If I could only have two then it is an easy decision.
#1. Spyderco Native Chief
#2. Spyderco Stretch 1
We have worn this forum out over the Merits of the Stretch so I will not elaborate.
The Native Chief however is indeed something very special it ticks of many points and satisfies many roles.
The native chief hits the following points with me.
#1. Handle is the perfect size not to large not to small blade to handle ratio is superb.
#2. Handle has a built in choil very much like the Stretch the shape has allot to do with accessing the spydie hole as well.
#3. Blade has a 50 / 50 choil.
#4. Beyond the Choil there is still plenty of blade to work with and will keep your hands out fo the cut material.
#3. The blade has enough length to be used with food without getting the pivot messy. Just opened a Mango for a friend plenty of blade to work with.
#4. This is a stabby blade great for opening packages and using only the very tip avoiding tape gunk as much as possible.
#5. The blade on this knife is superr sharp and I guess ground thin behind the blade adding to it's laser like cutting ability.
#6. However they managed it the S30V is easy to touch up on this blade and very welcome.
#7 The back-lock is superbly tuned not too much and not too little tension you can put this in your pocket without clipping it and have no worries over a larger blade opening and stabbing you.
#8. The pivot is very smooth.
#9. THe weight is very light I handed it to my boss and the first thing he said was wow that is so light! and it carries very well in the pocket not a pocket hog whatsoever at all. DOnt even know it is there as I am sitting typing this Woah just did a double check yep it is there alright.
#10. Linerless construction means less chance of unsee corrosion taking place and does nothing to deprecate the knife.
I was just cutting up some paper this morning using my Manix 2 XL DLC which Vivi's videos got me to buy and I have to say I like the XL much better than the regular old Manix 2.
The Manix XL gives a great feeling in the hand in use and so does the Native Chief.
I can see myself easily purchasing a SE version of this knife and a PS. My dream is for the Native Chief to arrive in Cruwear I will buy without hesitation.