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The absolute best quality spyderco for the least amount of $ with following crit....

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Dabakr, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. Dabakr


    Mar 7, 2013
    Thanks for the replies. Now-I'm going nuts. I am staring at dueling images of the Sage3 in blue and the Manix2 in black g-10. I like them both a LOT. The Manix2 is a great price but the damn Sage3 is not only SWEET-its blue and available for a little more then my price point. However-without assuming-it seems like opinion here is that the SAGE3 is a great knife but not THAT much more blade for the money then the Manix2. It looks to me like they have the exact same blade with a slightly different grip and the manix2 has a plastic release button. Any disadvantage to the Manix2 button other then the obvious-its plastic, not metal?

    The Superleaf-I just figured out is a little too big for my tastes but I like the blade design a lot. Ideally-I'd like a blue Sage3 with a tiny bit more leaf shape at the Manix2 price. And then I still have my minor obsession with the Y2. Jeezus frggin cripes. I can now see how my simple quest to own apprx 2 high quality blades can be very ADDICTING. Not sure why I thought blades would be 'different' because their 'tools' :rolleyes: So-I am thinking its down to either :
    a-wait the 'torturous' couple months and get the y2 while 'suffering' with the Ambitious and Persistence (and I should have just got the Ambitious-didn't need both:mad:)

    b-get the manix2 g-10 NOW

    c-be completely undisciplined and get BOTH. ....(i wish)

    *even if I sold the ambitious it would be at a loss and I got it so cheap by the time I cover postage it rounds out to a whopping $22 saving. Don't think the difference between the sage3 and manx2 is worth selling the ambitious. have to accept i blew my blade budget on the two 'value' blades. oh well. gone are those heady days of the pre-banking-bust economy:(
  2. Jastab


    Jan 31, 2013
    Option B...go with b.
  3. salmonkiller


    Dec 9, 2006
    Manix 2 or Manix XL if it is not too big for you...
  4. Fancier


    Jul 1, 2012
    The Manix2 is a mighty fine knife. I think you'll find that if the slide button (currently black, formerly clear) breaks Spyderco can fix it. I have three variations on the Manix2 and the only downside to the design is that to close it one handed you'll probably have to use a pinch grip to unlock the blade (a thumb and forefinger on each side of the knife to slide the lock button) and then push the blade closed against something.
    The hollow grind excels at slicing soft or flexible materials where the rapid increase in blade thickness at the spine is not an issue. I believe that hollow grinds give improved results on the CATRA wear resistance test due to the thinner edge. The hollow grind is the only reason that my Gayle Bradley doesn't get more use, since my pocketknife mostly cuts cardboard at work and I find that hollow grinds bind up more cutting stiff material and do not tend to cut as straight.
    I prefer a flat grind for longer cuts through hard or rigid materials (like cardboard) since the thickness profile is linear and the resistance is smoother through the cut.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  5. Blades'n'45


    Feb 24, 2013
    Check out the Breeden Rescue. Pretty sweet but unnoticed blade for around $100
  6. freewheeling


    Dec 30, 2012
    The Manix and Native lines are my favorite Spyderco knives after the Southard, which is currently my favorite knife bar none.
  7. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    Yup Manix2 is great. G10 handle is easily the best quality and best feel IMO.

    Also , the Yojimbo2 is only $104.95 and in stock RIGHT NOW at KW. The blade is thicker than the Manix2 but the knife as a whole is smaller and lighter. It is a work of art.
  8. Dabakr


    Mar 7, 2013
    thanks. the y2 @ 104 sounds like the best solution-even if it is a bit lighter then the manix2. so-what is kw? I looked and found a kw surplus blades but they dont' do internet sales-they say. Is it against forum rules to mention a name outright? (i have only found it as low as $120 at another big outfit that I already forgot but could find it again. It REALLY surprises me that sellers are charging up to $175 on y2's. $140 on Sage3's and $102 for a g-10Manix2) I can;t understand why guys would willingly pay an extra $50 bucks for a blade they can easily search out for less. I am definitely cheap but I have spent a TON of bucks on my 'collections'. I ONLY spend top dollar when it absolutely can not be had for less. A $60 premium mark up for a blade seems excessive to me but then maybe the sellers arent really selling them?
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  9. rg02

    rg02 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    KW is an acronym
  10. Indiana Joe

    Indiana Joe Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    Add yet another vote for the G10 Manix2. Although I like larger folders, my S30V Manix2 is the perfect edc. Highly recommended.
  11. Irminsul


    Jan 12, 2007
    I got a Y2 at KW recently. In what you have written you have expressed the truth. I have about 40 folding knives, most of them Spydercos, and I regard the Y2 to be unique even among that august assembly. Anyone interested should consult Michael Janich's video(s) on the Yojimbo2.
  12. EZ Bake

    EZ Bake

    Mar 5, 2009
    This stupid thread is making me think about buying a Sage 3... Must resist... Must resist...
  13. humblerodent


    May 28, 2011
  14. NateReed


    Jan 20, 2013
    I'm carrying the translucent blue Manix right now. Honestly my favorite knife... I think there was a blue G-10 version a couple years back. If not and you really want it there are people that make scales for knives
  15. Custom


    Jan 15, 2012
  16. Chris "Anagarika"

    Chris "Anagarika"

    Mar 7, 2001
    Blue Tenacious ;)
    What's wrong with Spyderco 8Cr? You've had cheaper before, and seems to like the design enough to get Ambitious & Persistence.

    It's blue ... blue ... blue :)
  17. jwolf90


    Oct 17, 2011
    My vote would be a Para2 or Native 5. You might be waiting awhile on the Para2 b/c of the darn drought:(
  18. bladewacked


    Jan 26, 2013
    just for the record, the manix 2 lightweight handle is fiberglass reinforced copolymer; different than FRN but still plastic feeling the g10 is awsome.
  19. KrisOK


    Oct 17, 2012
    I agree that the best knife that matches all your criteria is the Manix 2. It's a chunky knife, it has G-10 handles, it isn't a liner lock, it's in your target price range and it has better steel. In fact, you have the choice of two steels in the regular Manix 2. The older ones had 154-CM, and the newer ones have CPM S30V. I LOVE my Sage series, but they are definitely mid-sized knives. I wouldn't consider them a beefy knife at all.
  20. Dabakr


    Mar 7, 2013
    just to be clear (and make myself even more nit-picky) when I said "beefy" I was referring to a chunky knife like the Ambitious which for its small size weighs and feels more substantial then it looks. I am actually looking for a fairly smal but heavy (+40oz) knife but I think the two 'perfect' choices are either the manix2 g-10 or the y2. It turns out the y2 and the manix2 BOTH weigh more then the Ambitious so I should be just fine with either. I love the handle of the Manx2 and am comfortable with the leaf blade while I am FASCINATED W THE Y2 and feel I'll regret passing up the oppurtunity to own such a unique and useful edc (which doubles as tactical blade)

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