Native 5 - GREY FRN / Maxamet
Since its original release in 1997, the Native has been a mainstay of the Spyderco product line and a flagship of Spyderco’s American-made stable of knives. The design has evolved steadily over the years, reaching its current state of the art in 2012 with the release of the Native 5. The latest addition to the Native lineage is the Native 5 Lightweight, which combines the Native 5’s engineering refinements with the weight-saving advantages of an injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handle.
Proudly manufactured in their factory in Golden, Colorado, the latest Native 5 features the complex Maxamet alloy in the blade of this enhanced version of the Native 5 offers tremendous edge retention and toughness. It is further showcased by its distinctive gray FRN handle.
Carpenter Technology’s Micro-Melt Maxamet alloy is a super-hard high-speed powdered tool steel possessing properties that transcend conventional high-speed tool steels approach those of cemented carbides, the ultra-hard materials used to machine other steels. When Carpenter developed this amazing alloy, they sent samples to various companies in the knife industry to evaluate as a blade material. Although many tried, Spyderco was one of only a handful of companies to successfully develop the specialized methods necessary to machine, heat treat, and grind this demanding material to yield reliable, high-performance knife blades.