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by Ben_1323
Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sal's Casual Bombshell Thread
Replies: 2568
Views: 639815

Whoa! That's a huge bombshell about the original Manix lockbacks! Those are my all-time favorite designs! Thanks Sal, I'd love to see the return of both the original full size Manix and the Mini Manix.
by Ben_1323
Fri May 20, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sage 2 - Not so smooth??
Replies: 17
Views: 3931

When I first got mine, it was just as you described yours. I'd recommend a little Tuff-Glide; a drop or two placed right along the area where the detent ball contacts the tang. This smoothed mine out nicely. Also, if the threadlocker is too tight on the pivot, use a hair dryer or any other heat sour...
by Ben_1323
Mon May 16, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: You thought the Sage 2 was successful........
Replies: 30
Views: 4899

Heck yeah. My Sage 2 is one of my favorites; just wish it was made in Golden.
by Ben_1323
Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Straight-Spined Stretch 2
Replies: 31
Views: 3934

I would like one, but not as a replacement to the current Stretch. The drop point blade shape is what makes it unique, IMO. So make the straight-spine version a new model or an addition to the Stretch line.
by Ben_1323
Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Anyone for a CF P'kal Sprint?
Replies: 28
Views: 5977

I've always wanted a P'Kal but I can't justify the relatively high price for a knife that would be a dedicated SD only. I've handled one before, and while it feels great in the hand for reverse grip edge in, it's not very well suited to other utility tasks. So I guess I'm saying I would like one, bu...
by Ben_1323
Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:40 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How is your Para 2?
Replies: 50
Views: 8588

I've had two S90V Para 2's. The first one had a lock so sticky that it was nearly impossible to operate. Spyderco customer service replaced it for me. The second one (the replacement) was good when I first got it, but now it has a sticky lockbar. Somehow, breaking it in has had a negative effect. Al...
by Ben_1323
Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: manix 2 with Carpenters steel
Replies: 14
Views: 3331

Just to clarify, I believe the exclusive run from Bento Box Shop is CPM M4 steel. The sprint run should be available to all dealers, it's steel is CTS B75P, which is similar to BG-42 in composition, but is made from the powder metallurgy process.
by Ben_1323
Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Amsterdam Meet 2011 Report
Replies: 535
Views: 131427

I really like the smaller Warrior, but I hope the handle scales will be removable like on the normal model.
by Ben_1323
Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:54 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Guess who is in my rotation now.
Replies: 20
Views: 2381

Wow, great pics, thanks. That lock looks just as strong as the ball bearing lock.
by Ben_1323
Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:35 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Bring back the Mini Manix
Replies: 22
Views: 3646

I like my Mini Manixes, but think they're too heavy and bulky, compared to the new Manix 2. I understand why one would prefer the Mini Manix to the regular production Manix 2, but a flat ground Manix 2 with skeletonized liners beats the Mini Manix IMHO. Mine feels quite light, especially for its si...
by Ben_1323
Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: MT09P Mule Team featuring Cobalt Special
Replies: 66
Views: 12275

I'd also like to know more about the properties of the Cobalt core steel.
by Ben_1323
Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Bring back the Mini Manix
Replies: 22
Views: 3646

Bring back the Mini Manix

For the longest time I was a Manix 2 fan. However, as my Spyderco experience grows, and having just received a Mini Manix (which I paid an arm and a leg for) I can say how wrong I was. I now believe it is a better knife than the M2 in every way, especially the lock. I would love to see it brought ba...
by Ben_1323
Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Fixed Blade Suggestion
Replies: 12
Views: 1905

I would buy one for sure if it was made in Taiwan with a better steel than the Chinese steel, but still a good value steel like 154CM or 12C27.
by Ben_1323
Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:51 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Newb Question: What are lockbacks more popular than liner/frame locks?
Replies: 37
Views: 6062

I'll offer a different perspective. I like back locks the best because of their construction. I've owned every type of lock Spyderco makes (except the bolt action Sage) and I've taken them all apart to analyze their function. In my experience, the back lock offers the most solid and reliable constru...
by Ben_1323
Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knives Spyderco needs to fill the gaps.
Replies: 50
Views: 5814

The knife I would like to see made more than anything would be a 3.5" original Manix. Keep all the features that made the Manix a classic but shorten the blade a little to make it legal where I live.
by Ben_1323
Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Tuff
Replies: 55
Views: 7509

It reminds me of the Rock Salt. The blade and handle shape are similar. I wish it had a thick back lock like the Chinook or original Manix. I don't understand why people prefer an RIL for a hard use knife. The lock is only as strong as its weakest point, which is the cutout on the RIL. I was under t...
by Ben_1323
Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Ever thought of a Strider/Spyderco collab model?
Replies: 111
Views: 13848

Isn't this what the Ed Schempp Tuff supposed to be? Not a Striber collaboration obviously, but it's being designed to withstand the hardest conditions. I believe it has all those features you're looking for in a potential Strider collaboration.
by Ben_1323
Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: My Military tastes horrible.
Replies: 33
Views: 4694

I put a patina on my Super Blue Mule by cutting apples. I also put a patina on a D2 blade using mustard. The mustard smelled pretty horrible as it was reacting. The apples on the other hand were not too bad.
by Ben_1323
Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:22 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mini manix
Replies: 20
Views: 6023

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by Ben_1323
Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: 500th Post Giveaway Contest
Replies: 86
Views: 9817

Cool contest, thanks for the chance. I'll guess 42 fixed blades and 5 Temps.

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