This Native 5 model has a lightweight teal FRN handle and a full-flat ground CPM-S90V steel blade. S90V is a complex steel that offers unprecedented toughness and edge retention.
The Native 5 features a patterned FRN handle with two separate finger choils. The first choil, where the blade and handle meet, allow positioning the index finger closer to the knife's sharpened edge for control over the cutting surface. Behind the first choil, the second positions the hand farther back on the folder for dexterous cutting while pushing the blade away from you. Bi-Directional Texturing molded into the handle form varying levels of steps minimizing forward or backward sliding. A 4-way reversible pocket clip for ambidextrous carry completes the solid EDC design.
Great fit and finish. Nice comfortable wide back lock. Sharp. Cool color. Sturdy. Light. Comfortable grip. Satisfying fidget knife. Pleasing profile In the old days I toured Spyderco and they were doing strength tests on the lock of the Native. They took a lot of time refining this knife. Pure Spyderco. Golden, Colorado U.S.A. Earth.
I have 6 other Natives. I love the design. There are a multitude of written and video reviews about how great this design is. This particular model gives you a nice splash of color and the greatly improved edge retention of S90v steel. At this moment, it is only slightly more expensive than the S30v and S35vn models, but cheaper than S110v an Maxamet, so it fits in exactly where it should. Now, I confess that most of my knives are glorified letter openers, but occasionally I get out and do some harder work. When I do, I trust that this steel will hold its edge with ease. For now, I like it for its color, and the knowledge that it will out perform my other knives if called into service.
Standard spyderco quality on this one, though the teal blue is bit brighter than depicted on mine, closer to a baby blue colour. The whole knife is tightly put together, although the lock on the back is still stiff after using blue lube. I daily carry knives for work, requiring opening boxes a lot during the day. FRN scales are gonna wear in over time, so thats fine and I can always die with some red to get a purple output. The blade grind turned out good, and it felt nice to cut with out the box. All in all a nice knife and for someone who was looking for s90v it was a good addition to my collection.
I love the Native 5. It's a great EDC knife, especially in this lightweight version. The teal isn't as vibrant as the picture, but it's still a great color. And S90V for ~$123 is an absolute bargain.