EDC for CCW

No Longer Vacation Knife Porn Image of the Day: Spyderco S30V Native

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I know Chris is back from vacation, but I felt like putting this one together anyway. The Spyerco Native was my go-to EDC knife for the better part of a decade and a half. I still grab it when my Griptilian Jr. is not within eyesight (I am horrible about putting it back in the same spot at night. Often it gets left clipped to the pocket of whatever pants or shorts I was wearing the day before). This is the second Native I have owned over the years, and they have both served me well.

Like its predecessor, the blade has begun to develop a slight bit of wobble over time. The knife would benefit greatly from an adjustable pivot pin, instead of a simple rivet. But it is still a great knife for EDC use.

The Kimber Ultra CDP II is my CCW of choice. While I love the thinner profile of an S&W Shield, the 3″ barreled Ultra is easy to carry in all but the lightest clothing.

I have only had my TN permit for a couple of years, and EDC of a firearm is still a new experience for me.  I find it is difficult for me to concentrate on my primary responsibility of watching my 3 and 5 year olds, maintain situational awareness in public, and maintain awareness of my firearm. If God forbid I ever find myself in an active shooter situation, my primary course of action is going to be to get my kids the heck out of Dodge, not look to return fire. I am much more likely to carry when I am without the kids or if my wife is along as well. She can watch the kids, I can adopt a rear guard posture as we all attempt egress. I know that there are many of our readers (and RF who is such an adamant proponent of home-carry) who will disagree with this strategy, but one important rule of firearm carry is you must be comfortable with what you are doing – an frankly that is where I am at at the moment.

So for me, it is not a strange feeling to be without a gun. But a pocket without an EDC blade leaves me feeling quite naked and unprepared.

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Discussion

10 responses to ‘No Longer Vacation Knife Porn Image of the Day: Spyderco S30V Native

  1. The native put me off spyderco knives. Bought one new and hardly used it. It started falling apart just from being carried around all day. I know that any company can make a lemon and I never made an attempt to have them correct the problem, but that was my one and only spyderco.

    The company sells pricey knives and I’m not willing to give them a second chance.

    • You know you could send that one you bought in under warranty, right? They’re pretty good about customer service.

      That said, I’m not a fan of any knife that’s riveted together; screw construction or go home.

  2. I understand the point you guys are making. The pivot pin issue is the primary reason that I switched to the Griptilian. While I agree that the durability of Spyderco’s lighter knives is a concern, the blades themselves have always been superb.

    My Rescue stood up well to the demands of Fire/EMS work. I still keep an Endura in my fishing vest. And in the case of the Native, it has seen use that falls towards the edge of the envelope for what that particular knife is supposed to do.

    The astute observer will notice that the blade in the picture above is not quite as spear-pointed as it once was. I have had to grind out a small nick or three over the 1000+ days that it has been clipped to my pocket and called to use.

    • Honestly, I’m not that worried about the durability of any of Spyderco’s knives; they’re pretty stout. Of course, I’m not exactly batoning with a folder in my daily tasks. But cutlerylover certainly hacked a tree down with an Endura at some point. Good enough for me.

    • I only have one Spyderco in my collection, and it looks and feels incredibly solid. It’s also about as far from EDC as one can get, and it will stay nestled safely in its original box, where the riveted construction won’t affect me in the least.

  3. I got a spyderco endura somewhere in the middle 90’s when they were new and won the Knife of the Year award from whomever gives those out.
    I still carry it almost everday and it gets some pretty rough use. Never had a problem with it.
    As far as in home carry, my biggest concern is home invaders. If someone kicks down your door you will barely have time to draw your gun from a holster, much less go get it from wherever you store it. I like to have my 9mm on my person or within arms length when I am at home.

    • I have thought about this a lot. With a curious 3 yo climbing about, I weigh the risk of the exceedingly remote possibility of an armed encounter in my home against the less remote possibility that curious hands would get into trouble. I rely on locked security doors and the four-legged alarm system to give me enough warning time to get into the safe.

      That isn’t to say that there isn’t a melee weapon of some sort within easy reach in every room…

      • But I am very happy to say that my 5yo daughter has learned the rules (“If you see a gun do not touch it, and go find a grown up”) and has even followed them in the first instance she was tested.

        We were staying at a friend’s cabin when my daughter came to get me. She led me to the laundry nook where the air rifle that the cabin owner’s wife used on the squirrels pilfering the birdfeeder was resting in the corner. She pointed to it and said “You said to come get you if I ever saw a gun”.

        Made Daddy proud.

  4. i carry a Native III or Native 5 all the time; i won’t claim to work them as hard as many do, but they’ve always been solid for me.

  5. I sent my Stretch back for sharpening last week and have my S30V Native clipped in my right front pocket. Both are great but the Stretch fits my XXL hands better.

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