Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight Knife Review

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Since many years, the Manix series of Spyderco knives have been an important one among the Spyderco line up. It was initially considered as a heavy duty workhorse with G-10 scales, back-lock and a steel liner. And later on Spyderco Manix  was renovated as a lightweight model of the same proportions.

Since it has turned out, I have claimed the specific version of the knife with the S110V and dark blue FRN handles. However, I have been hesitating on composing this survey on it as I am highly not satisfied with it (as a heads up – I am disappointed with the handles. It is better to clarify that the most of the qualms I have with this knife would deplete, if you are considering getting the regular/G-10 version instead of the S110V FRN version the one which I have got). Now, let us begin.

Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight Knife Review

Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight Knife Review

A great deal of my feedback of this knife will not be obvious from the photos. This is that knife which you need to see and feel in the flesh. It has to be felt in case you want to genuinely understand the ergonomics of the Manix 2 FRN (once more, not the G-10 version). I will obviously portray the issues as I see them as well as can be expected, however given me a chance to begin by saying that in case you are considering getting my form of this knife, you likely should not get it online. Go take a stab at holding it in-store to check whether you can withstand the terrible ergonomics first.

One of the advantages regarding the Manix 2 FRN is the wonderful wire cut. It rightly embraces my pocket, not too loose nor too tight. I generally like that it is careful enough not to publish to the world that I am carrying a knife. The wire clip is really my most preferred one which the Spyderco has come up with other than other than the Spyderhole. It is said that the whole Sage arrangement knives (Sage 1, Sage 2, and Sage 3), have the exactly same wire clips, therefore do not just go purchasing this knife only for the pocket clip.

The 86 mm (3.7 inch) S110V edge on this version of the Spyderco Manix 2 is pleasantly decreased. When compared to Endura or even the Delica, the tip is apparently overbuilt, yet for its expected reason as a general workhorse, a strengthened tip is always positive.

The full flat grind is truly an awesome one as always. I can state that being used S110V has never disappointed, despite the fact that at a specific point it becomes very difficult to differentiate between high quality steels like S30V and super steels like S11OV.

The Manix 2 Lightweight feels completely lightweight in hand. It is so surprising how massive this knife is while considering that Spyderco figured out to squeeze 204 mm (around 8 inches) of knife into a bundle weighing just 85 grams (around 3 oz)! This is extremely remarkable.

The balance point is still somewhat neutral which is more impressive. There is nothing too intense, just that it is slightly biased towards the blade, as it needs to be expected.

The Manix 2 highlights a completely pinned development. Nothing else can be adjusted other than the pivot and clip. I shortly considered taking the knife apart to look at that caged ball-bearing lock, yet after trying it for 5 minutes; I arrived at the conclusion stating that unless you need to get the knife re- pinned, what you see is the thing that you get.

Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight Knife – Lock

While talking about the lock I would like to state that it is a remarkable change over the original ball bearing lock. I now own the discontinued Spyderco Dodo, and constantly found that the ball bearing lock, while aesthetically cool to look at and technologically interesting, was a giant pain to unlock. Heaven forbid of you having gloves or sweat-soaked hands! Even then the caged ball bearing lock settles this trouble by having an impeccably functional (if less beautiful) chunk of plastic over the ball which distends from the edge. With absurd ease this permits you to open the knife.

Just like many other knives in the Spyderco line up, even the Spyderco Manix 2 boasts a substantial choil. Truly speaking, I have already compared it with the Sage series knives; even then I would like to do it once more: the Manix 2 is exceptionally reminiscent of a Spyderco Sage, more specifically in terms of aesthetics.

Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight Knife – Deployment

Deployment on the Manix 2 is terribly fast, with every little force or friction required. The lock takes care of the detent.

Here it shows you how did Spyderco figure out to fit such a great amount of knife in a 85 gram (3 oz) bundle: there are definitely no liners besides the cage for the lock. With a chunky FRN backspacer, I saw no flex or any severe problems which later makes me realize that liners are just a waste of time and that all other blades ought to be designed like the Spyderco Military with its shortened nested liners at the most. In all honesty most of the knives (particularly those made of G-10) essentially do not need any liners and all those steel actually adds up in the terms of weight. Spyderco, great work on this move.

And now it is the most important part of the critique. Sorry to the Spydie-lovers (including myself), this will not be pretty at all.

Basically, the ergonomics on the Manix 2 FRN are just outrageous. With such an extremely poor ergonomics I just cannot think about a single knife in my collection. Stating that these blade handles are badly conceived will lead to an understatement. While holding this knife for the first time in her hands, Elise disclosed to me that it felt and looked like a “lego knife.” Recall those sensations of stepping on those little pieces of lego when you were a kid? Imagine that feeling for now– but in the palm of your hands.

Basically the scales are the slabs of plastic on the Spyderco Manix 2 FRN. There is absolutely insignificant contouring, while in practice, what this translates to (even with all the curves and swoops) is nothing but a barely acceptable saber grip.

Once again, this is definitely only true of the FRN version (the one I own). On the off chance that you consider the regular, G-10 version, I can say that you are going to have a much better time with the ergos.

  • Choking up? No thanks. I will seriously pass.
  • Reverse grip? Meh. Not feeling it.
  • Pinched up? Unless you are wearing gloves or have the hands of a lumberjack… no, it is not going to work out.

Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight Knife – Handle

The actual problem at play is not where I am overstating how awful the ergonomics of the handles are, yet rather having even better FRN handle alternatives from a similar company but at a low cost. What would inspire someone buy the Manix 2 FRN after playing with a Delica? Or a Stretch? Or an Endura?

Holding the Manix 2 FRN and the Delica 4 next to each other resembles to holding a primitive tool by a carefully crafted work of functional art. Indeed, both of them look as well as cut really good, however one is really pleasant to touch and charming to utilize!

Spyderco’s Manix 2 FRN suffers from mediocre injection molding of its FRN scales other than the crappy ergonomics. It is essentially not as fresh, and does not even feel as high quality like the Japanese stuff. I can feel and see the Spyderco Delica at $70 while I hold it in hand; every cent spent on it is worthy. Spyderco Manix 2 does not give me the same feeling at all.

It is visually seen how awesome the Manix 2 FRN scales are just by considering the difference between it and the Delica 4! With quite sharp edges, the Manix 2 FRN is blocky, whereas the Delica 4 is fully contoured, making it a dream to hold by comparison.

While the Spyderco Manix 2 FRN turns to be a damn pretty knife, I see myself arguing to a point that it is actually not worth buying. But if anytime feel like you probably need it then please, try it in-store first. You might have a different opinion thereafter.

Objectively speaking, this knife looks more like steel. While I considered the Manix 2 FRN to my collection, I frankly felt that it would reach to the top as one of my favourite Spydercos, a hard feat to boast at 86 mm (3.36 inches), a slab of S110V in a lightweight frame? Sign me up! This was what I first thought about. Even then it was completely different than what I actually expected it to be.

I feel that the actual problem could be corrected if this knife would have been tested properly. This knife is quite unsatisfying because Spyderco is generally 100% on top of ergonomics and comfort. While compared to any Japan-made FRN from Spyderco, the Manix 2 FRN handles are inadequately molded and blocky. It makes the knife feel like it is only worth $30 as nothing on the handle is shaped (and still, after all that I am being liberal). Yes, you do get incredible steel on the off chance that you consider the S110V Manix 2, and for around $110 that is really great, yet when you hold a blade whose handles are uncomfortable to the point that the handles practically feel like they are attacking you, you actually tend to forget about the quality of the steel.

Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight Knife Review – Final Thoughts

My final advice: do not worry about purchasing the S110V Manix 2 unless you are going to spend some serious cash and get custom scales made. Instead you go for the G-10 version, or if you are into it for the FRN, go for a Spyderco Endura  or a Spyderco Delica. And still not convinced by the FRN-handle Manix 2 is not for you? Then please do try it in-store, before you think of purchasing it.


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