Spyderco C41GP5 Native5 G-10 Plain Edge Knife
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- 3.5 inch plain edge blade
- Knife Closed Length: 4.5-Inch, Knife Open Length: 8.5-Inch
- Weighs 5 ounces, Screw-together construction. G-10 handle
- Made of CPM S35VN steel
- 4-way Clip,Made in Golden, Colorado
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The Native5 embodies the salient features of the Lightweight Native into a bold G-10 version with a nitrogen hardened CPM-S35VN blade and full-length skeletonized steel liners. A large (jimped) finger choil positions the index finger behind the cutting edge while jimping at the spine paces off the thumb dexterously above the index finger.
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I hadn't carried a knife for 20 years or so; Dad's old made-in-USA Buck Stockman still serves but I wanted to see what else was out there. And it turns out that, like everything else, the technology has advanced substantially. Single-hand open, for example, used to be a novelty that might get your knife banned or taken away by a lawman; since 2009, though, that's been a non-issue for assisted-open (non-springloaded) knives like the Native. You put your thumb in the round hole; you apply slight pressure; the knife swivels open like greased lightning and 'snicks' into place with the firmest, lowest-tolerance, no-rattle lock I could imagine in a knife. Single hand closure is also possible - press the spring loaded spine into the handle detent and press the lightly-swaged back of the blade against your jeans - it pops loose and swivels closed fast and sure.
And I do recommend single-hand operation, because this knife's spear point is menacing. Like Sauron's gaze, it "pierces cloud, shadow, earth and flesh." It's poked holes in several shirts - after the point gets through, the ultrasharp edge cuts thread - and when I've tried double-hand closure, I've often gotten a painful stab wound for my trouble. I thought OK, I'll just dull the point by scraping some grit out of a groove in a steel can lid - no dice. The lid was sliced; the edge was left intact.
See, there's this new steel technology. I don't understand it but it has to do with metal powder and weird alloys and the name is CPM35VN. It's chrome-moly, like my old bike, but also vanadium - like my dad's 1947 journeyman carpentry hammer, tough yet resilient - and niobium, which is a fairly rare transition metal. I have been trying to dull this blade for the month I've owned it and no dice. I can't dull it; I can't chip it or roll it or make it any less efficient for cutting. I'm not using it to cut nails or do things to intentionally break it; but in daily use it just hasn't changed a bit. Its surly gray-iridescent gleam seems to challenge me. Try me on something, it says. See whether I cut it or not.
Amazing when you have a knife clipped into your pocket how you find things to do with it. I've been keeping this in my Levi's 501 'fifth pocket' where it's a perfect fit. I changed the clip to suit my preference - using a Torx you can move the clip to any of 4 orientations. The clip is a little tight but I guess I could bend it to lessen that; I haven't bothered. Anyway, now that the knife is always close to hand, I use it about 2-3 times an hour. It's always nice to have it and there's always that little moment of surprise when it cuts cleanly and quickly and that annoying task that was going to take a moment is now completely solved.
If you haven't guessed, I love this thing. I love the G-10 nubbly rubberized grip, I love the practical shape and length of the blade, I love the silly Spyderco makers' marks, and if someone took this knife away from me - doubtful, it'd make a great personal defense weapon - but if they did I'd have to go get another one immediately!