The Deacon wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:50 am
Sonorum wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:34 am
That must have changed the weight! Why not call it a Native 6. I wonder what needs to happen cqi-wise to warrant a number change.
Spyderco naming conventions have always been somewhat inconsistent and puzzling. However, generally speaking, version/generation changes imply either the resurrection of a discontinued design with only minor changes (as in the case of the Navigator 2) or a major change in the design although even some of those don't get one. Case in point, original Stretch had a stainless steel handle with Kraton inserts. The peel-ply CF version that came next, and all subsequent versions prior to the Stretch 2, were larger and not one single part is interchangeable between them and the SS/Kraton version, but it took yet another increase in size before the Stretch became the Stretch 2.
Off hand, I can't think of a single case where simple CQI resulted in a generation change.
I'm relatively new to Native family, I got my first Native5 about a year ago, it's the cpm-154 clad s90v blade with steel liners and CF scales... that was the only one I owned until the last few months when I picked up both the G10 and LW versions of the Rex45 & 4V models. I guess I've never quite understood the move to making the G10 linerless, I remember when the Native5 Chief first came out and lots of folks were up in arms about why a knife that size (and cost) didn't have liners, and I think I understand reasonably well the trade-offs for the Chief, which I really do like and am super stoked for the Rex45 & S90V models to finally arrive, but does anyone else think that moving the G10 models away from having liners makes it more akin to the FRN/LW model? My first Native5, the aforementioned CF/154/S90V is one of the stoutest/strongest knives of that size I've ever owned by any maker, and while it is a little heavy for that small I knife I personally like it and think it's worth the weight. Anyhow, enough rambling, just curious about others thoughts, sorry for the thread derail, but it's something that's puzzled me and it was being touched upon...