Luddite wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:55 am
I have five Spyderco folding knives in my collection so far.
A back lock, a liner lock, a compression lock, a bearing lock and a Dragonfly.
I'm now looking to add a large folder.
But looking at the police and the military they are so similar, apart from the lock type, I'm undecided which one to buy next.
I'm favouring the liner lock so far, as I think it's a better locking method.
Which is the better folder and why?
Is there a comparably sized frame lock that I haven't considered?
I've owned the Military in various iterations, the Police 1, 3 and 4, and every version of the Manix XL / OG Manix.
If I could only have one, it'd be the Police 4. Here's why.
- The Police is lighter than the Manix XL, and the same weight as the G10 Military.
- The Police has the strongest closing bias of all three. This is especially important on bigger knives.
- The Police has an ambidextrous lock, the Millie does not.
- The Police has a four way clip, the Millie is only RHTD, while the Manix is tip up only.
- The Police does not have a bunch of needless jimping covering the entire handle like the Manix XL. With the extreme forward and rear guards on the Manix there's no need for all the jimping, your hand isn't going anywhere.
- The Police is slimmer in the pocket than either a Manix or Millie. The slim, tapered butt of the handle makes it easy to access your pocket while carrying the Police clipped RFP.
- The Police has a better blade shape than the other two knives. The slimmer, more narrow blade shape is easier to manipulate through a cut than the wider blades of the Millie and Manix, and the Police 4 has the perfect amount of belly for an EDC.
- The Police blade is thinner than the Millie and Manix XL blades. While the Manix is also 3mm stock, it retains more thickness up to the tip than the Police. Very little of the Police 4's blade is 3mm thick due to the full distal taper.
- The Police offers the most cutting edge of all three models.
Now, there are a few advantages the other two knives have over the Police....
- The Millie and Manix XL have DLC S30V options, which is in another league compared to uncoated K390 when it comes to corrosion resistance.
- The Millie has way more steel and handle options than the other two models.
- The Manix XL has incredible grip security, it really locks your hand into place. For generaly utility I prefer a more open handle design like the Police, but for some cutting tasks the meat of the Manix XL's forward and rear guards is preferable.
- While the Police is a very comfortable model with zero hot spots during use, I'd give the Military a slight edge in terms of ergonomics.
I've never had an issue with my hand sliding off the Police handle during heavy draw cuts, whether it was the Police 1, 3 or 4. It's a non-issue for my grip due to the handle shape and textured G10.
I've used all three models for years, and have been content EDCing any of them, save for the one time I had a Millie pop open while carrying it IWB.
For the record, I have multiple Police 3's, just bought a Police 4, sold all but one Manix XL (DLC version) and sold off all of my Millies.
For my preferences, the advantages of the back lock alone put the Police over the Millie for me, especially now that the weights are identical.