is a very solid, well-built knife.
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