Ramonade wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:15 am
For me it's the Manix 2.
Same here, though in my case the lightweight version.
Had a black one in BD1 for about a year. It´s not that I did not like it, but it did not "click" and connect with me either.
Since I want to keep my collection small, I sold it, cause I felt that the Stretch 1 did most things better and none worse (except that a bit higher weight) than the Manix 2 LW.
/ Gave the model another try in translucent blue and now BD1N
quite some time later. And began to really like it.
The added "N" to the steel made it perform better concerning edge retention, but first and foremost I began to appreciate the cool looking design, the great carry (light weight, but wide handle makes it very stable in pocket, but its overall shape allows the hand to slide by easily), the very useful bladeshape and the two distinct, and very good grip options on a handle that seems to fit my hand like a (almost too, but just not) tight glove. And the CBBL is a close second to the backlock for me in my likability scale.
It does have a short cutting edge, but I carry it as a dedicated small EDC (with superior grip options) anyway
Then I got the REX45 Manix 2 LW, and it is just perfect in every regard (ultra smooth action, still strong closing bias, fit and finish, steel and so on - even love the burnt orange color)
Since I DO want my collection small I actually sold my translucent blue one, but just cause I know I can always get another one if I want (not so with the Stretch 1 (discontinued) though).
But I can´t imagine to be with at least one Manix 2 LW now, and with the REX 45 variant I probably have my personal best option already...
One thing I´d wish for of course: A full SE version...