Top 25 Pocket Knives that are Indispensable: #13 Spyderco Manix 2

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In June, we took a survey to learn which pocket knives our readers believe should never be discontinued. Respondents were asked to name as many or as few pocket knife models as they wanted, and no brands or blades were off-limits. 404 respondents named a total of 268 models and the average respondent named 4.1 pocket knives. 54 out of 404 respondents said the Spyderco Manix 2 should never be discontinued.

The first Manix 2 was released in 2005. Like all enduring Spyderco designs, it has gone through some changes over the years. The feeling was that the knife was one redesign away from greatness. The Spyderco Manix 2 came roaring out of the gate with more jimping and texturing, a refined blade shape, and a new lock. It has been a fan favorite ever since.

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Outfitted with Spyderco’s ball-bearing lock, the Manix 2 is MBC-certified, proven to withstand at least 200 lbs. of force per inch of blade before exhibiting lock failure. The ball-bearing lock also complements the SpyderHole because it too is fully ambidextrous. The expertly-ground leaf-shaped blade ensures that this beastly folder remains a capable cutter. For a Spyderco fan in the market for a hard use cutting machine, the Manix 2 is a great choice.

The Manix 2 was designed by Eric Glesser, the son of Spyderco company founder Sal Glesser. Eric Glesser grew up in the business and studied industrial design. His first Spyderco design was the Dodo, which also featured a ball-bearing lock. Since that first knife, he has established himself as a principal in-house designer and is responsible for more recent work like the Mantra series.

The Manix 2 comes in two major configurations: a G-10 model with S30V steel, or the Lightweight version, which has FRCP scales and either CTS-BD1 or S110V blade steel. There is also the Manix 2 XL which, as the name implies, is larger still with a 3.8” S30V blade and G-10 scales. All of the Manix 2 models are made in Spyderco’s Golden, Colorado, USA, Earth factory.

Visit KnifeNews tomorrow to find out which model is #12 on our list of the Top 25 Pocket Knives that are Indispensable.

Knife featured in image: Spyderco Manix 2 Translucent Blue

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