ZT vs Spiderco

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Spiderco manix 2 xl vs ZT 0350 for hard use. Anything from food prep to wood processing. Which is better?
 

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Personally, I would think the ZT 0350 for hard use - the Manix 2 XL perhaps for the food processing. I have a ZT 0350 but do not own a Manix 2 XL. The biggest disadvantage to the ZT 0350 in my opinion is that it is an assisted opener.

Spiderco manix 2 xl vs ZT 0350 for hard use. Anything from food prep to wood processing. Which is better?
 
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While the 350 is a nice knife, I'm not a big fan of recurve blades, so I'd go Manix XL. I've owned both in the past though and either one should work for you.
 
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Manix 2 XL for anything short of prying. Very good cutting geometry, nice strong lock, very comfortable. I much prefer it to the 0350.
 

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I'd say the Spyderco, as long as "hard use" is limited to hard cutting tasks, as post to prying, chopping, etc.
 
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I would also say the Spyderco but neither will last depending on what you mean by hard use. They are folding knives after all. Not fixed blades and not prybars. If you require either of those, get and use those not a folder.
 

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Apples and oranges, love them both. Spyder for fine slicing, ZT for harder usage.
 
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the manix xl is lighter and easier to carry for me, its cheaper than the 0350, and i think the ball lock would most likely be more reliable than a linerlock
 

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I would also say the Spyderco but neither will last depending on what you mean by hard use. They are folding knives after all. Not fixed blades and not prybars. If you require either of those, get and use those not a folder.

I have my BK fixed blades for that just wanting a folder that I can use as a backup that can stand the abuse. Also having a folder that can stand up to these tasks(cleaning fish, skimming squirl, feather sticks, notching, carving and general camp chores)is just awesome!!!
 
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I have my BK fixed blades for that just wanting a folder that I can use as a backup that can stand the abuse. Also having a folder that can stand up to these tasks(cleaning fish, skimming squirl, feather sticks, notching, carving and general camp chores)is just awesome!!!

Any experience cleaning fish or game with either?

Nope but I do a similar thing when we go camping, hiking, general outdoorsy stuff. Spyderco PM2 for the small lighter stuff. Stuff that might just require a quick one hand open and closed single cut. Fixed blade on my belt for the heavier stuff & fun stuff!

In your situation I would go with the spyderco. Easier one hand manipulation (often when out and about what you want to cut is already in hand so true effortless one hand opening closing is important to me). the Spyderco will also be more slicey for that sort of stuff (possibly game cleaning). Your fixed can handle the hard stuff that needs a dedicated tougher blade.
 
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Neither. If you know you're going to be "processing wood" then use the proper tool - a fixed blade. It's not hard to incorporate, for example, a Mora Companion into your system. Seriously.
 
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The only folders I would trust with wood processing are made with Tri-Ad locks.

That said, Spyderco all day, but if you're going to process wood, buy an axe or a froe.
 
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Spiderco Manix 2 XL is most likely a clone, stay away from it...

But a Spyderco Manix 2 XL would be much better for the described usage, based on the shape alone.
 
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Neither. If you know you're going to be "processing wood" then use the proper tool - a fixed blade. It's not hard to incorporate, for example, a Mora Companion into your system. Seriously.

Yup. That is why I have a folder for lite tasks and a fixed for the wood processing. Oh, and depending on what we are doing an even bigger fixed for badassry!

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Seems like an odd pair to put together, given the size disparity. Manix2 vs ZT 0350...or Manix2 XL vs ZT 0560 would make for interesting choices.
As for the actual decision making, I'm not one to abuse my folders...if the right tool for the job is something else, I'll use it. The Spydercos, in stock form, will be better slicers than the ZTs. I'd take the Manix2 over the 0350, and the 0560 over the 2XL; but that's just me.
 

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Neither. If you know you're going to be "processing wood" then use the proper tool - a fixed blade. It's not hard to incorporate, for example, a Mora Companion into your system. Seriously.

Like I said 2 posts above yours "I have my BK fixed blades for that just wanting a folder that I can use as a backup that can stand the abuse. Also having a folder that can stand up to these tasks(cleaning fish, skimming squirl, feather sticks, notching, carving and general camp chores)is just awesome!!!"
 

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Camp Gear blade check list:
Bk9... check
Silky saw... check
Bk14... check
Backup mora... check
Beast folder that will hold up in the woods with the rest of my gear through the tough stuff... ???
 

kalan850

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Yup. That is why I have a folder for lite tasks and a fixed for the wood processing. Oh, and depending on what we are doing an even bigger fixed for badassry!

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Haha good stuff! Sweet Junglas! I have been looking into adding an esee 5 to my collection of large fixed blades. She will be mine, oh yes she will be mine [emoji12]
 
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