Spyderco Shaman Compression Lock Knife Black G-10 (3.6" Stonewash) C229GP

  • Stonewashed premium CPM-S30V steel blade with a plain edge.
  • Ambidextrous thumb hole opener for snappy deployment.
  • Contoured black G-10 handle keeping your knife in hand.
  • Compression Lock for top-notch security during use.
  • Four-position reversible pocket clip.


The Spyderco Shaman is a larger, more capable version of the iconic Native design theme. This model is built with a fully serrated CPM-S30V stainless steel blade. A high saber grind and prominent swedge create excellent edge geometry and a fine-tuned point. Its handle sports ergonomic G-10 scales over skeletonized stainless steel liners to keep the Shaman lightweight and comfortable. Top it off with a high-strength Compression Lock mechanism and a four-position pocket clip, and you have one solid EDC folder from Spyderco.

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Item #BHQ-71268
MSRP: $360.00
Our Price: $252.00
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  • Overall Length: 8.00"
  • Blade Length: 3.58"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.01"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.15"
  • Blade Material: CPM S30V
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Stonewash
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.42"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.53"
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Color: Black
  • Frame/Liner: Steel
  • Weight: 5.20 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Tip-Down
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type: Compression Lock
  • Brand: Spyderco
  • Model: Shaman
  • Model Number: C229GP
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

Grant S. on Jan 20, 2023

Been using and collecting for a long while. Love Spyderco. Been admiring shaman since it came out but was hesitant. Like most the price was what kept me from a impulse buy. Not because it's too expensive but in recent years I always ask myself will you carry it ? Will it just be another pretty collector peice? Its harder to splurge if you're afraid to actually use it in the field. I'm here to say this was not the case. This is the spyder I have been wanting for a long time. Paramilitary size but a nice blade stock and thicker tip. I would askin it to be like the Adamas. But the shaman is far more refined. I was hesitant about the choil protruding the lock but I like it. If you push ur index finger into the notch and add a little wrist movement the blade swings open. I can also front flip the knife no problem. As well as any other way you'd like to open it. Love the stone wash. The clip is excellent and don't feel the need to buy a aftermarket one. I am a chronic buyers remorse type. I had none with this purchase. It was a little stiff at first but a little lube it has come around to perfect in a couple days. Guessing the stone wash just needed to wear down by the detent. Holding the knife you know alot of time, effort and love went into its design. Its a dare I say, knife snobs knife. When you've owned and used lots of blades it takes a little more to make you say ooh this is neat. Thats the shaman for me. Wish i had went for it sooner. As always Blade HQ buying experience was awesome.

JOSE M. on Jan 3, 2023

Easily favorite knife. I'm absolutely in love with it, wouldn't trade it for anything else!! If it was cheaper maybe a lot more people would buy it to see what a gem it truly is. It is just a very handsome blade with heft, and everything about it (at least in my opinion) was designed and built to perfection. I've never had so much fun with a knife!

Love it!
Tyler A. on Nov 2, 2020

I have been eyeing the Shaman for awhile now. Finally pulled the trigger and I couldn’t be happier. Love everything about it. The extra weight makes it feel very tough and solidly built. The scales are contoured perfectly and fit nicely on the hand. No hot spots. Love how thick the blade stock is. Grind comes down to a very sharp edge and has perfect centering. I own many Spyderco’s and I have to say this is my favorite model and will be immediately added to my daily rotation.

Great Knife
Dennis D. on Sep 22, 2020

Fit and finish are out standing, fits the hand very well ergos are outstanding, I experience no hot spots. I was surprised by how well this carried for a big knife-you wont even know its in your pocket.

Very Nice
Leon D. on Sep 14, 2020

I have a PM2 and wanted a more heavy use knife. Expected this one to be heavy in pocket but after carrying it it carries as lite as the PM2. Fit and finish was better than PM2 ever was and great solid knife. Glad I purchased it.

A Great, Big Knife
Mark M. on Sep 14, 2020

Just what you would expect from Spyderco. It’s well made. Fit and finish are great. Ergos are great. The compression lock is like a vault with no play in the blade at all. Of course, the Shaman in a big knife. The blade is tall and wide. The handle fits my medium size hands well. I use all the handle if not using the finger choil. If I use the finger choil I have about an inch of handle sticking outside my palm. Balance is good with all grips. The knife is heavy in the hand but I have not found it to be a challenge to carry in the pocket.

My big bad EDC
Charles H. on Sep 5, 2020

Favorite knife every. Solid and functional. With added fidget factor because of the SpydieFlick, compression lock, and hefty drop shut blade weight.

I mean....
Stephen M. on Aug 30, 2020

It's awesome.

"The shamanator"
Timothy m. on Jul 29, 2020

It's grippity,...flippity,...and down right spyder flickity." That's not a knife, this is a knife." I would buy one if i were you.

New Favorite Knife
rich o. on Jul 28, 2020

If I'm honest, I was a little disappointed when I received this knife. I would expect a Spyderco to be rocking right out of the box. However, mine was was a bit gritty and stiff. I fidgeted with it for a while trying to break it in, but it did not get better. I ended up taking it apart, against the recommendation from Blade HQ, and cleaning and lubing it. Now it is a drop close knife. The fidget factor of this knife rivals my Microtech. This is hands down my favorite knife in my collection. The small amount of work I had to put into it was nothing but a minor inconvenience. I could not be happier with this knife. And I am not usually not a fan on larger knives. While this one is a beast, it carries well and fits the hand like it was made for me. The G10 is silky smooth yet grippy enough. I would recommend the Shaman (or Shaman depending on how you pronounce it) to anyone! I wish I could give it more that 5 stars.

Big knife perfection
Roy H. on Jan 11, 2020

Been wanting this knife for a long time and finally ordered it on New Years Eve before the prices went up and they did. So glad I ordered it, the contoured G10 scales are just so velvety smooth I wish more Spyderco knives had them. It's a big folder with some weight to it when you hold it in your hand but it just disappears in pocket like a smaller knife would probably because of the contoured scales not catching on anything in my pocket. I never really cared for EDC knives this large but I really love this one and have no problems carrying it everyday. I just really hope that Spyderco comes out with more knives using the contoured scales, they are really smooth to touch and feel oh so good in the hand. Love this big knife.

My Perfect Folding Knife
Jakob I. on Nov 1, 2019

The Shaman was my perfect folding knife and had all the features that I wanted. This is a robust knife with a blade that is thicker than usual with the USA made Spyderco knives. The action on the knife took some time to become smoother but when it opens, boy does it snap open with authority. The ergonomics, as I am pretty sure you can see by looking at it, are amazing as it just fits right into your hand and does not feel like it will slip out. The G10 handles are not the rough texture common on the Paramilitary and Manix; it feels more like micarta. Since it is not all rough, it has not torn apart my pockets like the Manix 2 did. The compression lock is nice, the knife slipped out of my hand once upon closing but that was because my hands were numb from zero degree weather. The blade and clip have a stone wash finish and mine have not worn off yet. The edge is sharp which is what I would expect at this price range. It has only dulled a little but I was able to fix it with some strops. Overall, this knife is robust and would be desirable by those looking for a knife that can take on some hard use. This may not be someones EDC since it is considered on the heavier side. However, I carry it as my EDC and have had no problem with its weight. Then again, you may want something more lightweight so take into consideration that this knife is on the bigger side of knife carry.

Tate P. on Oct 30, 2019

Absolutely love the knife. Super thick stock making it amazing for just about anything. You can baton wood, pry and do just about anything else. Comes wicked sharp out of box and overall just a sweet knife

Buy it
Gerald L. on Jun 7, 2019

In the top 3 of all folders I own, built for work.

just buy it
Jacob D. on Apr 24, 2019

First, if you haven't already watch Nick Shabazz's review on this knife. I'm not going to lie, yes there is a few things that bothered me at first but now I've moved on from complaining because this is a damn good knife. my favorite edc followed by the GM ace nimbus. this is fun, strong, looks cool and very ergonomic. just buy the damn thing instead of reading reviews.

My prayers answered
Jared S. on Mar 14, 2019

Okay maybe not prayers. More of a wish. For years I wished Spyderco would produce a compression lock Native. Well a bit like wishing in the movies where you ask for one thing and you get something ALMOST like what you wanted but with a kicker, we got the Shaman. It’s an absolute beast of a knife. Thick blade stock, comfortable handles, buttery smooth drop shut compression lock AND made in Colorado! It’s nearly perfect. Except the size is gigantic for me. I still want a compression lock Native but spyderco really did an excellent job on this Shaman.

Excellent Tool
Andrew O. on Feb 23, 2019

Large, Tough and well built. You will not regret buying this knife! Highly recommended if you need a tool that can work hard.

Derek T. on Feb 22, 2019

The shaman has put a spell on me!

Love this blade!
Sarah H. on Oct 18, 2018

My new favorite spyderco

This knife brought me to Spyderco
Drayton S. on Oct 13, 2018

I was never a fan of Spyderco knives. With the odd camel looking hump on most Spyderco knives, they were just to unusual for me. After this knife came out I saw the great reviews it received and decided to look into it a little further. After a few months I finally decided to pick one up. I can say now, without a doubt, this is my all time favorite knife of all the knives I own. I'm 6' 5" and have large hands. This fits in my hands perfectly and the contoured G10 handles feel amazing. This thing gets the job done and is a tank of a knife and looks gorgeous while doing it. The Spyderco Shaman brought me to love Spyderco.

Jake T. on Oct 12, 2018

This knife is awesome. Great steel. Amazing ergos and a beatiful stonewashed blade and matching hardware. Ive been carrying it everday since I got it a few months ago and its surpases every other knife i own to date. It is heavy at 5ish ounces but it feels like a tank and if it was my last/ only knife I wouldnt be mad at all

Jeff F. on Oct 12, 2018

This is a fantastic knife, razor sharp out of the box, excellent ergos, very nice action. It took a week or two to get the action buttery smooth like it is now, but now that its broken in, its perfect. This is a beast of a tool, lock up is perfect, and i feel confident saying that this is a really hard use knife. I carry it everyday and i use it for everything.

Sunday go to church
Mark M. on Oct 12, 2018

This has to be one of the finest knives I have ever carried. It slips in and out of you suit pants or clips on to you pocket with style. Super sharp and ready to go right out of the box. Thanks Spyderco

The Shaman
Jimmy B. on Oct 12, 2018

I love this knife I carry it every day and use it on everything. Fit and finish is awesome I highly recommend this knife to anyone who wants a dependable work horse.

I love it.
Shannon B. on Oct 12, 2018

I'm a huge Spyderco fan and a serious collector, this has to be the best knife on the market today. It's easy to carry but an absolute tank at the same time. Most people don't realize this knife is also a front flipper. You just roll the gymping at the top of the closed blade.

Favorite Spyderco
Donald O. on Oct 12, 2018

I've been a Spyderco collector for 20 years now, and out of the 60+ that I have, the Shaman is probably my favorite and most used knife. The contoured g10 scales offer great comfort and ergonomics. The compression lock is strong and easy to manipulate. The full flat grind makes for a great slicer, and a robust cutter. And this thing is a monster, but yet can do more delicate tasks because of the great control the design provides. I love all my Spydercos, but this one, this one is my favorite user.

Landon C. on Jul 21, 2018

I'm just saying, as a guy with xxl hands, this is a PM2 killer. Assuming you have Large to XXL hands aswell, this review applies to you, but smaller hands? I'd hesitate on this purchase if that's the case. But, compared to the Paramilitary 2 from Spyderco you get: Better ergos, snappier action, sleeker design, more blade, a full choil, and thicker blade stock!? If you can get over the tiny weight increase then you'll never go back to your PM2 ( or comparable blade ). Sorry Manix 2 people, but this blows your Manix out of the water. This thing is just perfection. Only complaint is we need different colors besides Black and Silver!! Come on spyderco, this thing should be in your top 3 flagships 100%! Best knife for the money HANDS DOWN. And I'm not even a huge spyderco guy but this knife makes me fall in love with the brand all over again. I dare you to find any respected knife reviewer that doesn't dig this knife. Just underrated and unbeatable in my opinion. Great work Mr. Glesser and everyone over at Spyderco. Job well done.

Spyderco Shaman Compression Lock Knife Black G-10
Darryl S. on Jan 14, 2018

This is a Beefy Knife! It was a little tight and gritty to start with but after a little break in period, this is a solid knife. I love it.

Christmas gift
Tyce P. on Jan 8, 2018

When my wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas I told her I wanted the Manix 2 her response was why being that I have the bhq Natural g10 and m4 and she said why not get something else so I thought I would grab a pm3 then I saw nick Shabazz review this knife and when he called it a gem I was interested so I watched more reviews on the knife and decided to give it a try and man I cannot believe how much I love this knife it is the knife I fine myself grabbing for over my ZT 0630 with S35VN or the Manix 2 with M4 it’s a hell of a knife and one other thing it feels way smaller in the pocket then the Manix 2

Tactical, bushcraft.
Nolan m. on Jan 6, 2018

A great and powerhouse of a knife for its beefy size. Had mine for a month. Carry it everyday. The lock engages harder and louder that typical compression lock. Sounds so secure. Lock bar has a lot of tension so expect it to be a little stiff. But when lock is disengaged properly it swings shut and sounds nice with the D tent. Also the tip on mine is very pointy and sharp for its dimension. Great piercing knife.

My favorite spyderco
Phillip D. on Jan 6, 2018

It does feel heavy when you carry it but in use it feels like a PM2 to me. After a little bit of stropping the factory, edge became razor sharp.

Great knife from a great company
Jake P. on Jan 5, 2018

First off, this knife is fantastic. It's like a blend of all my favorite things from spyderco. Excellent steel, the legendary compression lock, excellent F&F(a few nitpicks, but more on that later), and amazing ergonomics. Build quality: The shaman is a large and beefy offering from spyderco. It wont even bat an eye at the harder task you ask of it. The blade stock is plenty thick, but with the high saber grind, it's quite an aggressive slicer. The G10 handles are contoured very nicely, with been edges all around. It seems that the backspacer is not flush, but it seems that was done on purpose for whatever reason. Everyone I know who owns a shaman has the slightly sunken backspacer. Not enough in my opinion to knock off a star. The knife sits on bronze washers and is fairly smooth. It is rather stiff out of the box, but it loosens up nicely after a little time spent opening and closing. No lock stick to report on my specimen. Very solid lockup with no horizontal or lateral movement and the knife uses a floating stop pin, so as to not disturb the action. Looks: The Shaman is a very well balanced and refined looking knife. Spyderco seems to have pulled off a hard use knife that looks good, and I like it. The stonewashed blade and hardware are gorgeous and something I wish Spyderco did a lot more often. Despite the blade being so thick, it tapers to a very sharp tip with very clean lines. Ergonomics and carry: The Shaman has an excellent and very comfortable contoured G10 handle, with very adequate jimping and a comfortable, albeit slightly intrusive choil. The choil happens to protrude just so over the compression lock bar, an makes for some awkward finger positioning for lock actuated closing. The knife feels great in a variety of grips and doesn't fatigue my hands like some other knife handles do, even with extended use. The knife is equipped with a 4 way stonewashed pocket clip so carry options are plentiful. The knife does carry fairly high which can be positive and/or negative depending on personal preference. Final thoughts: The Spyderco shaman is an excellent example of Spydercos commitment to bringing excellent cutting tools that will perform and excel in whatever tasks you ask of it. It's a beautiful blend of the Native5's shape and ergonomics, the Manix 2's stoutness, and Paramilitary 2's lock and smoothness. I would highly recommend this knife. -Jake P., 13 year knife user and collector.

Jordan M. on Jan 5, 2018

You would think with how large the knife is it would not be the best in pocket, but that is far from the truth, carrying the shamen is joy and quite a gem!

Damn Good - Not Perfect
Don M. on Mar 5, 2020

It's a nice big beafy robust knife that carries well in the pocket. My only complaints are the price and fact that the backstrap of the G-10 does not align up with the backspacer. Couldn't Spyderco have done this better?

For rugged use
Walter C. on Mar 5, 2019

This is a knife you feel great about using. It feels great in the hand, isn't flashy, and gets the job done. Pictures don't do it justice, you really have to put this thing in your hand. Mine came with a scratchy action. It was easy to disassemble, clean, lube, and reassemble, and the action was perfect after that. There is a noticeable ridge between the back spacer and the scales, like the back spacer was ground down too much, which is slightly annoying (hence -1 star).

Beast mode!
Aaron B. on Jan 27, 2018

Such a beast. Can get any job done. Such a comfy handle. Ridiculous action and lockup. Scary sharp. Forward finger choil interferes slightly with the compression lock tab. You get used to it though.

A fine work knife.
Matt K. on Oct 29, 2017

I just got it yesterday so I haven't had a lot of time to use it but so far I like it a lot. It's a bit beefier than the Manix 2 while maintaining similar dimensions overall. The greater blade thickness is where it stands out. On paper it probably seems minimal but in my opinion it does inspire a bit more confidence in heavier duty tasks. The blade and pocket clip are actually stonewashed not satin(as described) which to me is a plus. The g10 scales have nested but sturdy steel liners. They're sculpted nicely for ergonomics and fairly grippy. They're not as aggressive as the g10 on some other models but are by no means slick. If I had any nitpicks it would be that the g10 scales are a little "sharp" on the inside edges. Also, on the tail end the scales and the back spacer do not sit flush. Not sure if this is intended or maybe a QC fault. I suppose I could do some sanding and make it right but it kind of stings to have to do that for $150. I don't know if it's worth returning or trying to get ahold of Spyderco over but I'll consider it. Overall, the design is solid and it strikes me a great work knife rather than a show piece. I'd imagine that this will be a big hit for Spyderco fans. I look forward to an exotic sprint run in the future!

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