Both of those Photos by Mr. Bear face caught my eye !! Very nice.
As much as I bad mouth the military, I have to say it would be my choice among the poll offerings - but it is almost a tossup with the Manix XL.
The military is more svelte. The Manix XL is just a monster.
I have the Manix XL, and though it gives me the tip up carry I long for, it just seems bigger than it really is. It has a superb in-hand feel though once open and in use. But my CTS204P military is what I grab when I feel the itch to carry a big knife (actually my Street Bowie is what I grab when I want to carry a big knife, but that is another direction entirely).
The Manix XL deserves more love. It would be an interesting candidate for an upgrade to the Backlock variant. The backlock Manix 2 has thicker steel than the XL, which I find interesting.
If I lived someplace cold and snowy and needed to get work done with a knife wearing gloves, the Manix XL would be my choice, hands down.
(This is totally wrong, I stand corrected, see below).