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Spyderco Manix 2 XL

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by SilentJohn, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. SilentJohn

    SilentJohn

    Feb 11, 2008
    could i please get some opinions about the Spyderco Manix 2 XL . preferably from those who own or have used the knife

    i want to buy my first spyderco and i like my knives on the bigger side. my regular EDC is a benchmade 275 adamas
     
  2. GCG199

    GCG199

    Apr 26, 2001
    If you want a bigger Spyderco knife, but aren't fond of their other larger offerings (e.g. Military or Police models).

    This will most likely be the knife for you. Quite a comfy, ergonomic handle shape too.

    It is a solidly-built knife. I wouldn't compare it to Zero Tolerance or other over-built knives though, as it is a precision slicer.
     
  3. SilentJohn

    SilentJohn

    Feb 11, 2008
    I understand that would you say the military is a stronger design

    also how is lock compared to benchmade's axis
     
  4. Scurvy092

    Scurvy092

    Jan 31, 2012
    I've handled a Manix but found the locking mech much harder to work than my Axis lock knives. I much prefer the lock on my PM2.
     
  5. SilentJohn

    SilentJohn

    Feb 11, 2008
    what about the spyderco vallotton any thoughts on this knife

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  6. Scurvy092

    Scurvy092

    Jan 31, 2012
    the ratchet action on that knife is SERIOUSLY cool.
     
  7. GCG199

    GCG199

    Apr 26, 2001
    I would consider the Manix 2 XL to be the stronger design of the two because it has double liners, unlike the Military that has only one recessed liner.
     
  8. A.P.F.

    A.P.F. Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    If you are referring to the Vallotton, there is no ratchet on that knife.

    The Vallotton is easily one of my favourite folders. It is overbuilt with a thick blade, coming to a tanto point. The best way to describe the Vallotton is beautifully finished and massive.
     
  9. Scurvy092

    Scurvy092

    Jan 31, 2012
    You're right, my bad. I have it confused with the Navaja.

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  10. Scott Dolan

    Scott Dolan

    122
    May 20, 2012
    I like a solidly built, and heavy, knife. The Manix 2 is both.

    I highly recommend it. It's my personal favorite, but in all fairness my collection isn't that extensive, and I don't own a Para2.
     
  11. SilentJohn

    SilentJohn

    Feb 11, 2008
    this would be my first spyderco
     
  12. Scott Dolan

    Scott Dolan

    122
    May 20, 2012
    I have four.

    You won't be disappointed.
     
  13. drvoxmentat

    drvoxmentat

    24
    Jun 15, 2012
    I bought one at the outlet store a few months ago. I went with the intent of picking up a Para 2, but in comparing them side-by-side I chose the Manix 2 xl. The handle is beefy and really ergonomic, with a host of grip enhancements. The blade is long and fantastically sharp, with plenty of slicing surface. I live in Colorado and often wear gloves while handling my knives, so a big handle and spidey-hole are attractive features. It's not incredibly heavy overall, but I am surprised that the steel liners aren't milled to save a little weight.

    The ball-bearing lock is terrific, not quite as easily actuated as the axis on my well-worn 940, but what is?

    The only real negative I have for it is that it rides a bit high in the pocket, and the model I have has a chrome clip. I would prefer deeper carry and a more discreet black clip.

    It was a tough choice with the Para 2. I will probably get one of those too in the near future, but if you're a guy who appreciates a knife that is more substantial, the Manix won't dissappoint.
     
  14. SilentJohn

    SilentJohn

    Feb 11, 2008
    yeah thats exactly what i wanted to here thanks drvoxmentat. any vallotton reviews
     
  15. mattmanyam

    mattmanyam

    271
    Apr 28, 2010

    The latest production runs DO have milled liners, and most ppl say that the CBBL will loosen a bit, as it breaks in.
    I just got mine, so we'll see if mine does, but most seem to agree that it will...
     
  16. SilentJohn

    SilentJohn

    Feb 11, 2008
    how strong would you say the tip is on the Manix blade
     
  17. HardTripper

    HardTripper

    Dec 13, 2010
    Just got one a couple of months ago, my first Spyderco and I love it. It came sharper than any knife I've ever bought, great ergo's, and a1 materials for that price point. I can't see myself buying any folders for a long time. *edit* It does ride really high in the pocket though, the only drawback IMO.
     
  18. HardTripper

    HardTripper

    Dec 13, 2010
    Not a knife you want to stab into a log but I've had no problems drilling with it, and slicing through wires at work.
     
  19. Hawk45

    Hawk45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    I just got a used Vallotton here off the forums. It is a BEAST! I was not expecting such an over built knife in such a elegant package. Grab one while you can.. the Manix will always be around. But get a Manix at some point. I'd go with the standard as you don't get a thicker blade with the XL.. just a longer blade.
     
  20. Szilard

    Szilard

    363
    Mar 5, 2012

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