Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Favorite Long Blade Spyderco
This is a long blade. The grind on mine was perfect and this is the sharpest Spyderco I’ve ever received out of the box. Spyderco has very good factory edges at that too. The G-10 scales are very fine and grippy. I had to sand the scale under the clip with 1500 grit sandpaper so that I could pull it out of my pocket to my liking. I love the linerless construction with G-10. I have a Manix Backlock similarly constructed that has been super smooth and a beast. The Native Chief is no different. The backlock is super smooth and the blade just seems to want to make short work of the task at hand. As usual, Spyderco ergonomics are fantastic. Given the length of the knife, it’s actually easy to carry. You know you have a knife in your pocket; however, it isn’t uncomfortable or a pocket hog. I can get my hand by it easy. If you’ve ever carried an Endura, this is no different. Speaking of the Endura and/or the Police lightweight, I tend to think of the Chief as a more deluxe version of both those other standard models. You get a long narrow blade, relatively lightweight since there are no steel liners, G-10 scales and a better blade steel. I don’t think you can make a bad choice with either three knives, but carrying and using the Chief feels like a treat.