Spyderco Native 5 Folding Knife 3" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles - C41GP5


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SP41GP5: C41GP5 Native 5


Anyone familiar with Spyderco knows that one of the primary driving forces of their knifemaking philosophy is C.Q.I.—Constant Quality Improvement. Inspired by the Japanese concept of kaizen ("continuous improvement"), C.Q.I. is the relentless process of evaluating every aspect of every product and meticulously reviewing all customer feedback to find ways of making even their best knives, sharpeners, and accessories better. In some cases, the changes are subtle tweaks to internal parts, finishes, and processes that, in form, only we would notice. In performance, however, they pay off in some tangible way. Whether it's increased precision, enhanced reliability, reduced weight, or something else, every C.Q.I. process takes Spyderco one step closer to perfection.

One of the latest benefactors of Spyderco's C.Q.I. process has been the venerable Native 5 model. As a fifth-generation design and a state-of-the-art expression of the lockback folding knife, the Native 5 is no stranger to improvement. However, its latest refinements take that process even further.

Based on the inspiration of the groundbreaking 40th Anniversary Native 5, which showcased a linerless fluted carbon fiber handle, most G10-handled versions of the Native 5 will now also feature linerless construction. Eliminating the liner reduces the weight of the knife from 3.7 to 3.0 ounces—nearly 20 percent—without any substantial change to the knife's thickness or structural strength. To maintain the versatility of its four-position pocket clip, the G10 scales of this version will include four sets of threaded inserts to support left or right-side, tip-up or tip-down carry.

After Spyderco's exhaustive in-house performance testing and tons of end-user feedback, they have also decided to change the blade steel of the Native 5 from CPM-S35VN to CPM-S30V. This rolling change will be implemented as they exhaust their current inventory of parts, so some versions of the Native 5 will complete the switch sooner than others. However, the change will ultimately affect all standard G10 and FRN-handled versions of this popular model.

In many ways, C.Q.I. is what defines Spyderco and their products—and always has. Spyderco takes pride in their stubbornness and promises to never let "great" be "good enough" to stop evolving.


  • Blade Length: 3.00"
  • Closed Length: 4.00"
  • Overall Length: 6.875"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125"
  • Blade Material: CPM-S30V Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Full-Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Thickness: 0.43"
  • Handle Material: Black G10
  • Locking Mechanism: Lockback
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Tip-Down, Left/Right Carry
  • Weight: 3.0 oz.
  • Made in the USA

UPC Code: 716104003761

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

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Spyderco Native 5 Folding Knife 3" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handlesrated 4.538 stars out of 5 (39 reviews)
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Spyderco Native 5 Folding Knife 3" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles
rated 3 stars out of 5
Rochester, NY
Apr 29, 2020
The changes are downgrades
This is a follow-up to an extremely favorable review of the Native 5 that I wrote, and is posted here, from May 2016.I have the Native 5 from that time: G10, steel liners, SV35VN blade. Someone I know has one of the current models. We compared them side-by-side. I have to say that the differences in them constitute downgrades to the current model. Spyderco is currently trying to save money at the expense of quality, and that is disappointing. I did not think they were going to cross that threshold, but that is unfortunately exactly what they have done.What is particularly surprising is that they have done it under the guise of continuing to improve and refine the product. Um, no.The description of this knife rings a bit hollow. For example: "After Spyderco's exhaustive in-house performance testing and tons of end-user feedback, they have also decided to change the blade steel of the Native 5 from CPM-S35VN to CPM-S30V."Um, no. Ridiculous. SV35VN is MORE expensive then is SV30; in fact, it is a further refinement of SV 30. The only reason one would substitute downward is manufacturing cost. The price of the knife certainly didn't decline any. The same is true of linerless construction. It certainly is cheaper to do it that way , and while you save a little weight, you don't save a whole lot of weight in a knife as small as the Native 5... and it is quite obvious that you sacrifice durability in the long run.Is the linerless knife still viable? Sure. Is anywhere near as heavy-duty? No. I'll tell you that the one I have will probably still be around to give to my grandchild down the road.Now, the new version of the knife is perfectly fine to carry around as an EDC. You should be very happy with it if you buy it.The minute you compare to the way they used to make it, however, you realize immediately that it is a lesser product. And if you know anything about folding knives (My collection includes a few Spydercos, both lightweight and as heavy-duty as they make), you immediately realize that this is a lesser product at a fairly premium price. This is now priced up into the range where you can buy, for example, some of the higher-end production Zero Tolerance knives. Just to put a fine point on it, I am not a knife snob. I don't insist that everything have G10/steel liners/fancy steel. I own cheap "beater" knives and fairly expensive production models from a variety of manufacturers.For instance, I own the Spyderco Manix 2 in both the standard 'flagship' and the lightweight versions (even though the lightweight version has significantly downgraded steel from the standard version), and the lightweight version definitely has its place as an EDC, and I use it all the time. But I don't confuse its quality with the 'flagship' version. And the lightweight Manix 2 is not being sold as an advantageously modified product, when it is clearly a downgrade. No. It is being sold as a lightweight alternative.That's exactly what it is.If Spyderco wants me to pay the same kind of prices charged by some higher-end production knife lines, then they should not be cutting the quality of the knife in order to make it cheaper and disingenuously claiming that such it an advantageous evolution of the product. At the very least, the prior version should still be offered, with the two versions priced appropriately to reflect their differing manufacturing costs.Under present circumstances, I would strongly recommend the Spyderco Para 3 over the Native 5. The length of the cutting edge on the blades is identical, the Para 3 has substantially better ergos and a great top-accessed pressure lock system--and it's a little bit less money then the now-downgraded Native 5!Please allow me to stress that I am not slamming Spyderco as a company. They make great products, I'm happy with all of the knives in my collection that bear their name, and on the rare occasion when I have contacted them they have been helpful and generous to a fault. That is why their recent move with the Native 5 is so surprising.Your mileage may vary.OK, rant over.
Spyderco Native 5 Folding Knife 3" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles
rated 2 stars out of 5
Jan 21, 2020
Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Blade Material
They need to change it to S35VN
the blade is hard to sharpen and chips a lot
Spyderco Native 5 Folding Knife 3" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
E rockaway
Jun 20, 2019
Pros: Pocket Clip, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Love the new native 5 g10 , outstanding design, Like it better than the old one without compromising Strength. You won’t be disappointed if you purchased this knife
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