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Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster) - F

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
What do you think of Manix Lightweight knife? on 07/09/2013 21:56:12 MDT Print View

I know a lot of folks at BPL are happy to hike with very small knives or razor blades, and hat's off to you. I strongly prefer a knife with at least a 3" blade. I am contemplating the Spyderco Manix Lightweight and would like to know advantages and disadvantages of this knife, as well as your opinions. It is linerless, which makes it light, but...strong? Thanks.

http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=797

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: What do you think of Manix Lightweight knife? on 07/09/2013 22:38:41 MDT Print View

For 3 oz you can get a small, all metal neck knife that you can pound on all day. There is really no reason to hike with a folder other than the convenience of clipping it to your pocket.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: What do you think of Manix Lightweight knife? on 07/09/2013 22:41:46 MDT Print View

This is less than 3 inches, but it's what I carry: http://www.blindhorseknives.com/lgtigerknapp.htm

Weighs 2.4 oz

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Griptilian on 07/10/2013 00:43:36 MDT Print View

Spyderco makes a great knife, but for the same approximate weight, I'd go with a Benchmade Griptilian. The Axis lock is the strongest available, and the Grip handle is light and incredibly tough. The Ritter Grip offers a better grind for slicing and an upgrade om the steel, although Benchmade's 154 CM is a great user steel.

Stephen Komae
(skomae) - MLife

Locale: northeastern US
Manix 2 Lightweight on 07/10/2013 15:49:49 MDT Print View

I've got one of these and I absolutely love it. This is my usual backpacking knife. The blade is big enough for anything you might normally need, and then some, and the locking mechanism is as sturdy and reliable as they come. It also has a very strong detent so the blade will not accidentally open and cut you (better than the Griptilian in this sense).

I have never felt like this knife is weak, but I have never torqued or pried with it. The blade is much thinner than that of the other, heavier Manix models. The plastic handles do have slight flex if you squeeze them hard but no lateral flex at all.

However if you have corrosive sweat or live in a humid environment you may wish to check out the Salt series- less sexy but 100% rust-proof. Since the Manix 2 Lightweight cannot be taken apart, you may find it difficult to polish off rust if you do get any.

I own more than a few knives and this one sees regular pocket time.

Edited by skomae on 07/10/2013 15:51:46 MDT.

Dharma Dog
(DharmaDog) - F

Locale: The Louisiana Swamp
Re: What do you think of Manix Lightweight knife? on 07/11/2013 11:13:23 MDT Print View

My current folder trail knife is a 1992 Spyderco Endura. The blade is almost 3 inches and it weighs in at 2.75 oz. The current model weighs 3 oz. Very sturdy knife, I've cut down small trees with it.

The Spyderco Air Knife is on my radar. 2.56 inch blade and only 1.27 oz!!

http://www.bladehq.com/item--Spyderco-Air-Gayle-Bradley-Folding--10963

When I want to carry a fixed blade I grab the Chris Reeve Professional Soldier

http://www.knifeart.com/chrisreeveps.html

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster) - F

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Thinner on 07/12/2013 23:37:12 MDT Print View

"The blade is much thinner than that of the other, heavier Manix models. "

I did not know that! Not necessarily a bad thing, either. I have some of the heavy duty Manix models and they are beastly stout. A thinner blade would make a better slicer.