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Spyderco Manix 2 in Cru-Wear/G-10

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Everyone loves a nice Spydie, right? The truth is a lot of models of Spyderco don't really interest me a ton, even though I know they're very good. Another way to say it is, there's so damn many of them, it's hard to keep track, so I tend to look at the ones that are different from the norm in some way. This model is one of the Spyderco locks that everyone but them calls 'some kind of axis lock'. They would too, if they could. They can't because 'axis lock' is a vigorously defended trademark. Made in the USA.
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This lock is fundamentally different from an axis lock with its omega spring and its barrel rod in its design -- but in execution, it's not terribly different from the axis lock. Benchmade folks will see this at first as just an axis lock with big buttons, and that's about 90% accurate. The remaining 10% is mostly in how the knife disengages from the axis lock when you're flipping it open, and how the lock behaves when the knife is nearly closed. If you can flip an axis lock knife open and shut easily, you'll know how to open a Manix 2 - but you'll see what I mean, and it'll take you a minute or two to get used to the difference. The lock just rides against the tang a little more forcefully at points because of the different angle of the lock spring, the physics of this lock is such that the amount of pressure placed between lockface and tang varies a lot more across the entire flip than it would with a simple axis lock.
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Moving onward -- as is usual for Spydies, the ergos are carefully considered, the jimping is grippy and design elements double as finger guards.
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Cru-Wear is often described as an improvement on D2, which is I think something that people say about a lot of steel when they don't know dick from dunk about steel. I've heard people I respect say that in terms of daily use it's hard to tell Cru-Wear from S30V, which is a verra nice steel in my book. I can flip it open a few different ways, with the aperture or the lock, but it did need a faint adjustment before it'd drop shut. Like everything I've gotten from the Golden plant, it's sharp enough to push cut things and the grind and hone are both very professional, no warping or gouging. I was worried, given the existence of the Manix XL, that this knife might feel a little small in my hand but the grip tends to be right on. The jimping is a little toothy but it's not that bad. The spring on the lock is a little aggressive but I expect it will wear in a bit with use. Like most things Spyderco does, I'd still rather have a PM2 than this, and I'm not crazy about the smooth texture of the G-10 (I think I might pick up aftermarket scales for this) but even considering that, I'm pretty happy with this pickup as it stands. If Drop gives the Manix 2 a run, and you like axis locks, i think you'll like this.
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