The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

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The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Abyss_Fish » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:25 pm

Reprofiled and did some action fix up on my work knife yesterday, a coated s90v orange frcp manix lw. And I realized something,

I like that knife. I’m not totally enamored with it like I am with my other more edc focused knives. but you know, I like it. It’s not perfect, but It works well enough for me.

And I think, at some level, that’s all you really need. Something that works. Three cheers for functionality. Thanks for coming to my weekly brain dump. Drive safe and remember to drink water.
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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Evil D » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:42 pm

They're very capable knives despite seeming very light in design. I do wish they would have updated the scales to be rounder on the corners, that was my only issue.

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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Sonorum » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:48 pm

Evil D wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:42 pm
They're very capable knives despite seeming very light in design. I do wish they would have updated the scales to be rounder on the corners, that was my only issue.

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Maybe it's time for a Manix LW 3 with a more rounded handle and not a pinned construction?
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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Ez556 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:48 pm

More radiused corners and SCREW CONSTRUCTION!! Manix 2 LW is definitly my favorite model though.
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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby carrot » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:57 pm

Manix 2 LW is a big favorite of mine. It just feels right in the hand. And it is oh, so light. Ideal (for me) for backpacking and hiking, and big enough to handle anything.

I do agree with the others calling for chamfered edges. I do feel like it is boxier than necessary.

I have the old BD1 model. I have been meaning to pick up a BD1N model so I can really compare the steels side-by-side. Wouldn't say no to some sprints in some tasty steels like K390, though.

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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Wartstein » Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:03 pm

Sonorum wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:48 pm
Evil D wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:42 pm
They're very capable knives despite seeming very light in design. I do wish they would have updated the scales to be rounder on the corners, that was my only issue.

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=68682#p1040847
Maybe it's time for a Manix LW 3 with a more rounded handle and not a pinned construction?

Would not be opposed to this suggestions, but for me the handle feels great as it is and the pinned construction never bothered me.

What I´d actually really like to see in a Manix 3 LW:
- A bit longer blade so that it extends to the very end of the handle when the knife is closed (this would offer a longer edge like Shaman or PM2 have while changing absolutely nothing else in the knife)
- A full SE version
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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Wartstein » Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:13 pm

carrot wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:57 pm
Manix 2 LW is a big favorite of mine. It just feels right in the hand. And it is oh, so light. Ideal (for me) for backpacking and hiking, and big enough to handle anything.


I absolutely love my Manix 2 LW and yes, it does feel very light! It actually is of course, but I think it feels even "lighter than it is" due to the relation of weight vs footprint.

As a matter of fact the linered Endela is almost as light (88g/3.1oz vs 85g/3.0oz)and offers a bit more cutting edge
and the Pacific Salt (offering a lot more edge) is noticable lighter (2.8 oz in the H1 version, incredible 2.5 oz in the upcoming ffg LC200 N variant)

As much as I love the Manix 2 LW: In my I use I sometimes miss the longer edge knives like the even lighter Pac Salt offer, and so when hiking I often take the latter with me
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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Evil D » Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:46 pm

Wartstein wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:03 pm
Sonorum wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:48 pm
Evil D wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:42 pm
They're very capable knives despite seeming very light in design. I do wish they would have updated the scales to be rounder on the corners, that was my only issue.

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=68682#p1040847
Maybe it's time for a Manix LW 3 with a more rounded handle and not a pinned construction?

Would not be opposed to this suggestions, but for me the handle feels great as it is and the pinned construction never bothered me.

What I´d actually really like to see in a Manix 3 LW:
- A bit longer blade so that it extends to the very end of the handle when the knife is closed (this would offer a longer edge like Shaman or PM2 have while changing absolutely nothing else in the knife)
- A full SE version


Like most knives it's fine for casual use, it's only an issue when you go full idiot mode and cut up two huge bushes with it like I did. Doing heavy yard work will show you hot spots you didn't know existed.
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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby RustyIron » Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:51 pm

I agree with the screw construction. I haven't tackled it, as I'm not sure what new screws are needed, and I'm not so motivated as to figure it out on my own. It would take all of 20 minutes to set it up on the mill and blow it apart, but experimenting with fasteners seems dull.

I'm happy with the pronounced edges, but rounding them should be quick work with a file and sandpaper.

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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Sharp Guy » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:25 pm

I've been saying (mostly to myself) that the Manix 2 LW is all I really need despite having much nicer (IMO) and more expensive knives. It feels just fine in my hand and don't think the handle needs any changes. I also have no issue with it being pinned construction.
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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Evil D » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:39 pm

A blade swap and screw construction are possible with the current handle molds, but I have no idea what screws to order. We had a member years ago swap the S110V blade out of the original LW and into a G10 handle and then reassembled the LW handle with the S30V blade.

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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Wartstein » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:52 pm

Evil D wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:46 pm
Wartstein wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:03 pm
Sonorum wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:48 pm
Evil D wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:42 pm

Would not be opposed to this suggestions, but for me the handle feels great as it is and the pinned construction never bothered me.

What I´d actually really like to see in a Manix 3 LW:
- A bit longer blade so that it extends to the very end of the handle when the knife is closed (this would offer a longer edge like Shaman or PM2 have while changing absolutely nothing else in the knife)
- A full SE version


Like most knives it's fine for casual use, it's only an issue when you go full idiot mode and cut up two huge bushes with it like I did. Doing heavy yard work will show you hot spots you didn't know existed.

Ok, I´ll admit: Never did what you describe with a Manix 2 LW ;)
I do trust you that this would get uncomfortable eventually and almost certainly quicker than with lets say a rounded Shaman handle!
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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Sharp Guy » Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:49 pm

Evil D wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:46 pm
Like most knives it's fine for casual use, it's only an issue when you go full idiot mode and cut up two huge bushes with it like I did. Doing heavy yard work will show you hot spots you didn't know existed.
Why in the world would you think using a pocket knife to cut up two huge bushes was a good idea? :D
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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Evil D » Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:26 pm

Sharp Guy wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:49 pm
Evil D wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:46 pm
Like most knives it's fine for casual use, it's only an issue when you go full idiot mode and cut up two huge bushes with it like I did. Doing heavy yard work will show you hot spots you didn't know existed.
Why in the world would you think using a pocket knife to cut up two huge bushes was a good idea? :D


I guess you skimmed over the "idiot" part of that post :D

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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Surfingringo » Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:41 pm

The Manix 2 lw IS pretty good! Manix never appealed to me but I got the LW just to try out Maxamet and it completely changed my feelings on the design. The LW is like a completely different knife. I still wouldn’t list it in my top 3 favorites but somehow it finds its way into my pocket more than just about any knife I own (other than my salts).

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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby ladybug93 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:57 pm

it's seriously the best non-salt knife that spyderco makes. but the pins!!!!! those pins are the thorn in the side of the m2lw that keep it from being perfect.

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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby steelcity16 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:53 pm

ladybug93 wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:57 pm
it's seriously the best non-salt knife that spyderco makes. but the pins!!!!! those pins are the thorn in the side of the m2lw that keep it from being perfect.

Ha! I hear ya. I sold off my Manix LWs in my last purge and refuse to buy another until they move to screw construction. Hoping by the time a St Nick's version roles out they have CQI'd to screws.
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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby ladybug93 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:00 pm

steelcity16 wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:53 pm
ladybug93 wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:57 pm
it's seriously the best non-salt knife that spyderco makes. but the pins!!!!! those pins are the thorn in the side of the m2lw that keep it from being perfect.

Ha! I hear ya. I sold off my Manix LWs in my last purge and refuse to buy another until they move to screw construction. Hoping by the time a St Nick's version roles out they have CQI'd to screws.
fortunately, i have the xhp version from kc, so it's pretty good to go. even mine had a spot under the handle i was barely able to clean up. i don't know why spyderco even makes the lw in versions with rust-prone steels or why anyone would buy one.

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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Sonorum » Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:06 am

Wartstein wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:03 pm
Sonorum wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:48 pm
Evil D wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:42 pm
They're very capable knives despite seeming very light in design. I do wish they would have updated the scales to be rounder on the corners, that was my only issue.

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=68682#p1040847
Maybe it's time for a Manix LW 3 with a more rounded handle and not a pinned construction?

Would not be opposed to this suggestions, but for me the handle feels great as it is and the pinned construction never bothered me.

What I´d actually really like to see in a Manix 3 LW:
- A bit longer blade so that it extends to the very end of the handle when the knife is closed (this would offer a longer edge like Shaman or PM2 have while changing absolutely nothing else in the knife)
- A full SE version
I just thought of the pinned thing because so many bring it up when talking about the manix lw!

Regarding blade length, more blade is often good!
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Re: The Manix 2 lw is pretty good

Postby Sonorum » Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:20 am

Evil D wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:46 pm
Wartstein wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:03 pm
Sonorum wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:48 pm
Evil D wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:42 pm
They're very capable knives despite seeming very light in design. I do wish they would have updated the scales to be rounder on the corners, that was my only issue.

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=68682#p1040847
Maybe it's time for a Manix LW 3 with a more rounded handle and not a pinned construction?

Would not be opposed to this suggestions, but for me the handle feels great as it is and the pinned construction never bothered me.

What I´d actually really like to see in a Manix 3 LW:
- A bit longer blade so that it extends to the very end of the handle when the knife is closed (this would offer a longer edge like Shaman or PM2 have while changing absolutely nothing else in the knife)
- A full SE version


Like most knives it's fine for casual use, it's only an issue when you go full idiot mode and cut up two huge bushes with it like I did. Doing heavy yard work will show you hot spots you didn't know existed.
I've found blistering hot spots with even less use!

I really appreciate your full-idiot-mode experimentation ;)
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