Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Weight, Blade Material, Lock Type
Manix 2 Lightweight - high versatility folding blade
I am quite happy with this blade. Several things impress me with only few reservations. Blade steel: I have found CTS XHP to he quite adequate and up to the challenge. This way my first powder metallurgy steel and the quote "best quality" steel I own of all my knives. Good edge holding but takes more effort and time to sharpen. One problem I found is that I had acquired large chips after carving wood which took a while to grind out, possibly due to too shallow of an edge angle and extreme hardness of the steel. I have since repaired it with a steeper relief edge and the knife performs fine. Blade shape: Drop point leaf blade shapes make for good slicers (especially with a full flat grind) and have a great tip, but the lack of a flat portion reduces controlled cuts. Also, proper care must be taken when sharpening with a constant angle device, such as the lansky, to ensure a consistent angle. And since it's a Spyderco, you'll need to deal with the strange 90 degree plunge grind and unsharpened recurve at the blade base (also a dislike of mine). Ergonomics: Excellent. Lightweight, comfortable, stiff pocket clip, and quite thin. Fantastic handle forms perfectly to the hand and the scale texture is great. Good jimping as well. My one complaint is that the action is stiff at first compared to a Benchmade axis lock. Also, the pinned construction of the handle does not allow for disassembly unless you're mechanically savvy. Durability: Up to par. It's a Spyderco with Spyderco quality. Handles flex a little, but do not be fooled. Fiber reinforced materials and plenty strong. Not much else to say here. Lock: Very strong and very positive. Tune the pivots right and you'll get zero play with a decent action. Not as easy to close as an axis lock, but adequate.