The Spyderco Native5 is Spyderco's latest edition in their excellent Native series. While similar in size to other members of the Native family, the Native5 has several distinct features which separate it from the rest of the pack.
The Native5 is Spyerco's first production folder made using CPM-S35VN steel. Its flat-ground blade is plain edged with a weight reducing spine-swedge made using CPM-S35VN. The steel is similarly structured to Crucible's CPM-S30V but with the addition of niobium (columbium) carbides along with vanadium and chromium carbides. Niobium makes steel tougher while improving its resistance to wear and chipping and offers improved edge retention over basic smelted high-chromium steels.
The Native5 also features black G-10 handle harbors dual skeletonized liners, a full-length back spacer and a back lock. Modern American-made back-locks have better self-closing ability, smoother action, solid lock-up and ease-in push-release opening for a higher caliber of lock. The new Bushing Pivot System on the Native5 improves the blade's open/close fluidity while the folder itself is constructed with larger-sized torx screws for simple adjustments and tightening. Spyderco's Native5 showcases the maturation of American knifemaking techniques and how today's modern folders are sharper, smoother and better performing knives than their early back lock predecessors.