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Spyderco Native 5 Salt Folding Knife 2.95" LC200N Satin Plain Blade, Yellow FRN Handles - C41PYL5


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Part #: SP41PYL5 | Spyderco Knives
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SP41PYL5: C41PYL5 Native 5 Salt
The venerable Native model has been a mainstay of the Spyderco product line since it was first released in 1997. During more than 20 years of service and five generations of evolution, it has been steadily refined into its current form — the Native 5. Combining all the time-tested qualities of the original design with enhanced ergonomics, incredibly precise lock tolerances, and four-position carry, it is arguably about as perfect as a lock back folding knife can be. So what could possibly make it better? For watersports enthusiasts, those who live in humid climates, or anyone else obsessively concerned with the threat of corrosion, the answer to that question is the Native 5 Salt.

In simple terms, the Native 5 Salt takes the incredibly popular Native 5 Lightweight platform and renders it entirely with ultra-corrosion-resistant materials. Simple terms, however, don’t do this knife justice.

Starting at the business end, the blade of the Native 5 Salt is precision machined from LC200N — a nitrogen-enriched tool steel that offers extreme corrosion resistance. LC200N is produced by a combination of the PESR (Pressurized Electric Slag Remelting) process and "smart forging" technology to yield a remarkable increase in the steel's purity and a very fine and homogeneous microstructure. It is also a true martensitic steel that can be hardened and tempered through conventional heat treating processes, allowing its hardness level to be precisely controlled to meet the demands of specific uses.

LC200N is widely respected as the material of choice for applications that involve high static and dynamic loads in corrosive environments. It is most famously known as NASA's preferred material for the ball bearings used in their aerospace equipment but is also used extensively in the food, chemical, recycling, pharmaceutical, and plastics industries. In knife blades, its extraordinary properties provide an exceptional blend of toughness, edge holding, and corrosion resistance.

To take full advantage of these qualities, the Native 5 Salt's blade is full-flat-ground for thin, low-friction edge geometry. It includes a fully-accessible Trademark Round Hole for ambidextrous one-handed opening. An index-finger choil at the heel of the blade allows a "choked up" grip for enhanced control and like the thumb purchase on the spine, features jimping (textured grooves) for a secure grip.

The knife's high-visibility yellow handle is injection molded from tough fiberglass-reinforced nylon (FRN) and includes Spyderco’s signature Bi-Directional Texture pattern to ensure a secure, non-slip grip — even with wet hands. Four sets of threaded inserts molded directly into the handle scales allow the knife's hourglass pocket clip to be configured for tip-up or tip-down carry on either side of the body. The clip — like the screws and other handle hardware — is made from a highly corrosion-resistant alloy that is further protected by a black rust-resistant coating. In the tip-up position, it also straddles the handle's generously sized lanyard hole.

The link between the Native 5 Salt's blade and handle is its highly evolved lockback mechanism. Precision-machined to exacting tolerances, it balances strength and ease of operation to ensure extreme reliability and a long service life.

A proud addition to Spyderco's ultra-corrosion-resistant Salt Series of knives, the Native 5 Salt is sure to find support with current fans of this model and watersports enthusiasts in search of the perfect cutting tool.
  • Blade Length: 2.95" (75 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.00" (102 mm)
  • Overall Length: 6.95" (177 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 2.42" (61 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125" (3.2 mm)
  • Blade Material: LC200N Rust-Proof Steel
  • Blade Style: Leaf Shaped
  • Blade Grind: Full-Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon (FRN)
  • Handle Color: Yellow
  • Locking Mechanism: Lockback
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up/Tip-Down, Left/Right Carry
  • Model Number: C41PYL5
  • Model Name: Native 5 Salt
  • Weight: 2.5 oz. (71 g)
  • Made in the USA

UPC Code: 716104012640

The lockback system has been used for many decades. It can usually be found on the knife spine and it provides a strong lockup that will wear well.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
Spyderco Native 5 Salt Folding Knife 2.95" LC200N Satin Plain Blade, Yellow FRN Handles4.000 (1 review)
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Spyderco Native 5 Salt Folding Knife 2.95" LC200N Satin Plain Blade, Yellow FRN Handles
4 out of 5
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, None
The grail knife is here!.... almost.
Well I was not surprised this Valentines when my better half gave me a present box, as I was drooling all over this knife since the specs came out. My previous beater EDC was Salt 1, as its almost the perfect all-around knife when you work in the marine industry; had everything but edge retention. Native 5 Salt was the logical successor to this, as by the tests I've seen, the LC200N has a hell of an edge retention compared to H1, losing only minor corrosion resistance. So I'm looking at it right now and comparing with my previous grail knife:Handle length is the same, though Natives handle is more substantial in the hand and you don't get the subjective feeling that the handle is flexing when using it. Here we get to the first gripe though: design of the handle is not rounded from the upper side, but has more of a square edge, which is less comfortable than the Salt 1 was. Another thing is the thickness of the handle, which is about 25-30% thicker than Salt 1, which is, in combination with different pocket clip, making it stick out more from your pants. Texturing of the handle is definitely better than on Salt.Though design of the blade is a subjective thing, IMO it is much better looking than Salt. Which also means that the spyderhole is smaller, making it a bit more difficult to open (blade is still new, so it's quite stiff when opening, but this will wear over time). We have yet to see opening with sweaty, salty hands, and will it rip skin off the fingers. Blade shape is also much more efficient for my stile of use, so I'm giving it a plus there.If my review stopped here, rating would be 5/5.Now we get to the part where someone decided to have a cruel joke on all of us by the sea: the inside of the handle looks drilled (OK I know all this stuff is molded, but this is my best way to compare), with reinforcing. I was still satisfied here, until I saw that the "drilling" design stretches also around the shaft of the blade. Designers, really? What do you think will happen with even mild use - those holes will fill with dirt and debris in no time. Thus why this knife gets 4 stars.In conclusion, this knife will be a worthy adversary to my favored Salt. Time will tell if the drilled inside will drive me back to Salt.
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