I have owned this knife for over three years so I’m not jumping the gun when I say that this knife great. Seriously, I think I can only come up one minor complaint, which we will get to latter. Everything else is just great. The aesthetics are great. The model I own is classy. I have used this knife a ton for my job and I enjoy having this tool around. I need not say more for this introduction. We shall get into the details!
This review will begin by starting with the blade and moving rearward. The Spyderco Manix 2 is offered in several higher-end blade steels such as Carpenter Technology Corporation’s CTS® BD1 and Crucible Industries CPM® M4, CPM® S30V®, and CPM® S110V®. You can learn a little more about these impressive steel formulas by clicking here. My particular knife’s blade is made of CPM® S30V®. The Manix 2 has a 2.85″ (7.2cm) flat ground, leaf-shaped blade (it slices things like no one’s business). The blade measurement doesn’t include the finger choil, by the way. Just like any other Spyderco, the Manix 2 has an opening hole rather than thumb studs. I can flick open the Manix 2 with my middle finger quite easily. It’s not really an intuitive motion, like with the Spyderco Efficient, but after a week or two, you will get the hang of it.
I like my everyday carry knives with manual actions, and this knife has a manual action. No assisting mechanism. The Manix 2’s with G10 scales and steel liners will have an extra smooth pivot. The plastic handled ones will not be as smooth but are obviously lighter. With my Manix 2, I can pull back on the lock while the knife is in a horizontal position and the blade will drop and swing back and forth a few times before it comes to a stop; pointing at the ground. The locking mechanism is what is known as a ball bearing lock. Basically, there is a BB pushing on the blade and this BB will engage with a notch in the blade when the blade is opened up. To close the knife, you have to pull back on the textured plastic tabs that house the ball bearing. This locking mechanism is functionally the same as SOG’s Arc-Lock and Benchmade’s Axis Lock.
Now for the handle. Like I said, this knife comes in numerous configurations. If I understand it correctly, there are two handle constructions. G10 scales on steel liners and solid plastic handled ones. The G10 Manix 2’s are just that. They have mildly-textured G10 scales on top of unskeletonized steel liners (there is a project for someone; skeletonize the liners). Another point on the handle is that it feels pretty good in the hand. The shape is nice and the G10 ones have heavy jimping on the liners. My one complaint, is that there isn’t jimping on the butt of the handle, above the lanyard hole. There definitely should be jimping at this location.
Lastly, we have the pocket clip. The G10 Manix 2’s have flat, more traditional pocket clips, where as the plastic handled ones have wire pocket clips. Both are made of steel. Some G10 scaled ones have coated clips but the rest are polished to a shine. My Manix’s pocket clip holds onto pocket material pretty well. Too well, if you ask me but at least it won’t slide out of my pocket and get lost. The wire clips aren’t so fierce when it comes to grabbing on pockets. Both clip types/handle types are able to be carried left or right-handed in a tip-up fashion. No tip-down crap because that is less efficient.
The Manix 2 from Spyderco is a high quality E.D.C. folding knife. I love using it and carrying it. The model I have is very classy and certainly be an option as a “dress knife” what with it’s polished steel pocket clip, nice geometry, and solid black G10 handle scales. The plastic handled ones with BD1 blade steel are lightweight and don’t rust easily. Those make for great knives for the physically active among us or those who are in watery environments.
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