If you were going to design your own personal folding knife, a good place to start would be to look at how the Spyderco Manix 2 has been created. Featuring high carbon steel and a hard rate use lock, there are a lot of individual features that on their own, don’t really stand out. When combined into this folder, however, they create one of the best knives that have ever come out of the innovative minds at Spyderco.
What Did We Discover With Our Spyderco Manix 2 Review?
There’s nothing wrong with the traditional locking mechanisms that you’ll find on most knives. They get the job done pretty effectively. Once you experience the patented ball bearing lock that’s on the Spyderco Manix 2 XL, however, you won’t want to go back to a different knife. The ball bearing allows the lock to actually self-adjust so that you always have a consistently smooth experience. The end result is greater confidence in the knife.
With the design of the Spyderco Manix 2 lightweight features which are similar to the Sypderco Delica 4 FFG, some users may be able to open it up with one hand, but for the most part, it is going to be a traditional opening movement to get the patented lock to snap into place.
The lightly textured G-10 handle gives this knife a good grip and at 5 ounces, it is also fairly lightweight. The Spyderco Manix 2 XL also features a blade length of 3.375 inches, with a cutting edge that is just half an inch shorter, that keeps a crisp edge.
How Good Is the Blade on the Manix?
Similar to what we found in our Spyderco Endura 4 review, the Spyderco Manix 2 S30V steel blade offers users the chance to get a lot of hard work done. The end result is added comfort and a better grip thanks to the aggressive jimping that has been included. Including the handle, the overall length of this knife is 8 inches when fully extended, but it is finely balanced. A three-screw clip allows for ambidextrous carrying and a large lanyard pipe is in place to protect the various cords you might use.
The trademark thinness of the blade on this Spyderco Manix 2 lightweight folder helps it to hold its edge for a considerable amount of time. The ergonomics of the handle are similar to what we found in our Spyderco Military review and the blade can’t be overlooked either. Users can put this knife through its paces and it will stand up to the pressure. It’s strong enough to whittle wood, yet easy enough to use that you’ll want to keep it on hand for those times when any blade will do.
An added advantage is that the Manix 2 works well even with gloves on. This Spyderco Manix 2 review has come to the same conclusion that our Spydero Civilian review reached: that there really isn’t anything to complain about this folder. It won’t take the place of a large fixed blade knife, but it will replace any folder you might have right now with ease. If you need a new knife that has unquestioned strength, then the Manix 2 is the knife to get.