Native 5 - W-DLC / SpyderEdge
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. Spyderco’s black-bladed Native Lightweight has long been the go-to cutting tool for savvy tactical knife users. The fifth-generation Native 5 version of this design raises the bar even further, combining an ultra-lightweight fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handle, a low-profile black finish, and an aggressive SpyderEdge cutting edge with the advanced engineering of the Native 5 platform.
This knife’s full-flat-ground blade is machined from niobium-enriched CPM S35VN powder metallurgy stainless steel and has a durable, non-reflective Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating. Available in PlainEdge, CombinationEdge, and SpyderEdge who’s cutting edge provides extreme cutting power, especially on fibrous materials. It also includes an index-finger choil for a forward-positioned grip that allows enhanced control during detailed cutting tasks. A highly evolved back lock mechanism—one of the defining features of the Native 5 design—locks the blade securely in the open position and, along with the blade’s Trademark Round Hole, allows ambidextrous one-handed opening and closing of the knife.
The linerless injection-molded FRN (Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon) handle features a deep Bi-Directional Texturing pattern for maximum grip security and includes four sets of threaded stainless steel inserts to mount the reinforced hourglass clip for tip-up or tip-down carry on either side of the knife. Like the blade, this knife’s clip, clip screws, and all other metal hardware are also black coated, making it an ideal cutting tool for environments where light discipline is a concern.