Spyderco’s C41GP5 Native 5 has a spear point CPM-S35VN steel blade. The handle has steel liners with black G-10 scales. The Native 5 comes with a lock back and reversible pocket clip for easy carry. The Native 5 represents an evolution in American knife making with a bold G-10 handle and nitrogen-hardened CPM-S35VN blade. The Native 5 is Spyderco’s first production folder made using Crucible Inc. powdered technology CPM-S35VN steel. Its flat-ground blade is Plain Edged with a weight reducing spine-swedge made using CPM-S35VN. The steel is similarly structured to Crucible’s CPM-S30V but with the addition of niobium (columbium) carbides along with vanadium and chromium carbides. Niobium makes steel tougher while improving its resistance to wear and chipping and offers improved edge retention over basic smelted high-chromium steels. The G-10 handle harbors dual skeletonized liners, a full-length back spacer and a back lock. First introduced to the knife industry decades ago, back locks have undergone many refinements and through better manufacturing techniques are among the safest and easiest locking systems to operate. Today’s American-made back-locks have better self-closing ability, smoother action, solid lock-up and ease-in push-release opening for a higher caliber of lock. Implementation of a new Bushing Pivot System on the Native 5 improves the blade’s open/close fluidity while the folder itself is constructed with larger-sized torx screws for simple adjustments and tightening. A four-way, transport-friendly, hourglass pocket clip can be positioned for tip-up/tip-down and left-/ or right-handed carry with a hole through the center of the clip ready for threading a thong or lanyard. Spyderco’s Native 5 showcases the maturation of American knife making techniques and how today’s modern folders are sharper, smoother and better performing knives than their early back lock predecessors.