jaypuck wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:32 pm
You guys may have seen my earlier post asking why you all liked Spyderco knives. Well, I got a lot of great responses and several points were brought up by almost everyone that responded. That, plus some independent reading I did about the company convinced me to give one a try. My Native 5 (in G10) was delivered while I was at work today, so I was anxiously awaiting quitting time so I could rush home and check it out.
Before I even pulled it out of the plastic, I could tell this was a SOLID knife. It's not heavy, but it feels really well built even compared to my current EDC which is a Benchmade Mini Griptilian. In addition to my first Spyderco, this is also my first knife with G10, and let me just say: Wow. I LOVE the feel of the G10 on this thing. It's grippy without being coarse. The pocket clip seems like it has a good amount of tension without being too tight. I haven't actually put it in my pocket yet but at first glance the clip will be fine.
THEN, I opened the blade. It *snapped* into place with authority. There is absolutely no doubt that this is a solid lock up. I've read and heard quite a bit about how smooth Spydercos are, and it could be the fact that this one sat out in the cold all day, or it may need loosened up just a tiny bit, because it seems a little rough to me. I'm sure I'll spend the next few days playing with it, and it might get better.
The ergonomics are great. It fits in my relatively small hands comfortably and naturally. The jimping on the spine and choil are well executed and feel good, the clip doesn't pinch when I'm gripping the knife and it's just plain fun to hold. If you hold the blade in one hand in what seems like a rather natural way to try to close it, when the blade falls the finger on front is lined up with the choil, so you don't get cut. I don't know if that's by design or a happy accident, but either way it's appreciated since if that wasn't the case, I'd be wearing a band aid for a few days.
The blade is extremely sharp. It's easily the sharpest knife I've ever owned out of the box. It glides through paper (it's first task was opening a bill, being an adult sucks, huh?) like it's not even there.
So far my only complaint is with the locking mechanism. It's not that there's anything wrong with it, I've just been spoiled by the Axis lock and liner locks, this one is a bit more difficult to close one handed without using my hip or something to get the blade lowered enough to grab the spidey hole and close it the rest of the way. (Speaking of the spidey hole: I used to think it was dumb, but now I totally get it, it's awesome).
It's early to tell, but... I don't think the Native 5 will become my new go to EDC knife. However! I think my biggest complaints about it would be addressed by getting something with a different locking mechanism sooooo, I think I'll be getting a Para 3 in the very near future!
Thank all of you, and thanks Sal for making an awesome knife. I may not be a total convert yet, but I get why all of you are so loyal to the brand.