Mr. Postman brought my new Manix 2 LW Maxamet today. Generally, the first thing I do when I get a new knife is whip out the stones, strops, papers, and pastes so I can make the knife "my own." This time around, I decided to try a different tack and use the knife exactly as the manufacturer intended it to be. After all, the new Spyderco is pretty nice right out of the box. If Sal wants me to use the knife this way, that's what I'm gonna do -- for now. I know that before long I'll succumb to the temptation to rub on the blade with some diamonds, but I'll resist as long as possible.
I photographed the edge before using the knife for the first time so I'll have a benchmark to refer to in the future in case I ever decide I need a benchmark to refer to in the future. There's nothing surprising in the photographs. The tiny chip is not representative of the whole edge. There are only a couple visible at 125x along the whole length. I photographed it to remind myself that a couple microscopic chips in an edge are not the end of the world and a reason to rush to the sharpening bench.
In initial use, the blade is fine. It will cut hair off my arm, but I wouldn't shave with it. In my opinion, "shaving sharp" is an overused cliché that is thrown around far too loosely. The blade slices through thin newsprint well enough, and it made quick work out of the Amazon box that showed up at the door this afternoon.
I got this particular knife because I've been intrigued my Maxamet, but also because I think the Manix 2 is the greatest thing since sliced bread. And yes, I HAVE used it to slice bread. It fits my hand perfectly, and I think the ball lock is exceptional. My existing Manix 2 is in S110V and it was intended to be my "work knife." I have other knives that are supposed to be my "weekend knives" or "going out to dinner knives," but somehow the Manix 2 LW S110V pushed the others aside and became my "everything all the time" knife. The S110V is perfectly good material, but the Maxamet always left me wondering if the grass is greener. Soon I'll find out.
Last edited by RustyIron
on Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:22 pm, edited 1 time in total.