Spyderco Native 5 Lightweight Lockback Knife FRN (3" Satin) C41PBK5

MSRP: $144.95
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  • Overall Length:6.875"
  • Blade Length:3.00"
  • Cutting Edge:2.44"
  • Blade Thickness:0.13"
  • Blade Material:CPM-S30V
  • Blade Style:Drop Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.00"
  • Handle Thickness:0.43"
  • Handle Material:FRN
  • Color:Black
  • Weight:2.45 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Down, Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type:Lockback
  • Brand:Spyderco
  • Model:Native
  • Model Number:C41PBK5
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife


This Native 5 has a lightweight black FRN handle and a full-flat ground S30V steel blade. The handle on the Native is patterned 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 FRN handle form varying levels of steps minimizing forward or backward sliding. 4-way reversible pocket clip for ambidextrous carry.


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Good Little Knife
Robert M.
It's a slick little blade. Good HANDLE feel. The ONLY flaw is if you're push cutting through something, the finger groove on the blade catches, but it's not that big of a deal.
David A.
Be aware of the fact that Spyderco is moving this knife to S30V steel according to the March 2018 Byte news bulletin. Ask for S35VN steel while supplies last if you want it but there is not much difference in the steels according to Spyderco. The knife in either steel is a very robust and lightweight affair. Very happy with BladeHQ’s return service and friendliness on the phone.
Simple but amazing
Isaac R.
Such a simple idea but it is executed flawlessly with the great ergonomics and functionality. Pretty good steel.
Great folder with years of use!
Kevan P.
I have carried my Native for years and it always held an edge even in hard use. EDC to my USMC days all the way up to when I broke the tip during misuse. It would still be in my EDC rotation if I had the blade repaired.
First Spydie
Dylan D.
The Native 5 LW was my first Spyderco Purchase, and will certainly not be my last (already eye-balling a manix 2…). The knife was flawless out of the box, with superb fit and finish and a razor-sharp blade. The 3 inch flat ground blade is perfect for a variety of EDC tasks, from food prep to breaking down cardboard boxes. The s35vn blade steel also makes for a great EDC knife, as it holds its edge very well and can be resharpened easily with the right methods and materials. Although I tend to shy away from knives with fiberglass reinforced nylon or plastic handles, the handle on the Native 5 felt surprisingly solid. The bi-directional texturing offers a secure grip when removing the knife from the pocket and during use. Using the forward finger choil, the knife fits perfectly in my medium sized hands. At 2.45 oz, the knife carries extremely lightly, and you almost forget its there. The action was a little stiff at first, but has improved with regular cycling and a little bit of lubrication. A very good first experience with the brand.
Fantastic Knife
Ryan W.
Without a doubt, this is one of preeminent EDC's out there. Strong lock, great ergonomics, great steel and lightweight. There are simply just too many good things to say about it. Plus if your into taking your knives apart, this is one of the most simple ones to work with. I honestly can't think of a negative thing to say about the Native. At some point I plan on putting some micarta scales on mine. Don't hesitate to buy this guy. If I really had only one choice to carry a knife the Spyderco Native would be it.
My knife
Ryan J.
I have carried a Spyderco, one gen or another, for the last 7 years. It is a great EDC knife. It's not scary, big enough for most tasks and it's a great deal for s35vn. I would recommend it to a friend, or a stranger.
Perfect Pocket Pal
Grady W.
What a knife. This thing is my go to knife out of the dozens that I own. Super lightweight, great steel, perfect jimping, amazing ergonomics, awesome choil, and a low price.

It doesn’t get better than this.

I will say that spuderco’s approach to the lightweight model isn’t for everyone. There are no liners, which is completely fine as the knife is plenty rigid. And there are no washers, bearings or anything of the sort. The blade glides on raised portions of the frn. The action is surprisingly smooth considering this, but it’ll never be a silky smooth knife, which shouldn’t be expected from a back lock anyway!

11/10 buy it now!
1st Spyderco
Martin H.
I usually change knives every 3 or 4 months cuz I like to, and I thought I would try a Spyderco. Sharp right out of the box and it stayed sharp! Sadly, I lost this one, something grabbed the clip and it fell out of my pocket. Rest assured, I'll be getting another USA made Spyderco!
Favorite in EDC rotation
William L.
Love this knife. There is a reason I ordered another within hours of losing the first one on a hike. Razor sharp is easily reached, and holds it like a pair of vice-grips.
Favorite EDC
Seth B.
I've had the lightweight for about 6 months now. And I have to say it has become my favorite EDC blade. Came Razor sharp and stayed razor sharp for a good while. The S35VN steel does take time to resharpen back to razor sharpness. But it is not to difficult with the right sharpener. I find myself carrying it more than my Griptillian, paramilitary 2, and kershaw skyline. You dont even notice it in pocket and the Ergos in hand feel great. I highly recommend picking this knife up. It is just one heck of a blade.
Very nice EDC knife
Robert L.
First of all, I'm left handed and carry my EDC knives in my left pocket, so some of my review won't apply to everyone. I carried a Kershaw Camber for several months and really wanted to like it. It's a great knife in most respects. However, the tip-up-only carry and essentially non-reversible pocket clip really made it difficult to safely carry left handed. After several holes in my pocket and a pretty good cut on my hand, it was time for something else.

I picked up a Spyderco Native-5 lightweight a few weeks ago and have been really happy with it. I prefer EDC knives in the 3" blade length range. I have larger hands and have no issues with the smaller handle whether using the finger choil on the blade or not. Blade shape is good. Deployment has more friction than other Spydercos I own, but I don't usually flick blades open anyway. It has a very solid looking lock. I like the CPM-s35vn steel so far. Sharpening has never really been an issue for me (I use diamond stones and 1200 and 2000 grit sandpaper), but it's significantly easier to reprofile the s35vn than s30v or ZDP-189. I carried a Delica for a long time, but didn't really like the relative lack of edge holding of the VG-10. Typical use for me is deburring or shaping wood, cutting glue off wood, food prep, and infrequent box cutting.