Pros: Functionality, Lock Type, Durability, Weight, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Size, Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Materials, handle material, Design
95/100 for in city EDC
I have several Spyderco Natives, so I was really intrigued by their new little brothers, the lock back and compression lock Lil’ Natives. While I like the lock back in the Native, I’ve been wishing they had a compression lock version, so I opted for that in the Lil’ Native and boy am I glad I did!! It changes the character of the knife to be able to close it easily with one hand, fingers out of the way. Really like the compression lock here, though I am sure the lock back would be good as well (as it is in the Native). Steel is s30v, not the same as the s35vn in the Native, but still excellent, and perhaps a little cheaper, allowing for the G10 scales. The G10 scales have a skeletonized steel insert that works well, and the scales feel nice in the hand. The blade is slightly longer than the Dragonfly 2 blade, also has full flat grind and was razor sharp, but when closed the knife has less of a hump/drop on the blade side, so is slimmer feeling. Fit and finish were excellent and the blade was nicely centered. The choil in front of the blade is well placed, but there is no jumping there. There is jumping on the back of the knife, but it does not go beyond the G10 scales, which in my opinion is the one flaw in this knife. I found that my thumb had to be held back uncomfortably because of that jimping on the back of the knife, it just was too far back to be useful with my medium hands, so I think anyone with a large hand would find it useless. But over all, this is a relatively minor flaw in the over all excellent EDC knife.