The Spyderco Navaja is a large knife made out of S30V. This Taichung-produced knife is unique for it's "carracca" mechanism, which makes a clicky noise as the knife is open. The knife, designed by Ed Schempp, is a modern interpretation of a traditional spanish knife. More after the jump!
It's a heavy knife. Lots of metal in its body. It feels solid, both in weight and lock. The liner lock clicks closed with a loud, solid sound. The clip is very nice and has a gun-metal appearance. Fit and finish is amazing. The bolsters are very well fitted with the carbon fiber and the liners, and you almost cannot feel any seams in construction.
|The construction is very well done. The backspacer looks like one solid metal piece|
|Shimmery-appearance depending on the light|
The ergonomics are a bit funky for me. The grip is good, although the guard for the first finger is just a bit too small, so I grip it a bit further down the knife instead. As for the choil, that's my only complaint with the design. What is it? It's too big for one finger, yet just a hair small for two. When I use two fingers, my middle finger is riding up on the guard. In my opinion, it would work better as a one fingered bolster. It's taking up valuable blade space and cramming two fingers there isn't an option for me- my index comes dangerously close to the blade.
|Just look at the choil... it's a rectangle.|
Also, another thing is the carracca. It is quiet. Try tightening a ziptie as fast as you can, and you kind of get the sound of the carracca. Find the loudest zip tie possible. Or just a zipper. It sounds like that. Not incredibly loud, but a muted sort of purr. My carracca broke after a month and the knife went noiseless. To Spyderco's credit though, they immediately had me send it in and after three weeks, I had a brand new Navaja.
I would not recommend this knife due to the ergonomics. I ultimately sold my Navaja because the choil was just too weird for me. So if you are considering this, I strongly suggest testing it out at a local knife shop before purchase.