a lot of people hate on the manix for having a blocky grip, but i think it’s perfect. after holding the native salt, i understand what they are saying though. it still doesn’t bother me at all, but it is slightly less ergonomic to me than the manix. what this tells me is that the manix just happens to fit my hand perfectly, but if my hand was a different size compared with the grip, it would be less comfortable.
that said, having tried the shaman, i found it less comfortable in my hand than the manix because it thins out toward my pinky and gives me less to hold on to. normally, i like a contoured grip, but i didn’t care for it on the shaman.
some people hate the manix and love the shaman. i happen to be opposite. there are just too many variables to please everyone, so i’m glad spyderco has a wide range of knives. i think the happy medium might be the para3 because it’s still blocky, but has just enough rounding of the edges to be nicer in the hand. i don’t own one, but i remember it being more comfortable in my hand than the pm2. i think they did this to the caribbean too, but i haven’t held one yet.