My 4V Manix behaves kind of similar to my Rex 45 knives (hardness and wear resistance). Obviously geometries are dramatically different, just saying.
Rex 45 has less carbon and the roughly the same chromium, you shouldn't see more rust, you should see less. The general consensus is that Rex 45 is less prone to rust than M4. My own experience, as well as others from this forum, have shown this to be true.
My own testing, as well as 4 others that I'm aware of, show Rex 45 with slightly better edge retention. Maybe it's possible you got one of the "softer" ones? Maybe it's not at 66-67 hrc, but 64-65. There were a few that were found to be in the 64-65 range, it's bound to happen from time to time. If you have multiple Rex 45 knives and and find M4 stays sharp longer, then I would assume you have a stellar example of M4.
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