There is a pic of the Native display at spyderco headquarters on mr blondes site and it shows a swedge less first gen frn native. Second from the top on the left side. Can't read the caption though and I doubt it was a regular production model.
I found that it was much easier for me to unlock my lightweight Manix after I added some texture to the smooth back of the handle. It kept the knife from trying to slide down with the force of the thumb push. After I did that I was able to unlock with just the thumb. I used a wood burning tool on on...
Well I really like this knife. Great blade length. The very end is kind of sharp but the knife is so slim my hand doesn't rub against it when going into the pocket. My thumb or index fingers don't have an issue with the liner lock release and I like how the hole is rudimentary and not really usable....
hmm hadn't even thought of that. I use the flipper but can also open it the same way as the new Mnandi. Pinch the hole between thumb and middle finger, start the rotation and finish the rotation with the thumb pad.
The ti native can be easily closed one handed and the pattern in the handles is gorgeous. It will also hide wear much better. If you shop around they won't be too far apart in price. I've had both and kept the ti native.
I use the choil unless I am holding the knife in a hammer grip then I grip behind the choil. My medium size hand fits there. Actually I'd be ok if the Native was choil-less and had a single guard like the Delica (but with less gap between edge and guard) and I prefer the wider handle over the Delica.
I've had the G10 and have a S110V/CF and FRN model. I prefer the FRN. The weight feels right for the blade length and the price is right. My only preference on the other models is the clip hole pattern - allows me to put in a low mount clip. But I get why the FRN model has a more robust clip.
I have only had one in more than 50 Spydies and it was over 10 years ago. I bought a new Military online from a reputable dealer and I could close it with minimal hand pressure without intentionally moving the liner lock. Spyderco warranty fixed it.