I love this knife. I have carried a Spyderco Delica 4 and the smaller Dragonfly for years. Although the Delica is a great knife and served me well, I was never thrilled with the look of it. The blade narrowing near the pivot just gave it an urban street look to me and I...
I love this knife. I have carried a Spyderco Delica 4 and the smaller Dragonfly for years. Although the Delica is a great knife and served me well, I was never thrilled with the look of it. The blade narrowing near the pivot just gave it an urban street look to me and I feel a little self conscious depending where I am using it. Not to say its a bad knife, I have several Delica''s. They are good knives. I really liked the Native''s blade and handle from the catalog picture and the actual knife did not disappoint when I got it in hand. It just felt right and looked good too. I thought long and hard about whether to get the Native with the FRN hangle or G10. I decided to go with the FRN because of the weight. The FRN model does not have liners and it is lighter, but there is nothing flimsy about this knife. It is perfectly capable of doing anything I need. It feels more secure in my hand than the Delica for heavier cutting jobs. At 2.5oz, it feels comfortable in my pocket. In fact, lighter than my G10 Delica.
The knife came nicely sharpened. Of course I had to dull it up shredding cardboard boxes and cutting rope. It held its edge great. It didn''t stay shaving sharp, but it kept cutting until I got tired. It was easy to touch up on the Sharpmaker. I have many Spyderco''s and this is the first that easily matched the 30 degree Sharpmaker angles with little to no work on my first sharpening. The S35VN steel sharpens a lot like VG10 but stays sharp longer. Its impossible for me to say how much better than VG10 so I''ll just leave it at "I''m very pleased with this knife. No regrets. Love it". That said, being a collector/user, I ordered the S110V version to compare. Like the S35vn, the S110 lost its shaving edge during the cardboard shredding. Also like the S35vn, it kept cutting until I was tired. But its much trickier to sharpen. I can do it pretty quickly on diamonds though. I still struggle to get it hair popping shaving sharp but its not worth the trouble because it will quickly get back to a utility edge. On the plus side, that utility edge seems to last forever. I realize I might not be experienced in proper technique with s110v, but I I prefer s35vn. Its just easier to keep the s35v really sharp and its no slouch on edge retention. When its slightly dull, I can bring it back in seconds. I don''t do a lot of rough heavy duty cutting. My everyday cutting is more like opening plastic sacks, padded envelopes, cloth bags, cutting string, bubble wrap and some rope. I prefer a level of sharpness that is tough to get and keep with the s110v. The s110v seems to quickly fall below what I want. It often fails to cleanly slice through some of those thin plastics and paper that I cut. I''d say the s110v is more toothy and requires more sawing when cutting certain things where the s35vn stays sharp enough to push through. With either steel, you are getting a great knife. If you are on the fence of what steel to get, I''d say unless you are really looking to try an S110v knife, go for the S35VN. It won''t disappoint. If you are not an experienced sharpener, I would also steer you to the S35VN. S110v is different, not necessarily better.
As a side note, Spyderco is changing the s35vn to s30vn on the FRN Native sometime in 2018. It should not be a noticeable change.