I had seen these on eBay and I really wanted one. Before I paid the high prices the sellers were asking, I went to Spyderco’s forums and did a search. I’m glad I did, because I got one with a 40% coupon straight from Spyderco!
It’s almost a formality weighing and measuring, and photographing together with similar models. But from the photos below, it’s clear that these are two radically different Native 5 samples. I know they continually modernize. The new one is also noticeably lighter than my original Native which I still carry and love.
This one is almost too beautiful to carry. I may just keep it for my collection. I really want one of the newer natives, but I want one with G10 scales, and they are coming out with a dark blue G10 Native with S110V steel in 2016, so I’ll probably wait … if I can.
It seems like no two cameras capture this weird shade of red. Most of the photos I’ve seen of this knife look more brown than red, so I tried to use the lighting in a way that coaxed the camera to see the red.
|The forum knife came with a nice sticker|