As someone that asked for this very knife to be made, I'm extremely excited for its release. I'm used to wanting things with extremely low chances of being brought to the market, so seeing a direct request of mine being made it's really special to me.
I've owned 3 Swicks in the past, the Swick 2 and 3.
The Swick is my favorite Spyderco fixed blade for EDC. It's a tiny knife, yet even with my huge hands I can get a comfortable, full grip on the knife.
The Swick 3 is my favorite, as I feel the wharncliffe blade shape works very well on smaller blades. I find the Swick 3 to be a more aggressive cutter than the Swick 4 due to the blade shape.
I think a small wharncliffe blade like the Swick 3 & upcoming 5 is pretty much the best all around utility shape for an EDC knife. I typically carry a larger blade with belly, like a Police 3, mainly because that size & shape lends itself a little more versatility when it comes to stuff like food prep, but for typical utility work like cutting cardboard, opening clam shell packages, cutting rope etc., something like a Swick or Delica wharncliffe is superior.
I carry mine horizontally in a kydex sheath with paracord loops to attach to my belt in the 1 o clock position. It's incredibly easy to draw, cut and re-sheath one handed, and if need be I could draw it in reverse grip with my left hand easily as well.
I keep a set of Anzo style G10 scales on mine. I've also tried paracord wraps, but I find some thin G10 slabs are a great fit for this knife.
IMO the biggest hurdle in going from "I own a Swick" to "I carry and use a Swick often" is finding a good sheath. I've tried a few different makers, and eventually concluded that I need to buy a heat gun and kydex to make my own. That project is still on the back burner, hence why I gravitate towards my Izula 2 over the Swick when I carry a FB on my belt.
The Swick sheath should be light, minimal and secure. So may of the sheaths I've seen are much bigger than they need to be for this knife.
I have not heard whether the Swick 5 will come with a factory sheath or not, or scales. I'd be happy with a naked LC200N Swick, but if it were up to me I would include thin, black micarta scales attached with screws, and a minimal boltaron sheath with good retention. I'd like scales with a finish like the Street Beat scales.
The Swick is small and light enough to function as a neck knife, so any included sheath needs to be safe for inverted carry IMO.
Lastly, I feel like the Swick is an excellent choice for those who carry for self defense. I don't, and I don't claim to be an expert, but it has a lot of positive features looked at in this light. Being rust proof it will be a knife you can carry in any climate year round. Fixed blades are much faster to draw than folders. The wharncliffe blade has a lot in common with the yojimbo. The index hole offers incredible control and grip retention, similar to a karambit.
This is a knife I'd gladly break my 365 day challenge for
Tempting to carry mine today.