steelcity16 wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:21 pm
Thats the million dollar question. Is the Native LW actually FRN as the catalog says, or is it the same FRCP as the Manix LW?
The Native 5 LW has been listed that way since it first appeared in the 2015 catalog. I'd be surprised to learn it's been listed incorrectly all this time. Spyderco specifies the M2 LW as FRCP and if the Native LW's the same why not list it that way.
Once again I've been comparing my Native 5 LWs to my Manix 2 LWs. Maybe (big maybe) the Natives feel very slightly different from the Manix 2 LWs. I had my gf close her eyes and touch the smooth and textures surfaces on both models and she couldn't feel the difference. She did notice a difference on the Delicas though, albeit very slight differences in her opinion. So I'll just say that the FRN on the Natives are much closer to the M2 LWs than they are to the Japanese FRN models. The FRN on the Chap LW and the Urban K390 LW feel more like the Japanese FRN. Interestingly, my Manbugs feel similar to the Manix 2 LWs to me. I still think it all comes down to the difference in finish on the molds that are used more than the material itself.
I'm not trying to tick anyone off here but I have to be honest, after handling all these knives, I think we're all being a little silly with all this. Whether the material's FRN or FRCP it all feels plasticky. The differences really are very subtle. Some
of the FRN models do feel a tiny bit softer and I think it's a combination of the corners having a larger radius and the surface finish. Maybe I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure there'd be a lot less complaining about the FRCP of the Manix 2 LW if they would've just said it was FRN. Not saying they should....it is what it is.