Spyderco Native Chief Folding Knife 4.08" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles - C244GP


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SP244GP: C244GP Native Chief


First released in 1997, the original Spyderco Native quickly set a high standard in affordable, full-service, lightweight folding knives. Purpose-designed to offer made-in-USA craftsmanship at an extremely affordable price, it was also the platform for introducing Spyderco's patented reversible "barrel-bolt" pocket clip.

As the Native's legions of devoted followers steadily grew, some end users began expressing interest in an extended version that would offer more blade length and better ergonomics for large hands. Inspired by that idea, in 1999 Spyderco created a prototype of a design they called the Native Chief, which maintained the pocket-friendly width of the Native but extended its overall length by nearly two inches. In true Spyderco style, they then took that prototype "on the road," displaying it at various trade shows and customer gatherings to elicit detailed feedback. They also continued their own in-house development, fine-tuning the design in an effort to fully realize its potential.

Although feedback on the design was very positive, making longer-bladed knives isn't as simple as it might seem. The longer the knife's blade, the longer the leverage arm and the more pressure applied to the lock mechanism. Sorting out these challenges was overshadowed by other priorities and other models, and ultimately the Native Chief ended up lying dormant for many years.

The tipping point in the story of the Native Chief was actually the development of the Native 5—the fifth-generation evolution of its progenitor. The highly refined Native 5 reflects more than two decades of real-world use, detailed customer feedback, and Spyderco's own relentless pursuit of Constant Quality Improvement (C.Q.I.). One of the defining characteristics of this model is its highly refined lockback mechanism. The culmination of years of meticulous research, development, and testing—as well as a significant investment in ultra-high-precision machinery—the Native 5's lockback redefined the state of the art in the engineering and execution of this deceptively simple mechanism. It was also the final ingredient needed to make the Native Chief a reality.

In simple terms, the Native Chief takes the proven design of the G10-handled Native 5 and extends it by nearly one-third its length overall, while increasing its blade length by an impressive 39 percent. Its full-flat-ground blade is crafted from CPM S30V stainless steel and includes a fully accessible Trademark Round Hole for swift, positive, one-handed opening with either hand. It also features a 50/50 index-finger choil and opposing sections of non-slip jimping (textured grooves) to allow the option of a forward-positioned "choked-up" grip for increased control.

Offering plenty of real estate for large hands, the Native Chief's ergonomic handle is built with peel-ply-textured G10 scales and a solid stainless steel backspacer. This elegantly simple construction creates a superior blend of balance and structural strength and provides support for the knife's highly refined lockback mechanism. Precision machined to exacting tolerances, it offers impressive strength, an exceptionally smooth action, a robust self-close function, and unparalleled resistance to wear and tear. To ensure the precise alignment and adjustment of all parts and allow the use of a four-position hourglass clip, the handle is assembled with flat-head Torx screws. The clip is anchored by four sets of threaded inserts in the scales and supports tip-up or tip-down carry on both sides of the body. When mounted to the butt end of the knife, it straddles a lanyard hole that allows the easy attachment of fobs, lanyards, and safety lines.

Good things do indeed come to those who wait. As the latest chapter of the Native's proud history, the Native Chief is proof positive of that.


  • Blade Length: 4.08" (104 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 3.58" (91 mm)
  • Closed Length: 5.08" (129 mm)
  • Overall Length: 9.08" (231 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125" (3.2 mm)
  • Blade Material: CPM-S30V Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Full Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: Textured G10
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Locking Mechanism: Lockback
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up/Down, Left/Right Carry
  • Model Number: C244GP
  • Model Name: Native Chief 
  • Weight: 3.9 oz. (111 g)
  • Made in the USA

UPC Code: 716104013326

Related Categories

Spyderco Knives, Spyderco Native Folding Knives Series, CPM-S30V Blade Steel, G10 Handle Material, Folding Knives, Folding Knives Lockbacks, Made in USA

Pocket Clip
G10 Handles
S30V Stainless Steel
Made in USA
Spyderco Native Chief Folding Knife 4.08" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handlesrated 5.000 stars out of 5 (7 reviews)
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Spyderco Native Chief Folding Knife 4.08" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Alex H
Williamsburg, Virginia
Sep 02, 2020
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Sleek,strong and fast
Thanks Knife Center. Your service is more than excellent. I have thought about knife designs for many years and waited for exactly this. I have come full circle and prefer the lockback to any other lock type. They last forever . Hard steel lock bar engages hard steel blade with the thick spring-steel rod completely separate and not rubbing against anything. I can roll a lockback out with a spyderco hole as fast as I can flick any liner, compression , or axis lock. Even omega springs break sometimes . Imagine my surprise when I oiled the Native Chief ( both blade pivot and entire moving lock bar ) and found that I can also flick it as fast as my Military or anything else. What about blade strength ? In cross section above the hole you have a small rectangle and in cross section below the hole you have a long pointy triangle. With calipers and simple math the cross section of steel above and below the Spyderco hole is the same as the Military. That is because although the blade stock is slightly thinner the hole is also smaller. The hole is still plenty big for your thumb to grab. The cross section of steel over and below the hole would correspond to a 3/16 steel rod. Try to break a 4 inch 3/16 screwdriver with your bear hands and you will never ever worry about a spyderco blade breaking. You need to be careful with the tip of any knife. The simple beauty , fit and finish takes your breath away. Thanks Spyderco and Knife center.
Spyderco Native Chief Folding Knife 4.08" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Cromwell, Mn
Mar 13, 2020
Pros: Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Pocket Clip
Cons: None
Great knife
Such a good knife that I put my ZT 0452CF on the shelf mostly because in nasty environments it is easy to open.
Spyderco Native Chief Folding Knife 4.08" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Flagstaff, Az
Feb 24, 2020
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Blade Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Ease of Opening
Just Right
I bought this after I got a Manix 2 XL and like it better. Don't get me wrong, the Manix 2 XL is great but just a little too big for me. The regular Manix 2 will fit me better. The Native Chief is a perfect fit for me. Has plenty of length for the worst situations and is still very light for it's size and can disappear in my pocket. Not near as wide as the Manix 2 XL. And the flat grind, very simple to resharpen. Also like the lock type for this knife. The only thing I noticed that botherd me was the hole in the blade is partly covered by the handle when closed so if you have big fingers, it might be a little awkward to open fast at first. I got it figured out now. Just had to change my grip a little. But it keeps the profile very slim compared to the Manix 2 XL. which is a big deal for me.
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