Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip
Quality all around!
I was in the market for a strong knife, both in build and in blade steel. Also I wanted a product which had already proven and distinguished itself. After having extremely positive experiences with both a Delica 4 and a Paramilitary 2 (s110v) this was on my list for quite some time, but in Europe the only reseller in my country sold it for €250,- which is ridiculous. After having a very positive experience importing a PM2 here earlier, I decided to go for it. First of all, I asked the people of knifecenter to check my manix 2 for any faults (sending it back is quite a hassle from the Netherlands), which they did and the order was handled very swift and efficiently. In about a week it was delivered at my home. The manix 2 comes as sharp as I can imagine, Spyderco does a fine job delivering their knives sharp, but bot the 'blurple' PM2 and Manix 2 are without doubt the sharpest knives I've received out of the box. And from my time with S110v steel I can say little to discredit it. It holds an edge immensely long when doing medium stressful jobs with it like cutting cardboard and the likes. I;ve had my PM2 in s110v for 2 to 3 months and I;ve yet to sharpen it for the first time. Spyderco's s110v performs well beyond my expectations which were already set reasonably high. Sharpening might be a chore, but with the right gear and practice in sharpening itself the new edge will last you very long again. In this respect I argue it is actually a low maintenance steel. The steel liners and the leaf shaped blade fold out to click into opened position and into the lock with oomph, you feel that thing isn't going anywhere. It feels incredibly solid and strong, yet not as heavy as expected. Actually, the weight is pretty ideal and also adds to the feeling you've got a real piece of quality tool in your hands. I guess I see how for some people it's a bit sturdy, but if this is a con for you, you don't really need this kind of knife I suppose. THe way it fits your hand more gently then a delica even,and the weight and feeling of the steel liners and the whole deal assures you you've got a tool that can do the hard labor without complaining and without worry. The opening mechanism is very snappy, the lock feels very solid, I still have to get a feel for it when closing but that's just about getting to know the knife. The blade is PERFECTLY centered on delivery. As far as Spyderco's go, I now own this, a PM2 in blurple as well and a delica 4 for the light work and light edc work, So I feel I have all my bases covered as far as Knifes go for the minute, and I should be done buying knifes (yeah right, Delica 4 in zpd-189 is already in the wishlist). I can simply not think of a reason to subtract any points from the knife, the service provided, the price and the quality of steel and whatever else there is. The blade is a perfect addition for when my PM2 just isn't cutting it (well it will cut anything, but I'm gentle with that beauty whereas I feel this blade and build could make trees chop themselves out of fear for this monster. Absolutely brilliant knife