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Knives you wish you could like

Postby Tims » Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:52 am

I’m sitting here relentlessly flipping a para 2. It has the highest fiddle factor of probably any knife I own.

Yet

I just can’t get to liking it enough to carry. It usually lives in a drawer, I pull it out every once in a while and I always end up wondering what it is exactly that keeps me from carrying it.

I bought it years ago after a few years out of the game. One day I was curious what the knife scene was doing and to my surprise I saw that the Australian import laws had relaxed. All the cool knives that I could only dream of owning were now fair game. So like a dog unsure of its next meal, I bought the only Para 2 my regular vendor had in stock. A satin blade digi camo.

I’m not a fan of camo but pulled the trigger anyway, lest the powers that be change their minds and close the borders again and I miss out.

I carried it for a while but had some chipping issues with the s30v. After that I put it away and it’s never made it’s way back into my pocket.

Still, camo and s30v isn’t enough to kill the dream. There are countless variations available now.

The handles a bit too thick
The blades a bit too short for the handle and I’m not in love with upswept tip.

But the ergos are perfect and the compression lock is a nice break from my beloved backlocks.

With all that said, I’m thinking about rolling the dice on another one. This time, optioned the way I want. Theres a chance I’ll regret it but I just can’t write it off.


So, to those who managed to read through that drivel I ask, is there a particular model that you want to like but for whatever reason, just can’t?

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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby TomAiello » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:40 am

For me it's the PM2. Everyone seems to love it, but it just doesn't work for me. The Manix 2 is about a hundred times better for me. The Military fits my hand better than the PM2 (and gets pocket time as well). I've tried several PM2s, in some of my favorite steels (I have one in m390 for example) and I just can't get into it.

Even stranger, the PM3 is a great fit for my hand. The PM2 just doesn't feel right, but the PM3 fits me like a glove.

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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby DBCOOPER » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:54 am

The manix 2, owned the pm2 and Benchmade griptillian, and thought I would love the manix 2, but after getting it, wasn't too happy with it unfortunately
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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby Wartstein » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:34 am

Not with Spyderco: Every mode I thought I'd like, I did when getting it in hand, sometimes even more than expected.
For me your "PM2" is the Esee Laserstrike. Really want to like it, thought I would, but it just does too bad in whittling and edge holding.
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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby JonLeBlanc » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:12 am

I can understand (conceptually) peoples' issues with the PM2, but I for one am quite glad I don't have that problem! :) For me, it's the Manix. The ergo's are great, but I'm just not digging the blade geometry.
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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby Larry_Mott » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:22 am

Manix 2 CBBL, no doubt. Only kept the blue scale distributor special. I tried to get on the hype train twice but fell off :)
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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby zhyla » Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:37 am

If I liked any more knives I’d have to start carrying 3 at a time.

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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby ladybug93 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:47 am

i couldn’t get on board with the pm2 either. i just don’t find it as ergonomic as the manix. it’s interesting how people seem to be in one camp or the other.

i also wish i could like the caribbean. maybe because i’ve never held one, but i just can’t get past the looks. in theory, it sounds like the perfect knife for me, but it’s not attractive to me at all.

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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby 500Nitro » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:03 am

A few of the smaller knives (smaller than Endura). Admittedly I have rarely handled them as shops here don't carry them
but never had a good run with more dainty knives.

Spyderco Caribbean - I like it but something about the handle puts me off until I see one in the hand.
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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby ferider » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:26 am

  • The most recent disappointment is the Amalgam. Very well build, size should be perfect, but I just don't jell with it. And I rationally don't understand.
  • The ATR2. Forgive me fans, but this one does feel like a gas station knife; and it could be just the sound of the thick teflon washers that I don't like.
Then again, it goes the other way, too:
  • It's a funny thing with the PM3: clearly too small for my hands and EDC. But then I have an M390 copy on my workshop table that gets used more than any other of my knives.
  • I did not expect much from the Caribbean. But boy what a cool knife that is (leaf).
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Postby AccountDeletedUserRequest » Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:45 pm

Endura 4.

This would be a perfect small knife for EDC for me if the handle shape was the same as the Endura 3. Moving the finger grooves around ruined the ergonomics for me.

This model gets all sorts of cool sprints I don't get to enjoy because of the handle. Instead I stick with Pacific Salts.

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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby Daveho » Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:26 pm

PM2 and the military aswell-
Had a few of each at this point and while I like em while I have them I can’t help but move em on for greener pastures.

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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby Wartstein » Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:30 pm

ferider wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:26 am

Then again, it goes the other way, too:
  • It's a funny thing with the PM3: clearly too small for my hands and EDC. But then I have an M390 copy on my workshop table that gets used more than any other of my knives.
  • I did not expect much from the Caribbean. But boy what a cool knife that is (leaf).
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"The other way round" is a whole different story (and there was a thread adressing this recently? Something like "knifes you did not expect to like but did"?)
Just ONE example: The Shaman. Do not own one but got to handle it. Absolutely NOT my kind of knife (quite heavy, thick blade stock, short cutting edge for the overall length), but man, I really, REALLY like this knife though I never expected that. Feels just perfect in hand.
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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby 5-by-5 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:50 pm

PM2 and Delica.
I hate the compression lock. I've had 6 PM2s but I'm down to one. Only because I love jade and M4.
I've had several Delica and gotten rid of all but one. Likely due to Boomer grips.

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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby Spydergirl88 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:59 pm

Larry_Mott wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:22 am
Manix 2 CBBL, no doubt. I tried to get on the hype train twice but fell off :)
Me too but 3 times. Love the ergos, hate the lock. Yet I love the axis lock lol.
Also can't fall in love with a spyderco RIL no matter how many of them I buy. Previously hated spyderco flippers but I absolutely love my Mantra 3.
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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby Tims » Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:40 pm

It looks like many of you have ‘pm2s of your own.

The smart thing to do would be to move on and save my money. We’ll see. Fingers crossed Spyderco drops some new releases soon to make the decision easier.

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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby Pelagic » Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:51 am

I really wish I could like Manix LW models since I would have finally experienced Maxamet many months ago. But since it has pinned construction, no liners, and the FRN feels like you're holding sanded Lego's, I just can't bring myself to do it. I don't even think I'd pay $100 for one (taking resale out of the equation). That's how much I prefer liners + g10/micarta.

Holding out for the Maxamet pm2.
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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby BobABQ » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:02 am

The Lil’ Native is one of those knives that I REALLY want to like! I mean, S30v steel, G10, 2.5 inch blade and it is made in Golden, CO. Everything that I love but when I went to handle one it didn’t feel as comfortable as my Dragonfly2. It seemed harder to open than my Dragonfly2. So, the Dragnofly is in my pocket and the Lil’ Native stayed at the store. Very disappointing for me.

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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby embry386 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:31 pm

The Manix and the Stretch. Gorgeous knives both, a wonderful array of colors and bladesteels, lightweight, flatground, awesome -- but the ergos don't gel with my hands at all. Was so disappointed in both cases.

But then again, maybe that's for the best, because:
zhyla wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:37 am
If I liked any more knives I’d have to start carrying 3 at a time.

And I'm happy with the other Spyderco models I've found. :)

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Re: Knives you wish you could like

Postby anycal » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:06 pm

I’m no stranger to having multiple of a model if I like it enough. I only have one Para 3...
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