First Impression of Spyderco Manix 2 XL
The first time you hold the Manix 2 XL, you will feel the bigger size of its handle. Its bigger than other Spyderco knives. Another thing you will feel is its weight – though not uncomfortably heavy, but it is definitely heavier than the Manix 2 Lightweight and Paramilitary 2 weighing 3.8oz. Although, it is acceptable and easy to carry because it is well-made with exceptional ergonomics.
It is also surprisingly sturdy and tough. I also experienced holding it with gloves, and I did not have any problems reason being 5 inches of handle length. It was in fact, easier to have a firmer grip with gloves. The over-sized Spyder hole, the aggressive jimping on the thumb ramp, and the liners all make sure that the grip is firm and sturdy in any kind of gloves and weather conditions. The XL size also provides extra room around the handle to hold it while wearing bulky gloves. It is also a great fit for bulky or large hands.
Therefore, if you are outdoor enthusiast and a knife freak, Manix 2 could be a great choice for you. The G10 handle is perhaps the best handle material Spyderco could use, providing a clean finish and elimination of accumulation of dirt while holding it. A low-quality handle material may require more regular cleaning for better functioning.
If we compare the size, it is almost the same as Spyderco Tenacious, but a bit smaller than Spyderco PM2. The moment I held the knife, it fit exceptionally well, hugging my hand and felt like an extension of my fist.
The bottom of the thumb hole declared the knife’s origin just like all the other Spyderco knives made in Golden, Colorado, USA, Earth, depicting the knife’s authenticity.
On the back side, there’s another inscription that states the steel type of the blade: CPM S30V. Although it is also available in BB1 iron steel, it is inferior to S30V in $20 less. The S110V is a slightly superior steel for about $40 more. Therefore, you can choose whatever steel you like. I like the fact that it comes with such options. You can choose whatever steel material you want in whatever price range that suits you.
The blade is not too thick neither too thin, which is nice. I half expected this knife to be beefier, considering its size and weight.
As you can see, the blade is thicker from the handle up and thinner towards the tip, making the tip sharp enough.
The belly of the blade is also smooth and meant to cut through nicely. On top of that, I like the blade finish, especially because it was devoid of scratches.
Moreover, there is no part of the knife that the steel liners do not cover. They are also appealing to the eye in terms of build. The metal block covering the inside of the knife holds the ball-bearing lock.
You push the ball-bearing to close and open the knife, which is a bit new and unusual in Spyderco knives.
If you leave the ball-bearing open, the blade will swing around. If you close it, the blade will lock securely. It is because of the spring inside the ball-bearing. It kind of looks like a button, but you have to move it around with the tip of your thumb to open and close the knife.
If you like, you can use both your hand and the ball-bearing lock to flip it open and close, and works well with left and right hand. It can take some getting used to if you have not had the pleasure of experiencing a ball-bearing lock before. However, it operates smoothly. I did not experience any problems with it. Perhaps I’ll get more used to it over time.
However, the disadvantage of the spring ball-bearing is that it can get loose over time. It is already very smooth, but with time the spring can give way. And if it starts to rust, then the lock may stop working. But we’ll see how it works over time.
On the other hand, the knife feels solid in my hand and the blade is screwed well in the middle. I tried tapping it against the surface to see if it will give way, but it held its own pretty well.
Another thing I like about Manix 2 is that it is completely ambidextrous. As you can see at the back of the knife handle, the ball-bearing lock has the spring opening on both sides, making it equally flexible and hand-friendly for lefties.