Oh man, this is a tough one! I have been shilling for 4V for so long and now we have another one in a model I like, BUT...it doesn't check all the boxes for me so I need to pass sadly. I hate passing on a 4V model
Pros: CPM-4V!, Manix 2, Exclusive
Cons: Smooth scales, Carbon Fiber, not FFG, price, not DLC
I'm pretty particular about what I buy (you wouldnt think so for how many i have) so it really has to hit all the marks. Heck, I passed on both Cruwear Manix sprints because I dont like CF and I didnt like the diagonal checkering on the G10 model. And I don't do any scale swaps or customizing so it needs to hit the marks as is. DLC is preferred most of the time, but not having it is never a deal breaker. The scales on this one are what do it in for me. I am pretty set in my ways of only liking the coarse peel ply textured G10 with no additional textures like the diagonal checkering on some models. And as others mentioned, not being FFG is a deal breaker.
I hope St. Nick's still eventually does a FFG Manix in their Red G10 / DLC 4V combo. That one checks ALL the boxes for me and i'd probably buy 2 of them.