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Manix 2 G10

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Nocturnal13, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. Nocturnal13


    Apr 18, 2017
    Hi guys,

    I have a black G10 Manix 2 since 2016. When I first got it, it wasn't free dropping and kind of stiff. That was when I was first getting started with folders so I wasn't really so much bothered by it.

    Until about 2017 when I disassembled it for the first time. I don't recall if there was blade play (I don't think there was) but it was free dropping. Now I can't get rid of side to side play. If I tighten all the screws, including pivot, very tight there isn't any play when open. After a few openings it's back. I can eliminate this with loctite but when the knife is closed there is still side to side play that I just can't get rid of.

    It isn't like a wiggle, more like a subtle click-click. And I don't understand that it is very free droppy and has bladeplay if it's fully tightened when it was too stiff when it was too tight before I adjusted the pivot from factory. Does anyone have any advice?
  2. blame it on god

    blame it on god Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    It's been a long day. But from what I read. It was stiff, you took it apart and now has blade play (slop)?

    If you look at the pivot from the front can you see a bronze bushing on both sides?

    This is what you want to see.

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  3. Nocturnal13


    Apr 18, 2017
    Yes all the pieces are together correctly. I have taken it apart a number of times and I'm not sure after which time it happened but I took it down 2 more times to make sure everything is in the right place.
  4. Mick_1KRR


    May 1, 2016
    One of the reasons i really dont like spydercos use of the stepped pivot design, you either get an awesome fitting one from the factory, or you can end up having to live with bladeplay. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the old style pivot with a male/female traditional coupling like on the old military. Zero benefits to this new design. I was lucky enough to get awesome fitting paramilitary 2's that have zero play and free drop, even with the lock disengaged there is no side to side, but again, that's pure luck, cos i've seen plenty that are sloppy.
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  5. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Send it back to Spyderco so they can put it back together for you. Consider any cost of that to be education expenses.

    For me; never had a loose one including tool steel ones I took apart, put a patina on the blade and then re-assembled. Just luckier than some other folks I guess (or something else).
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  6. Sharps

    Sharps Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2001
    The presentation side of the steel liner has a D shape as does one end of the pivot and must be positioned properly or it will not press into the liner fully which will leave you with additional room between the liners (= blade play). Double check that you've got the flat side of the pivot lined up properly with the flat spot in the steel liner and that the pivot end is fully within the liner.
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  7. ferider

    ferider Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 20, 2018
    This. And make sure the liner with the D-shaped hole is actually on the presentation, not the clip side. Don't ask me how I know :)

    PS: most other Spydercos (Paramilitary, etc.) have the D-shaped hole on the other/clip side, so it might be confusing.
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  8. Nocturnal13


    Apr 18, 2017
    I would but I live in South Africa so shipping back to manufacturers is gonna be a hassle.
  9. Nocturnal13


    Apr 18, 2017
    I did make sure of that. As well as make sure there isn't any hard pieces of loctite on the pivot. Thanks though
  10. Nocturnal13


    Apr 18, 2017
    The manix has the D shape on presentation side but my pm2 is the other way around. It is kinda confusing..
  11. Nocturnal13


    Apr 18, 2017
    I should add that the "click-click" isn't extreme, I just stated that because it isn't just a bit if wiggle/flex that is normal on some knives when closed. I am at the point where these things bother me but I have enough knives to live with it except of course if I could fix it (if I did something wrong). But thanks for all the responses so far
  12. razorburn

    razorburn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    If it is vertical blade play that you're talking about, I would consider it normal.As quite a few Manix 2 models have this,as the blade pivot is wide than the blade.

    If you have a pair of digital calipers measure the blade pivot shoulder to shoulder where the washer sit and the blade tang thickness.You'll find that the blade a bit thinner thus the cause of vertical blade play
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  13. mattmanyam


    Apr 28, 2010
    Are you just worried about the play you're finding when the knife is closed?

    I don't have much experience with that particular problem, because I've never looked for it... I wouldn't consider it an issue if I were to find it.

    If you are concerned with blade play when the knife is open, that's a different issue, and merits some discussion (although this is a very subjective issue, so it's sometimes hard to remedy over the internet)
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