I am really thinking about getting a Manix once more.
Had an LW model and liked it a lot, but this time I am contemplating the G10 model.
Now: I am not a real "steel guy" and totally fine with the S30V in the base model (in fact I think it´s a great EDC steel), but am still considering the REX 45 sprint (yes, it is still available in Europe, for converted almost 200 USD though).
Tbh I´d prefer the REX45 Manix mainly for the lighter weight (milled out liners) and cause I like burnt orange, not necessarely for the steel... ("nothing wrong" though with experiencing a new-to-me tool steel...
- I have two HAP 40 / SUS 410 Spydies and really like this steel
How close to cladded HAP 40 is the REX 45 really? I know that they are pretty much "the same" steel, but I´ve heard that REX45 is run noticeably harder.
Does that make it a lot harder to sharpen and more brittle / less though?
- How would you "experts" say it compares to S30V in sharpenability, toughness, edge retention and so on? (Rust resistance is not an issue at all for me) - of course I roughly know the differences, but any further input would be appreciated!
- I use all my knives more or less "hard" and I don´t want to "baby" any of them. That means for example cutting and twisting the blade in hard wood, maybe accidently hitting metal or stone a bit, doing not too crazy tip work and so on.
- My HAP 40 Endura or my Chap LW in XHP hold up well to the kind of work I am doing
- I would have no need for a knife that has great edge retention, but is not somewhat tough on the flipside and/or very hard to touch up.
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40