The Spyderco Shaman is the big brother of the Native. If you’re a fan of slightly larger EDC blades, then you’re going to love the Shaman!
The blade is held open with Spyderco’s compression lock and the knife fits well in most hands. Overall, it’s a great knife for almost anyone.
If you’re in the market for an EDC knife that comes in on the larger side and can handle some heavy work, then the should be on your shortlist of knives to consider.
It’s large enough to do the hard tasks and still small enough to be comfortable after carrying it all day long. In our opinion, it’s a great blade that fits most people’s EDC needs.
The Spyderco Shaman has an 8 1/4″ overall length, comes in at just over 4.5″ when it’s closed and weights 5.2 ozs.
The blade is made of S30V steel and is 3.58″ long. The sharpened edge is 3.12″ which leaves enough room at the bottom of the blade for a good-sized finger choil. At a little over 1/8″ thick, the Shaman’s blade is on the hefty side yet it still has a sharp, fine tip for more delicate work if needed.
Spyderco claims that the blade has a full-flat grind but it isn’t a true full-flat grind. The top of the blade has enough of a flat edge to make locking it into certain knife sharpeners possible.
The handle is made of G-10 and shaped to make it feel great in the hand. The compression locking mechanism is located on the back of the handle.
You can carry knife in either a tip-up or tip-down position and on the left or right side. So no matter how you prefer to carry your knives, you’re in luck.
The Spyderco Shaman is easy to open and close with one hand like most Spiderco Knives.
Available in serrated and straight blade designs and either a stainless steel finish or Spyderco’s Diamond-Like Carbon Coating. The Diamond-Like Carbon Coating is strong and holds up well under hard use.
The handle is smooth enough to feel great in the hand but still has enough texture to make it feel secure when you’re working with it.
The jimping on the blade and finger choil allow you to choke up on the knife so you can do finer work when needed.
Made in America.
For some people, the Shaman is probably a little on the large size. If you’re looking for a dainty little pen knife then this isn’t going to be for you. If you want a smaller knife that’s going to mostly be used in the office it will still work for you, but it’s going to up to personal preference.
The main drawback of the Shaman is the sharp edge of the pocket clip. The handle itself feels great in the hand, but it’s ruined by the pocket clip in most positions. There are other clips available from third-party manufacturers that will fix this problem but it’s something that you shouldn’t have to worry about with a knife that runs around $200.
Overall, the Spyderco Shaman is one of the better knives available these days for EDC. (It’s my current go-to EDC knife.) It’s made in America, has a good-sized blade that thick and strong enough for tough work yet it can handle smaller jobs that require finesse just as well.
Did our Spyderco Shaman review help you decide if it was the knife for you? Let us know in the comments section.