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Native Chief

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by DocT, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. DocT

    DocT

    Mar 25, 2012
    The Native Chief is the most exciting knife that Spyderco has announced this year. It has all of the right stuff. Too often, with Spyderco, the knives are a mixed bag of mostly good, but one thing that I wish were different. This knife does not appear to have anything about it that I would like to change. I am so happy that Sal did away with the original concept and decided on FFG. That long, pointy tip, comfortable looking handle, linerless G10, and (very important) a back lock, make this a winning knife, especially for those of us with big hands.

    It is not exactly a back lock Military, but it has things about it that I also love on the Military and has a better lock. I also like that there is no thumb ramp. This is a nice, elegant, sleek design.

    What say you all?
     
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  2. Enactive

    Enactive

    14
    Nov 30, 2018
    I'm eager for these to be available, it should be fantastic!
     
  3. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Nice!
    Reminiscent of a modernized Renegade.
     
  4. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    It looks like it would make an excellent fishing knife.
    It’s become cliche to say this recently, but I’d love it in LC200N.
     
  5. DocT

    DocT

    Mar 25, 2012


    Here is a video showing the knife.
     
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  6. Riz!

    Riz! Gold Member Gold Member

    May 5, 2014
    Im in on this one
     
  7. Colorodo

    Colorodo Gold Member Gold Member

    May 23, 2014
    Estimate on price?
     
  8. ferider

    ferider Basic Member Basic Member

    199
    Jun 20, 2018
    Well you asked: it has a better lock than the Military only in words. The back-lock pivot sits in pure G10 with zero additional reinforcement.

    I wouldn't mind liner-less so much if the main and lock pivot areas would be steel re-inforced in the scales, like - for example - in the Manix LW. But there is nothing, just pivot steel sitting in G10. As I understand, the Native Chief is basically a stretched Manix Back-lock, which I didn't buy because of that, and the Native has a longer blade to boot. Ask yourself why the production sample video above features a chief with a blade that is off center ?

    I'll skip the Chief. Which is annoying, I really like the design, and am a fan of most larger Spydercos. But I like to use them, and don't want to have to recenter a blade after - say - sitting on the knife in my back-pocket, accidentally.

    Roland.
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2019
  9. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Who knows. I say $160 +/- $10.
     
  10. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    Dunno, but linerless works for Cold Steel and their marketing emphasizes the strength and reliability (of the Tri-Ad lock). Haven't heard any complaints either.
    So if linerless works for them it should also work with a standard back lock. The Manix 2 back lock was a beast.
    Hell, there are linerless FRN knives and those are ok too.
     
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  11. ferider

    ferider Basic Member Basic Member

    199
    Jun 20, 2018
    It really depends on the implementation. For instance, for me, left good, right not so much:

    [​IMG]
     
  12. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    Fair enough but until I hear reports of durability problems from liner less, both of the above are good with me.
     
  13. ferider

    ferider Basic Member Basic Member

    199
    Jun 20, 2018
    Also fair. I was just talking about myself. :)
     
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  14. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    I don't understand why you consider the LW Good! as opposed to ??? for the OG Manix?

    metal to bronze better than bronze to G10 around pivot, perhaps? If so, why?, please elaborate...
     
  15. ferider

    ferider Basic Member Basic Member

    199
    Jun 20, 2018
    The two steel washers in the LW Manix pic above are riveted to the back-spacer / lock. So basically the Pivot sits in miniature steel liners. Maybe I shouldn't have said "Good", but "Better" than on the RHS backlock Manix, where the Pivot sits in G10. Of course I prefer the steel liners of the non-LW Manix 2, or of the 80mm Manix - if you want a back-lock. But again, all that is personal.
     
  16. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    I'd have to see/feel it 1st but I specifically collect long bladed Spydercos, so I'm more likely to buy than not to buy the Native Chief, if/when it is released.
     
  17. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Truly not trying to be a smart a--, but I'm not clear on where you're claiming an advantage...

    is the advantage in smoothness or strength or some other area?
     
  18. ferider

    ferider Basic Member Basic Member

    199
    Jun 20, 2018
    Strength/rigidity.
     
  19. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Ok, I understand your claim now, thanks. :)
    ............
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2019
  20. Kreyzhorse

    Kreyzhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2013
    Eh.... A cross between a Native and Endura. I'm passing on this one.
     

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