Spyderco Manix 2 Black Lightweight Folder C101BK2 ReviewJuly 8, 2015
- Super lightweight
- Patented ball bearing lock mechanism
- Ergonomic when opened and closed
- Ambidextrous operation
- Cannot be taken apart for maintenance
- Lock mechanism is susceptible to debris
The Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight is an ergonomically superior, lightweight folding knife. This full-sized blade is designed to be ambidextrous and features Carpenter CTS BD1 Specialty Alloy Stainless Steel. It is almost impossible to find a knife that feels and functions like the Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight, for under $150.
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
To keep the Spyderco Manix 2 LW lightweight, Spyderco decided to remove the frame entirely and use FRCP (fiberglass reinforced co-polymer) handle scales. The scales help to keep the knife slight (3oz) but also make the knife appear flimsy. This misconception is debunked by the fact that the scales flex a bit, and if there was a frame, they would not. This flexing only occurs in the opening of the knife cavity and does not impact the overall function of the Manix 2 LW.
EASE OF USE
In any size hand, the Manix 2 Lightweight feels like a natural fit, even when doing heavy work. This is due to some serious ergonomics baked into the design. By creating a balance between the spine jimping and the forefinger choil (as well as adding in some slight textured jimping on the handle scales), the Manix 2 performs better than some comparable fully-framed knives on the market. In testing, I did experience some issues with the lock mechanism due to debris, but this was easily remedied with a quick wash in a stream.
STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION
The Carpenter CTS-BD1 blade steel featured on the Manix 2 Lightweight is an affordable stainless steel which can also be found in ice skates and food processors. CTS-BD1 offers a balance between edge retention, durability, and surface finish, at an affordable price, thus allowing for the Manix 2 LW to retail at such a steal.
There is some concern about the durability of the Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight—that because there is no frame, this knife will crumble under pressure while in use. However, the Manix 2 LW held up very well to my strong and hulk-like hands, and it still looks and functions like it’s brand new.